MAPP Curriculum

In addition to taking the core courses (VET 501, 502, 504, 506 and 509), students pursue their individual interests in the three core areas of focus through electives, a preceptorship, and individual student research projects. Past elective offerings include animal stress, farm animal welfare, wildlife rehabilitation, wildlife in captivity, animal law, animal shelter policy and antibiotic resistance.


Course Descriptions

VET 501
Animals in Society I
3 credits
Animals in Society I is a survey of contemporary issues regarding animals. Using lectures, discussions and assignments, these issues are explored through four modules regarding companion, research, farm and wild animals. Each module examines the historical, social, political, legislative and or regulatory aspects pertaining to a group of animals.
VET 502
Animals in Society II
3 credits
Animals in Society II, which again uses a four-module approach, examines public policy regarding other living beings in multiple ways, such as the emerging field of animal law, the established field of environmental studies, or the subject of global politics, law and relations. We also examine the influence of science, government, business and non-governmental organizations in defining and influencing animal-related policies.
VET 504
Qualitative Research
3 credits
This course exposes students to the theories and methods of qualitative inquiry and provides a road map for undertaking qualitative research. Readings examine a range of qualitative theories and methods, explore how scholars employ these methods in varying research contexts and note the ethical considerations of doing so.
VET 506
Quantitative Methods
4 credits
This course introduces students to statistical methods and research design, as well as how to critically evaluate the published literature that uses quantitative methods. Students learn to analyze hypotheses, inferences, data sets, sampling procedures and statistical measures. In addition, the social factors affecting the formulation of research questions, design and presentation are addressed.
VET 509
Public Policy
3 credits
This course studies the structure of state and federal governments and how they conduct animal policy in domestic and international arenas. During the semester, we will examine: the politics, policies, and processes of state and federal governments; and the roles of policy makers, political parties, grassroots activism, social movements, and interest groups in state, national and international political arenas. Students will become familiar with research resources, including campaign finance reports, laws, regulations, and legislation, and be trained to use these resources to research and analyze animal policy contests and elections.
VET 510
1 credit
This course, which is taken in conjunction with the first-year DVM students, explores the expanding horizon of our individual, community and professional relationships with other animals. Topics have included the human-animal bond, the welfare of research animals and animal public health. The issues rotate from year to year, and are chosen for their importance, timeliness and resonance with other issues. Overall, the seminar opens-up conceptual space for exploring the contemporary intersection of veterinary medicine and human-animal studies.
VET 515
Research Project
3 credits
The research project focuses the student's accumulated learning on the planning and execution of a work of significant scholarship. This project may take many forms, including an independent research study, original policy analysis, a manuscript suitable for publication, or comprehensive examination. Students identify and refine a specific project, review the relevant literature, formulate a study proposal and identify a research mentor.
VET 525
5 credits
Students in this course work independently towards the completion of their research project.
VET 530
3 credits
During a 4-week between-term session, MAPP students will work at a government agency, legislative office, non-profit organization, or other entity that influences, makes, or implements animal policy, broadly defined. The students will analyze and synthesize their experiences in a substantial written assignment and an oral report to classmates and Center faculty.
Outside organizations that have hosted MAPP student preceptorships include the International Fund for Animal Welfare, ASPCA, Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, Puget Sound Bird Observatory, The Humane Society of the United States and the Animal Rescue League of Boston.