- MSc Candidate
- Supervisor: Dr. Yolande Seddon, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
- Home Community: Edmonton, Alberta
- BSc degree, University of Alberta
Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Madelena completed a Bachelor of Science degree (animal science) at the University of Alberta. In January 2019, she moved to the University of Saskatchewan to pursue graduate studies in the WCVM's Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences.
Her research focuses on applying the study of animal behaviour to better understand the health and welfare of swine.
Madelena is working under the supervision of Dr. Yolande Seddon. Her research focuses on applying the study of animal behaviour (ethology) to measures of the immunological disease response.
To do this, the experiment examines the effects of enrichment and novelty during a porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) disease challenge. This is done through provision and rotation of a variety of point-source enrichment objects. Behavioural and physiological responses of the swine to the disease are monitored and quantified throughout the experiment.
If successful, the results will give insight on how enrichment impacts the immune system, as well as providing information on how enrichment enhances disease resilience, social behaviour and welfare in pigs.