Carroll College, Helena Montana
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Anthrozoology (formerly Human-Animal Bond Program)

Animals' roles in our society are changing. Dogs have gone from working cattle on the ranch to working as reading companions for school children. Horses are now four-legged physical therapists. Golden eagles provide inspiration and solace to veterans in programs designed to ease their struggles with PTSD.

Anthrozoology students aspire to improve the lives of humans and animals through animal-assisted therapy, veterinary medicine, and other service occupations. The Anthrozoology major explores the human-animal bond and gives students the tools to follow their dream of working with animals to improve the lives of humans and animals.  

Academic Approach to Human-Animal Interactions

Most upper-division courses include an in-class component where students learn the theories behind the subject, and a lab component where students apply what they learn with horses, dogs, and even wildlife.

DogCanine Classes
The Anthrozoology major educates students about the canine-human bond, but it also gives back to the dogs with whom they partner. Carroll College works with regional shelters to rehabilitate rescue dogs for a successful human-canine partnership. We train students to train dogs. Our students learn and practice canine training techniques specific to animal-assisted activities and therapies, search and rescue, or scent detection. Some students learn techniques in more than one area, with different canine partners.

Important note: We train students to train dogs. At this time, we do not train service-ready dogs. Both the students and the dogs need more training and certification to be service professionals.

HorseEquine Classes
Equine classes explore the horse-human relationship and the scientific evidence of its contribution to psychological, physical, and spiritual well-being. Anthrozoology students learn the historic to modern implications of the horse-human relationship and are broadly exposed to the field of equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT). Anthrozoology students gain a strong foundation in safe and ethical horsemanship practices and are taught activities and methods used in EAAT.

What do classes and internships look like in this department?
The Anthrozoology major combines specialized psychology courses, a core liberal arts education, and hands-on experience gained from working directly with animals. In addition, students can receive academic credit for obtaining certification from related organizations.

We enjoy close relationships with organizations that partner with animals, like Zoo Montana, Working Dogs for Conservation, Montana, Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch. Our students have access to unique learning opportunies and internships through these regional organizations.


Anthrozoology graduates have opportunities to immediately enter the field or continue on to graduate programs. Most students go on to graduate school.  Students who continue their education explore clinical psychology, social work, animal-welfare law, counseling, physical or occupational therapy, or veterinary school. See the job opprtunities below.


  • Conduct research or working in a research facility
  • Provide animal-assisted activities for children and adults
  • Canine or equine program director
  • Barn manager or canine trainer
  • Certified therapeutic riding instructor
  • Do search and rescue work for ski areas, municipalities, or government agencies
  • Police or military canine trainer 
  • Work in zoos, aquariums, or wildlife rehabilitation

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10 reasons

to choose carroll college for Anthrozoology

  1. ANZ at Carroll is the only degree of its kind in the country at the undergraduate level. 
  2. You will become part of the first generation of leaders and entreprenuers in this burgeoning discipline. 
  3. You get to spend time with horses, dogs and even wildlife.
  4. The classes are excellent preparation for graduate school. The faculty are leaders in their professions and have connections to universities and scholars around the globe. 
  5. The field trips. You gain insight into many different careers and organizations while seeing some of the last best place-Montana.
  6. Research opportunities and internships provide valuable hands-on experience working directly with non-human animals.
  7. Puppy play dates. Yep.  
  8. Work-study students get paid to work with horses. No, really!
  9. The faculty are fun-loving and approachable. Some wear cowboy boots.
  10. People in your community will ask you what is going on with their pets.

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Have questions or interested in the program? Send inquiries about the Anthrozoology Program to the director of the program, Dr. Anne Perkins, or call (406) 447-4329.