Catalina Medrano-Galarza


Catalina is a PhD student in the Haley Lab. She grew up in Bogota, Colombia and completed her Veterinary degree at La Salle University in her hometown in 2006. Since then, she has worked in animal health research. Catalina is a very sensitive person, interested in the welfare of farmers but also of animals; these interests motivated her to complete an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2011. After two years back in Colombia, working in dairy and dual-purpose cattle welfare at the Colombian Corporation of Agricultural Research, she was awarded a prestigious national scholarship from the Colombian Government to come to the University of Guelph and start her PhD in May 2014 under the supervision of Dr. Derek Haley. Catalina’s research is examining the use of automated (computerized) milk feeding systems for rearing dairy calves to improve calf performance, welfare, and future productivity. Being at the University of Guelph will help her to reach one of her life’s goals, which is to have a positive impact on dairy producers through the development of tools and strategies that guide them toward more sustainable and profitable production practices that also satisfy the well-being of the animals, and in the end, offer a better quality of life for both the farmers and their animals.