Human Animal Bond Association Student Scholarship


The student scholarship program of the Human Animal Bond Association has changed. It is now available to all veterinary students at accredited veterinary schools in the US and Canada.

The deadline for application is past for this year and the winner will be announced at the WVC meeting in March 2018. Next year’s applications will be available in the fall of 2018.

HABA Student Scholarship 2018 Winner Announced


Jeremy Kiene, Colorado State University

Jeremy Kiene is a first-year veterinary student at Colorado State University. Before deciding to pursue a veterinary career, he earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Notre Dame and taught Renaissance literature at the University of California, Irvine, where he also developed an undergraduate research seminar on human-animal interaction.  Observing the bonds of affection and trust between animals and their human caretakers in clinical and shelter settings, as well as experience with several shelter dogs and cats who’ve been kind enough to share their home with him, led him first toward academic study of the human-animal bond, and then to a desire to foster nurturing human-animal interactions as a veterinarian.  Jeremy’s interests include oncology & internal medicine, shelter medicine, animal welfare advocacy, and end-of-life care.  He lives in Fort Collins with his dog Homer and his cat Lucretia.

“My desire to become a veterinarian was sparked by my interested in the human-animal bond, a concept I first encountered in my work on representation of animals in literature. I understand it as an evolving set of physical, psychological, and emotional interactions between humans and animals that enhance the well-being of both. Sound, holistic veterinary practice is about more than repairing bio-mechanical systems; it is also about fostering the bond between animals and their human caretakers. Veterinarians are uniquely positioned to educate the public about the fundamental connections between human and animal health. As a veterinary student with previous doctoral training in the humanities, I believe that study of the human-animal bond can enrich medicine by integrating insights from psychology, the humanities, and the arts. CSU supports participation in Interdisciplinary research on the human-animal bond through its Human-Animal Interaction Studies initiative, an opportunity I hope to pursue with HABA support.”