Connecting graduates

of Harvard University

Our Motiviation

Animals occupy a broad niche in our society, from household companions considered members of the family to sources of food and clothing, from a means of biomedical discovery and drug testing to wild animals celebrated and protected on their own merits. Encounters with domesticated and captive animals are encouraged from an early age and often inspire life decisions to work with, on, and for animals for one’s entire career. Even for those not professionally engaged in an animal-related activity, the ubiquity of animals in our culture and the array of feelings they engender stimulates much discourse while driving many segments of the economy. A growing realization of how connected we are to animals, ranging from personal emotional attachment to pandemic threats of emerging diseases, will keep the subject of animals front and center for years to come. Fostering the health and well-being of animals will become ever more important as our concept of responsible animal stewardship continues to evolve. It is in response to these societal trends that we formed a Shared Interest Group (SIG) of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) for Animal Health.


Executive Board


Steven Niemi

AB '75 (Biology)


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Steve is a lab animal veterinarian and Director, Office of Animal Resources, Harvard University Faculty of Arts Sciences. With over 35 years’ experience in biomedical research and commercial biotechnology, he has held senior management positions in contract drug and device development, biotech start-ups in human gene therapy and food animal genomics, and laboratory animal care and assurance, as well as served on numerous boards and national task forces addressing medical product development and lab animal welfare.


OPEN Position

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Vice President

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Michelle White

AB '05


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Michelle White is a companion animal veterinarian and PhD candidate at Cornell University studying the genetic basis of variation in clinical blood testing phenotypes in canine and feline patients. She also uses bioinformatics to link canine lymphoma subtypes to analogous human lymphoma subtypes for personalized medicine and drug development applications. In addition to her research, Michelle lectures about applied clinical genetics and ethics in Cornell's veterinary curriculum and participates in HQHVSN operations. Michelle's other Harvard Alumni work includes serving as Treasurer for the Radcliffe Choral Society Foundation.


Mohamed Punjani

 MBA '17

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Mo is Co-Founder and CEO of Bond Veterinary, a technology-enabled pet health company based in New York City. Bond is building veterinary practices with a particular focus on care team culture and proprietary technology. Mo has worked for leading investment organizations including ADIA, Onex, Thomas H. Lee, and Rothschild. He received an Honors in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.


To connect graduates of Harvard University both in person and virtually, nationally and internationally, who share an interest in animal health


To develop animal health-centered activities related to Harvard and in support of Harvard such as educational symposia


To encourage undergraduate, graduate, and professional students with career aspirations in animal health and provide them interim opportunities such as summer internships or research projects


To build networks to help Harvard graduates develop personal and professional relationships at any stage in their careers or interests in this field 


To promote the advancement of animal health-related disciplines (including the social sciences and humanities) by and for Harvard graduates


To create and sustain an inviting, vibrant, stimulating, and productive organization, anchored by fair and transparent governance and sound finances



Governing Documents

Concept Proposal

Our vision and goals

Articles of Incorporation

Just the basics


All the details