Lauren Martin, VG23

Lauren Martin, VG23



BS, Pre-Veterinary Science with a minor in Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2022

Why did you choose to pursue this degree, and why did you choose Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine to pursue this degree?

What drew me to the MAPP program was the focus on animal welfare. During my time at UMass, I took classes on animal welfare and animal management. One of my classes focused on shelter management. This class really inspired me because it made me realize that welfare can be improved at the shelter level and beyond. It made me want to work to better animals’ lives. The MAPP program’s focus on welfare and policy made me want to further my knowledge on these subjects so I can work on bettering animal lives in the future.

I have loved animals since I was little. My mom and I were always the first to rescue animals that needed help or to be brought in for rehabilitation. I have grown up always having pets so a lot of my experience comes from them. Then, once I attended UMass Amherst, I got a lot more experience with animals. I took a goat management class and a poultry management class. Both classes taught me about the proper care and handling of these animals. These classes have given me an insight on how farm animals deserve to be treated which is part of what inspired me to join this program.

I want to focus on improving animals’ lives through policy and implementation. Having minored in psychology I want to use my knowledge of human behavior to understand why people treat animals the way they do and what we can do to improve the human-animal bond. I also want to focus on how we can change and make new policies that better protect animals.

What are your career goals after completing the program?

I hope to work in animal policymaking or in the shelter environment to improve the relationship between humans and animals.