Tyler Hazard

Tyler Hazard (’17) will be graduating from UMass with a B.S. degree in Animal Science, as well as a B.S. degree in Psychology. With plans to obtain his Master’s degree following graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in animal welfare and policy work.

Tyler’s animal science career at UMass began freshman year with his enrollment in the Belted Galloway Cattle Management course. While he had not been brought up around livestock, he always had compassion for the docile animals he met on his annual family trips to the Fryeburg Fair in Fryeburg, Maine. When the opportunity to work with the animals was presented to him, he jumped on it. Upon quickly gaining confidence and strong handling abilities working regularly with the herd his Freshman year, along with subsequent semesters, he found himself being selected as one of the course’s Teaching Assistants his Junior year. As a teaching assistant, he was able to gain a firm understanding of maintaining herd health and maximizing productiveness, given ample opportunities to network with outside producers and community members, as well as help raise one of the largest heifer calf crops the herd has seen in recent years.

In his junior year, Tyler also served as a Teaching Assistant for the Animal Care and Welfare course, where he spent considerable time putting to use the material he had learned from taking the course the year prior, while educating and lecturing the class. It was this experience, coupled with his psychology coursework, which pushed him towards a career in the field of animal advocacy.

Tyler has also been involved in the establishment and continuation of a pain tolerance research study grounded in animal welfare and producer reward with Dr. Katherine Beltaire. The study selects candidates from the large pool of newborn lambs born each year at the UMass Hadley Farm and monitors the effects of NSAID usage prior to processing on observable pain response and stress-related blood metabolites.

Tyler has spent his summer breaks since enrolling at UMass working as an intern at Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod in Yarmouth, MA. It was there that he fostered a love and appreciation for the veterinary field. Working hands-on with a team of six veterinarians and a conglomerate of technicians, he learned a variety of skills useful in the field of veterinary medicine including: radiographic imaging, surgical monitoring, IV catheter placement, venipuncture, small animal restraint, and various injection routes. In the future he hopes to be able to use this understanding of the veterinary field to enhance his career in animal welfare and policy.

Tyler is an integral part of the UMass Sailing Team, he served as the Vice President during his sophomore year, and then stepped down to focus on his double majors and allow younger members the opportunity to lead. He has participated in multiple regattas across New England and worked extensively to revive the presence of the UMass club team on the Amherst campus. Additionally, he has maintained a part-time job on campus at Roots Cafe since his sophomore year, being promoted to a student supervisor his senior year.