Terri Ciaramello MAPP Alumni Profile

Terri Ciaramello

Education:

  • B.A. Sociology and Elementary Education, Hunter College, 1999
  • M.A. Sociology and Education, Columbia University, Teachers College, 2002
  • M.L.S. Queens College, School of Library and Information Studies, 2004
  • M.S. Animals and Public Policy, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, 2013

Current Position Held:

I am the Coordinator on the Cruelty Intervention Advocacy (CIA) Team. We are currently a team of six that work within the Humane Law Enforcement Department of the ASPCA in New York City.

What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy program?

I was a School Library Media Specialist at I.S. 68 in Canarsie, Brooklyn. I worked for the New York City Department of Education for 13 years. What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?

The description of the program on the website, and then the experience I had when I attended the Open House, convinced me that the program would be a perfect fit.

In what ways do you use your Masters in Animals and Public Policy degree in your current position?

My exposure to the Pet Loss Hotline, the Human Psychopathology elective, and my work with Dr. J. Byrnes and Ann Lindsay on my final project (Vet Student Stress) all come into play as I deal with anxious and emotional pet owners on a daily basis. I also work with animal hoarders and on cases that involve human violence and animal cruelty. My understanding of the complexities of these issues comes from the lectures and readings in the MAPP program. I also use my experience working with Dr. McCobb and the Tufts at Tech survey data to inform my work with lower income pet owners in New York City.

Tell us about your MAPP project or preceptorship. In what ways did it help you form your career goals?

I spent the month of January reorganizing and redesigning the Library in the Center for Animals and Public Policy. I didn’t know what my career goals were in January, but I knew that I felt proud to be part of the program, and I wanted to help make it better using the skills I brought with me. It really gave me a chance to work closely with the Center support staff, the library staff, and even with Dr. Rutberg and Dr. McCobb. That’s what is so great about the program, it is not one size fits all.

What did you enjoy most about participating in MAPP?

I loved it all, but I especially loved being on the campus and being part of the school. I also really loved the farm trips!

Is there anything else you would like to share with prospective MAPP students?

Keep an open mind. Come with questions, not with answers. You will get out of the program what you put into the program. Enjoy and relish the experience because the time goes by so quickly.