Malaya Franden, VG23

Malaya Franden, VG23



Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Science from the University of Nevada Reno, 2022
Associate of Science from Truckee Meadows Community College, 2019

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

After researching the multitude of animal-related master’s programs that are available, I decided to apply to the MAPP program due to its one-year duration as well as its niche degree focus. I knew that if I did not get accepted into veterinary school, I would want to do a one-year master’s program in the year-long duration that it would take for the next veterinary school application cycle to come around. I see pursuing a master’s degree as a way to better myself as a student, as well as an applicant for veterinary school. If veterinary school is not in my future, then the knowledge that I will obtain by going through the MAPP program will make me a better candidate for an animal-related job after graduation, specifically in animal welfare.

What are your career goals after completing the program?

My career goal is to become a veterinarian, and ideally an orthopedic surgeon for animals. If veterinary medicine is not a path that is in my future, I am hoping to pursue a career with an animal welfare group such as the SPCA or HSUS. I am also very open to doing work for the BLM in regard to wildlife, or the FDA for livestock regulation.