MLAS alumna Stephany Alvarez completed the program in 2012. She is currently working as an animal husbandry training specialist at the University of Pennsylvania.
During her second year, we asked her about her decision to enroll in the MLAS program and what she hoped to gain from her time at Drexel. Here is what she said:
How did you hear about the MLAS program?
Senior year of undergrad I applied to veterinary school and unfortunately was not accepted into a program. My advisor then suggested I look into master's programs and told me about the MLAS program at Drexel. I decided to apply and was accepted into the program.
What do like best about the program so far?
The best part of the program is learning about the different animals used in research, including how to care for them and which model is best to use depending on the research being conducted.
Why is lab animal medicine important to you?
Lab animal medicine is extremely important to me, especially since my father was recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Without lab animal medicine the doctors would not be able to treat the cancer. There would be no surgical techniques for a thyroidectomy or drugs to help balance the lack of thyroid hormones after the thyroidectomy. I am very grateful for the knowledge we have attained by using animals in research.
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation I plan to stay within the lab animal field. I will be completing my 12-week practicum at Merck in Lansdale, PA, and then hopefully I can find a permanent position within the company afterwards. Ultimately, I hope to someday be a manager of an animal facility either in pharmaceuticals or at a university.
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