Welcome Madison!

Madison will work as a research assistant on the PhD project '24/7 across lifespan: zoo animal and human wellbeing'.
"I am excited to work with people who share my values and are so dedicated to improving the quality of life of animals."

Madison's journey as an animal welfare scientist began with an assignment in the second grade which posed the question “what do you want to be when you grow up?” She answered “zookeeper,” and though this answer changed many times over the years to anything from actress to archaeologist, her interest in animals was reignited while studying for her undergraduate degree. In May of 2018, Madison graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Part of her course involved an internship at a local humane association where she trained shelter dogs with the intent to help them find their forever homes.

It was this first experience with dogs which solidified her desire to continue working with animals. As an undergraduate, she participated in several research projects, including one at the University of Stirling in Scotland, where she researched dog welfare and first heard of the Master’s program she would later undertake at the University of Edinburgh. In the summer following her graduation, Madison was an education and animal husbandry intern at an AZA accredited zoo near her home. The experience improved her understanding of animal behavior and welfare, and she gained many skills in animal care as well as a heightened interest in captive animal welfare.

Recently, Madison completed her Master’s course in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare at the University of Edinburgh. During her studies, she also volunteered as an assistant dog coach with Dog’s Trust in Edinburgh and was an animal care volunteer at a nearby zoo.
Although Madison is still beginning her career as an animal welfare scientist, she has loved the experiences she’s already had and is looking forward to new opportunities to work towards improving the lives of animals.