Helene Flittie, VG23

Helene Flittie, VG23



BA, French, Arts Administration (concentration in Communications), Simmons University, 2016

Why did you choose to pursue this degree, and why did you choose Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine to pursue this degree?
I believe there’s an intersection between communications, public relations, and public policy that is crucial to understand and execute in order to tackle prominent animal welfare issues. In college, I developed an interest in the role of public relations and how corporations and governments use it to influence public perception. I believe there is a way to apply the same communications/public relations theories to animal welfare issues.

I chose the MAPP program because of its focus on human-animal relationships, animal welfare science, and policy. I knew the MAPP program would equip me with the toolkit essential for the next step in my career.

What are your career goals after completing the program?
I am interested in exploring careers in either disaster response or wildlife crime.

As disasters around the world increase in frequency and intensity, largely due to climate change, we face the challenge of how to assist animal populations (both domestic and wildlife) alongside humans, keeping in mind that the welfare of humans and their pets are intertwined. And with the illegal wildlife trade being one of the most profitable criminal enterprises, policy and public perception change is needed in order to reduce the demand.