MDI is a group of scientists and veterinarians working together with dedicated volunteers from all over the world to help dogs, wildlife and people in Madagascar.


Co-Director, Dr. Kim Valenta.

Kim Valenta is an NSERC post-doctoral fellow at McGill University who studies evolutionary ecology in East Africa and north-western Madagascar. 




Director of Ecohealth, Sarah Zohdy

Sarah is a professor of disease ecology at Auburn University in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine. She studies infectious diseases in Madagascar, and combines methodologies to better understand the ecological drivers of transmission events between humans, animals, and the environment.


Project Manager, Radoniaina Rafaliarison

Rado is a PhD candidate at the University of Antananarivo, Madagascar. Rado has spent years working to study and conserve Madagascar’s native fauna and flora, in many of the country’s national parks. Rado has been with MDI since 2015.


Consulting Veterinarian, Dr. Jonas Watson

Jonas Watson practices companion animal medicine in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and regularly provides animal health services to remote communities across northern Canada and the world. Dr. Watson was the head vet for the 2015 MDI expedition to Ranomafana.




Co-Director, Dr. Zachary Farris.

Zachary Farris a professor at Auburn University who studies carnivore ecology across Madagascar. He combines non-invasive sampling with population modeling to investigate the impact of human disturbance, hunting, forest loss, and exotic species on native carnivores and lemurs. 


Veterinarian, Dr. Tsiky Rajaonarivelo

Tsiky is a vet who has been working with the Mad Dog Initiative since 2015. She recently completed advanced surgical training on a winter trip to Winnipeg, Canada.


Sarah Zohdy

Veterinarian, Dr. Zoavina Randriana

Zoavina is a veterinarian who also has a master’s degree in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from Oxford University. She has worked with wild and domestic animals all over the world and has been with MDI since 2014.



International Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, Anne Scholle

Anne is an MSc student at Imperial College London in Conservation Science. She has worked in the non-profit sector in graphic design and marketing for the past 3 years.