New staff brings marketing and animal training expertise to Human-Animal Bond in Colorado

Kate Gloeckner
New HABIC Office Coordinator and Training Consultant Kate Gloeckner has experience training seals, polar bears, wolves, tigers, porcupines, and river otters, we well as domestic companion animals.

With a background in animal-organization management and animal assistance training, Kate Gloeckner will join Human-Animal Bond in Colorado as Office Coordinator and Training Consultant.

Gloeckner holds a Professional Science Master’s in Zoo, Aquarium, and Animal Shelter Management from Colorado State University. She is also a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner.


Gloeckner received her bachelor’s degree in ecology, evolutionary biology and psychology from the University of Colorado in Boulder. As an undergraduate, she completed an internship at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. Gloeckner focused on behavior modification & training.

After graduation, she expanded her knowledge of animal behavior and training, and spent a year working in zoos and aquariums. Gloeckner has worked with seals, polar bears, wolves, tigers, porcupines, and river otters.

This experience increased her understanding of training and animal behavior utilizing positive reinforcement techniques. She returned to working with companion animals while completing her Karen Pryor Academy Training Partner certification.

While completing her graduate studies at CSU, Gloeckner served as a behavior and evaluations coordinator for Larimer Humane Society. She also operated a private cat and dog training business, and served as a graduate research assistant for HABIC.

“I am thrilled that Kate will be joining us to help forge the vision and future direction for the center,” said HABIC Director Helen Holmquist-Johnson. “She brings unique expertise in marketing for animal organizations, as well as extensive experience in animal training, and she is truly passionate about human-animal bond.”

About Human-Animal Bond in Colorado

Founded in 1993, Human-Animal Bond in Colorado (HABIC) is a center in the School of Social Work, part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences. HABIC’S mission is to improve the quality of life for people of all ages through the therapeutic use of companion animals, with particular focus in the areas of community outreach, teaching, and research.