Chirantana Mathkari

Assistant Professor

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  • Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, U.S.A.
  • M.S., University of Lincoln, U.K.
  • D.V.M., Maharashtra Animal & Fishery Sciences University, India
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Dr. Chirantana Mathkari is a veterinarian-turned-anthrozoologist, whose academic interests lie in examining human-animal interactions through the interdisciplinary lens of One Wellbeing. A certified University of Maryland Teaching and Learning Program practitioner, she enjoys utilizing her pedagogical skills to teach fundamental and advanced courses in anthrozoology and animal behavior. Throughout her career, Dr. Mathkari has worked with an array of animals including red footed tortoises, white tigers, Asian elephants, dogs, cats, guinea pigs, Japanese quail, cows, sheep, pigs and humans! Human’s treatment of an animal impacts not only the human’s wellbeing, but also that of the animal and the environment.

Dr. Mathkari studies the human, animal and environmental aspects of conventional and non-conventional human-animal interactions. She utilizes behavioral, physiological, psychological, sociological, and pedagogical measures to analyze, evaluate and re-evaluate wellbeing scientifically. An ecofeminist at heart, Dr. Mathkari enjoys penning animal-centric short fiction and cooking healthy food for the homeless.


  • Shaffner Award for Research in Poultry, University of Maryland, College Park. 
  • Academic Excellence Scholarship, Natural Sciences, University of Lincoln, UK.
  • Certificate of Excellence Award for Oral Presentation, Poultry Science Association, Illinois.
  • 3-Minute-Thesis Competition Winner, Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland, College Park.
  • Outstanding Graduate Student, Animal Sciences Department Award, University of Maryland, College Park.


Mathkari, C. and Dennis R. (2022) “Two are Better than One?: Effects of Environmental Enrichment Combinations on Well-being measures in colony caged Japanese Quail (Coturnix japonica)”. In PSA Annual meeting, San Antonio, Texas, USA (July 11–14 2022).

Mathkari, C. (2022) “The Mustard Fields”. In Of Dry Tongues and Brave Hearts, Red River Publications, ISBN: 9788195305681.

Mathkari, C. and Dennis R. (2021) “What are the Birds Playing with?: Effects of Environmental Enrichments on Well-being measures in colony caged Japanese Quail (Coturnix japonica)”. In Poultry Science, 101(E-Suppl. 1), 9.

Mills, D. S., Demontigny-Bédard, I., Gruen, M., Klinck, M. P., McPeake, K. J., Barcelos, A. M., ... & Mathkari, C. (2020). “Pain and problem behavior in cats and dogs”. In Animals, 10(2), 318.

Nighot, N. K., Mote, C. S., Jadhav, R. V., More, B. K., Bansal, N., & Mathkari, C. (2012). “Clinico-therapeutic aspects of babesiosis in a white tigress (Panthera tigris tigris)”. In Zoos Print J, 27, 19-20.