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Sydney Goldman

M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Candidate 2022

B.A., Jewish Studies, Trinity College, 2020

What were you doing before entering the M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program?
Prior to entering the MAPP program, I worked as a receptionist at a veterinary hospital.

What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
For my entire undergraduate career, I was pursuing a future as a veterinarian. However, a few months into my job working at a veterinary hospital, I realized that while I love all animals, my true passion is advocating for the animals who don’t have families of their own. This revelation drew me away from pursuing a DVM and led me to the MAPP program, which will prepare me to work in the rescue and sheltering world. When I discovered MAPP, I was excited to learn that it had a curriculum that would allow me to engage with the world of animal rescue and welfare from a well-rounded and scientific perspective. I also loved that it would enable me to cultivate all of the tools necessary to implement change and make a difference for underserved animals.

Interests in and experience with animals
While I have always loved animals, my interest intensified when I began my internship at an animal shelter during my senior year of high school. It was during this experience that my eyes were opened to the plight of homeless animals and the pressing issue of dog overpopulation in the United States that leads to hundreds of thousands of dogs being euthanized in shelters every year. The following year, I did a lot of travelling to countries with large stray dog populations that left me absolutely heartbroken. That experience reinforced my desire to get involved with both animal rescue and efforts of managing dog overpopulation, with the eventual goal of ending dog homelessness in the United States and beyond.

What do you want to focus on at MAPP?
During my time in the MAPP program, I want to focus on animal welfare, law and behavior, as well as the ethics surrounding human-animal interactions. I also hope to learn more about how the view and treatment of animals vary between cultures.

What are your career goals?
I want to work in the animal welfare, rescue and sheltering world to improve conditions for animals waiting for their forever homes, in addition to working toward solutions that would eventually make animal shelters (as we know them today) obsolete institutions. At some point in my career, I hope to take the knowledge I have gained in MAPP internationally to assist local rescue organizations in implementing lasting positive change for underserved animals in their communities.

What are your outside interests?
In my free time, I like going to the gym, cooking new vegan recipes, watching movies and true crime documentaries with my dog, listening to audiobooks and spending time with family and friends.

Number of pets? What type?
I have the sweetest chihuahua mix (somewhere between 6 and 9 years old) from Tennessee named Tzippie who is affectionately known as Mama. She is my soul dog.

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