$300-$500 Scholarship 2024 (Deadline: November 28, 2024)


We’re looking for essays that incorporate animal research, veterinary content, as well as personal stories and thoughts on the following topics. If you’re looking to become a veterinarian, or perhaps want to return to college to start a new career, we want to help you fulfill your dreams with our $800 Scholarship Program for 2024.

Higher education may at times mean tighter budgets and tight deadlines. With that said,’s main goal is to help people take care of and train their pets. We hope to provide scholarships to students who can affect the future of all animals, and the livestock industry as a whole.

Our scholarship program aims to foster dialogue between communities, veterinarians, and participate in educational efforts aimed at promoting public understanding of animal research, as well as the ongoing efforts to promote the safety and wellbeing of all animals.

With that said, the Scholarship Program is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of the Scholarship, celebrating life’s passion for the wellbeing of all animals.

The 2020 Recipients are:

The 2021 Recipients are:

  • First place: Karen D Smith “Keeping You Dog or Cat Close To You”
  • Second place: Dan D Johnson “How to train your Labrador at home?”

The 2022 Recipients are:

  • First place: Emily R Davis “The Importance of Proper Nutrition for Pets”
  • Second place: Michael J Thompson “Creating a Safe Environment for Your Furry Friend”

The 2023 Recipients are:

  • First place: Samantha L White “Understanding Your Cat’s Behavior”
  • Second place: Ryan M Brown “The Benefits of Adopting a Rescue Dog”

Topics for Essay

Topic #1 Tips for Successful Housetraining for Cats and Dogs

It doesn’t matter whether you’re the proud pet parent of a kitten or puppy. As soon as you bring home your new best friend, you’ll need to teach him not to do his business on the floor. For most first time pet parents, housetraining can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. In this essay, you’ll need to discuss the following:

  • Pick a Location
  • Consistent Routine
  • Positive Reinforcement-Never Punish
  • 24/7 Access to Water
  • Regular Feed Times
  • Keeping You Dog or Cat Close To You
  • Understand the Signs

Topic #2 Are Heated Pet Beds Safe?

We adore our pets, and don’t want them to freeze during the cold winters. When using heated pet beds indoors, you’ll need to understand how to properly use them, when to use them, and what the potential for safety hazards are. In this essay, you’ll need to discuss the following:

  • Discuss health conditions with the use of a heated pet bed.
  • Electrical hazards
  • Do Pets Need a Heated Pet Bed?
  • What is a Safe Temperature for a Pet Bed?
  • 6 Safety Tips When Using a Heated Pet Bed
  • Can Kittens or Puppies Use a Heated Pet Bed?
  • What’s the Difference Between a Heated Pet Mat and a Heated Pet Bed?
  • Explain the Difference Between a Self-Warming Pet Bed and a Heated Pet Pad?

Topic #3 Dog Beds

According to Statista, “pet care is the second largest consumer packaged goods market in the United States in terms of e-commerce sales. The most popular online retailers for pet products are,, and” That said, dog beds play an important role in pet care, and in keeping your pet comfortable while he rests and sleeps. With orthopedic dog beds being very popular, discuss why these dog beds are hugely beneficial to dogs with hip dysplasia, joint issues, and other health issues? Discuss the following:

  • Human-grade foam
  • Chew-proof
  • Ergonomic memory foam/gel foam
  • Sizing
  • Post-surgery, hip dysplasia, osteoarthritis, pressure point relief, alignment support
  • Cool support
  • Non-slip material

Topic #4 Indoor Rabbit Hutch

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), rabbit ownership during 2017-2018 was on the rise in the US. “More people than ever own specialty or exotic pets, such as fish, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, turtles, snakes, lizards, poultry, livestock and amphibians.” Finding the good indoor rabbit cage is important for good rabbit care.

That said, please explain why door locks, sufficient space, removable divider walls, comfort, and good flooring is important for these domesticated rabbits. What should you look out for when it comes down to quality construction, safety, and keeping your pet rabbit safe from other pets?

Topic #5 Guinea Pig Cage

With these gentle creatures making great first pets, guinea pigs are also lively and intelligent animals, and need to have a secure environment away from predators. They also need to live in regulated temperatures, and not be exposed to extreme heat or cold temperatures.

With guinea pigs enjoying human companionship, it only makes sense to keep them indoors in a high-quality, spacey guinea pig cage. That said, let’s discuss why starter cages should be avoided? What are the benefits of an XL-Deluxe guinea pig cage Discuss the key features of a best-selling guinea pig cage, and why these features are important for the well-being of your guinea pig?

Topic #6 Cat Flea Collars

To protect our pets from pesky fleas and ticks, it’s necessary to use flea and tick preventatives. Please discuss why natural flea and tick preventatives are a healthier option for your cats.

Compare and contrast toxic chemicals from regular flea and tick collars to natural chemical-free preventatives. Explain why non-toxic flea and tick treatments combined with natural mineral and trace elements strengthen the immune system, and help to fight off fleas and ticks in cats?

Topic #7 Dog Collars

According to The American Pet Product Association (APPA), $72.13 billion is expected to have been spent on pets this year. That said, discuss why dog collars are an important part of pet care, and how one should choose a dog collar for their dog?

What are the key features that a pet parent should opt for in a dog collar? Why should microchipping your pet, go hand-in-hand with purchasing a dog collar and pet safety?

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Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be a high school graduate by the time of the award (November 30, 2021).
  2. Must be enrolled in high school, homeschooled, or a college student who plans to attend or currently attends an accredited post-secondary institution located within the United States.
  3. All applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA when applying and when the scholarship is awarded.

How to Apply

To apply to the Scholarship Program, fill out the application form below. You must also include your official transcript or proof of enrollment to a accredited college.

Please take the time to fill out the information, since any fields that are missing or not filled out will invalidate the application. Along with the application, you should also include an essay of 1,500 – 2,500 words, which uses the correct grammar, punctuation and writing mechanics. The essay should cover one of the questions that are answered in detail. Make sure that all content is 100% unique, as we will check each entry for plagiarism. Write in plain text, size 14, Times New Roman or any other of the standard.

Remember to make your answers informative, factual and interesting. You can use authoritative scientific sources of information and refer to them.

All written submissions become property of PetOnBed and may be posted on our website, blog, social media accounts, or elsewhere as we see fit.

If you have any questions about the program, you can reach us at Please give us 2-5 days to reply.

Application Deadline & Guidelines

  • Starting Date: November 30, 2023
  • Deadline: November 28, 2024
  • Winner Announcement: December 5, 2024


  • I Place: One-time award of $500
  • II Place: One-time award of $300

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