Alison Kennedy-Benson grew up in Newport, Rhode Island and went on to graduate from Florida State University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and from Canisius College with a M.S. in Anthrozoology. She spent 10 years translocating black and white rhinos for conservation programs in southern and east Africa. After returning to the United States, Alison worked in sheltering and clinical veterinary practice and as an adjunct instructor in Santa Fe College’s Zoo Animal Technology Program. She served as the Logistics Chief for the Florida State Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System, a state mass fatality response team, supporting Medical Examiners in the state of Florida during mass fatality incidents, and as a Program Coordinator for the Veterinary and Wildlife Forensic Sciences graduate programs at the University of Florida. She is currently employed as a Forensic Veterinary Assistant for a national animal welfare organization, assisting with evidence and information collection in large scale cruelty and abuse cases. Alison lives in Gainesville, Florida with her dogs Anzo and Amos and her cat Mel.