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Tessa Archibald

Master’s in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Candidate 2021

B.S., Biopsychology, Tufts University, 2020

What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program?
I have been a student for the past few years, and I spent the summer before entering MAPP volunteering at a therapeutic equestrian center. This program is a wonderful and rewarding intersection of my interests in psychology and horses.

What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
The MAPP’s extensive network of alumni working in unique positions for animals demonstrates how many possibilities this program affords. I think this degree will open many doors to a career I can be excited about.

Interests in and experience with animals
I have been an “animal person” my whole life and grew up doctoring my stuffed animals with my plastic vet kit. Since then, I have become a passionate equestrian, owning my own horse as well as leading the Tufts equestrian team. I cannot imagine my life without animals as a central feature!

What do you want to focus on at MAPP? What drew you to this area?
I hope to learn more about research in this field. I have been involved in neuroscience research during undergrad and am interested in applying that knowledge of the process to a new topic.

What are your career goals?
I hope to have the opportunity to help people and animals through my work, and to impress upon people the value of animals in our society.

I enjoy yoga, longboarding, and reading.

Number of pets? What type?
Meatloaf, my cat, and Chandler, my horse!

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