Ny Aina Tiana Rakotoarisoa, VG24

Ny Aina Tiana Rakotoarisoa, VG24

Biography

Madagascar

Doctor in Veterinary medicine and science, University of Antananarivo Madagascar, 2015

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

I worked the last 6 years in turtle conservation in Madagascar where I worked as a veterinarian as well as working on the reintroduction of Madagascar’s endemic tortoise. I observed that conservation is a complex where you need to consider humans, wildlife as well as the ecosystem. The MCM program at Tufts University is a great opportunity to develop my knowledge of the one health approach, which I think would be beneficial for me and should give me a better view and understanding to tackle conservation issues in Madagascar.

What are your interests and/or experiences relative to your program?

I have a strong experience in turtle conservation in Madagascar. As a veterinarian, I am particularly interested in emerging infectious diseases and zoonosis as those are may present a risk not only for public health but also for wildlife conservation. Furthermore, the conflict between humans and wildlife is one of the major issues of conservation worldwide as well as climate change. I would like to be able to find a better approach and mitigate these issues in further future work. Additionally, I am involved in women’s empowerment, inclusive and community-led conservation approaches, which is one of the goals of Women Rise Wildlife Research , a Malagasy-based NGO  that I founded in Madagascar.

What are your career goals after completing the program?

I hope to have a broad knowledge of conservation and be able to propose and implement better and innovative strategies for specific conservation issues in my country, as well as a better mentor to girls and women in conservation research and approaches.