BS, Biological Sciences, University of Southern California, 2022
Why did you choose to pursue this degree, and why did you choose Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine to pursue this degree?
Ever since I was little, the only profession I was ever interested in was being a veterinarian. I never had interest in any other career. When little kids are asked what they want to be when they grow up and their response is a veterinarian, that often fades as the harsh reality of the profession reveals itself. However, that desire never wavered for me. I have only worked in animal spaces my entire life. Any form of employment I have obtained has either been a doggy daycare, a rescue, or a veterinary hospital. Once I began studying policy in college, I realized that, as one singular person, I could not patch up every individual animal myself. Thus, the idea of creating and influencing policy that could aid thousands of animals’ lives became an intriguing pursuit. The crossover of science and policy in the MAPP called my name and made me feel as if I had found my perfect area of study.
What are your career goals after completing the program?
I have tons of avenues that I want to pursue. I am passionate about ending the exotic pet trade, puppy mills, and animal homelessness. I am excited on being able to focus on the specific things I am passionate about. Career-wise, I have wanted to be a veterinarian that also works in the non-profit sphere. I have always wanted to start or be a large part of a non-profit, whilst also being involved in the veterinary side.