I am fifty years old (thereby ensuring I have absolutely no credibility with the high school students who may read your book).
I was born in Massachusetts; schooled in Massachusetts and Virginia. I graduated from Boston University, cum laude, History major and received a master’s degree from Tufts University in Sociology. My first job was in the grants and contracts office at Tufts medical school in Boston.
In the mid-1970s I worked for the president of Tufts, and my primary responsibility was to assist in the establishment of a veterinary school, as New England was the only region of the country that did not have one. During the process of putting a curriculum together, the president of Tufts (Jean Mayer) wanted to put emphasis on areas of veterinary medicine where there was a perceived need, including nutrition, aquatic medicine, equine medicine, and laboratory animal medicine. During this time, I met a number of lab animal vets, and after the veterinary school was up and running, I was approached by some of the vets who were under attack by critics of laboratory animal research. This was 1979 and “animal rights” had not yet been coined. These were animal “welfare” activists and antivivisectionists. Because I had worked at an academic health center, I certainly understood the need for animal-based biomedical research, but I was also an animal lover—and have been a lifelong horse owner. So I made sure