The 2012 American Humane Association Humane Scholars

Announcing the 2012 American Humane Association Humane Scholars

WHILE ANIMALS HAVE LONG BEEN USED IN RESEARCH, too little research is conducted on behalf of animals. Of the research that is conducted, few studies focus on the health, welfare, and well-being of animals, and the results are not reaching those who care for them. Animals today face multiple threats, including cancer, genetic disorders, pet food recalls, and environmental toxins, and the research needed to address these issues is sorely lacking. Indeed, this research may also hold translational benefits for human populations as well. Additionally, the National Research Council has warned that too few veterinary scientists are trained in scientific research on animal welfare.

That is why in 2011 American Humane Association launched its Humane Scholar program (formerly Veterinary Student Scientist program). Students who participate in this program are more likely to develop careers in animal welfare science, and will be among the next generation of leaders to transform how animals are cared for in the United States and beyond.

2012 American Humane Association Humane Scholar Chelsea Anderson's study, funded by a grant from AHA, was designed to assess anthrax in the buffer villages surrounding Ujung Kulon National Park.

The 2012 Humane Scholar program featured 13 students representing 11 veterinary schools. This year’s globetrotting group studied a number of diverse species including dogs, cats, cows, horses, pigs, goats, chimpanzees, and the critically-endangered Javan rhinoceros, and they did their research in such far-flung corners of the Earth as Indonesia, Zambia, and Grenada.

Over the next 13 days we are going to unveil the students’ research to you, so you can read about their exciting discoveries and conclusions. We’ll include a brief summary paragraph of their research and will link to the full report. Prospective students for the summer 2013 edition of the program should check soon for the full application.

Please consider sponsoring a student in the 2013 class. A grant of $6,000 funds one Humane Scholar, fully underwriting a stipend to the student and the cost of implementation and management of the program. With American Humane Association’s Humane Scholar program, veterinary students are supported in their academic undertakings and given every opportunity to advance in the fields of veterinary medicine and animal welfare, without incurring additional debt to participate in those opportunities. For more information on supporting American Humane Association’s Humane Scholar program, please contact René Gornall at 202.677.4224 or

~ The 2012 Scholars ~

Chelsea Anderson – Cornell University

Alyssa Blaustein – University of Pennsylvania

Michelle L. Crupi, Western University

Jenna Dale – Mississippi State University

Whitney Joy Engler – University of California Davis

Carlie Gordon – Washington State University

Charlotte Elaine Jordan – Western University

Jennifer Ladd – Oklahoma State University

Lauren Larsen – Iowa State University

Maggie Placer – Purdue University

Abbey Sadowski – Colorado State University

Stephanie Wells, St. George’s University

Alexandra Zierenberg-Ripoll – University of California-Davis



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