Director of Anthrozoology Major and Human-Animal Bond Program
The Human-Animal Bond Program was conceived and is directed by Carroll faculty member Dr. Anne Perkins, Ph. D., Professor of Psychology. Dr. Perkins has been employed as a professor at Carroll since 1990. Originally, the Human-Animal Bond Program became a minor in the Psychology Department. Today it has grown into the Anthrozoology major. Dr. Perkins received her Ph.D. in animal behavior in 1992 from the University of California- Davis. Concurrent with her faculty career at Carroll, Dr. Perkins held an appointment as a cooperative research scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for eight years (1992-1999). Her work in this capacity has resulted in several papers, a book chapter, and a patented drug protocol. Dr. Perkins' love of horses prompted the five years she spent researching feral horses in the Pryor Mountains and drives her current passion for endurance riding. She is an active member of the International Society of Anthrozoology (ISAZ), the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA), the Delta Society, the Equine Faciltiated Mental Health Association (EFMHA), the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), and the Equine Guided Education Association (EGEA). Dr. Perkins spends her free time at home training her border collies and riding her Arabian horses.
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Dr. Leslie Angel is a full-time, Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department and is the Canine Faculty for the Anthrozoology major. She completed her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior, at the University of Montana. Dr. Angel’s research interests involve comparative cognition and metacognition. She teaches Learning as well as Canine Science for the Anthrozoology major and is preparing to begin student-assisted research in canine cognition. Dr. Angel is also assisting Tom Brownlee with the Introductory and Advanced Canine Training courses this year. Dr. Angel considers it “a dream come true to work with students and their dogs.”
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Tom Brownlee is a certified master trainer with the American Society of Canine Trainers, the most technically advanced law enforcement canine training and certifying organization in the United States. Tom's specialty within this realm is narcotics detection. In addition to his qualifications to train K-9 Tom also has been certified as Master Trainer in the assistance dog arena as well. Tom has had experience training mobility assistance dogs, seizure alert and response dogs, and has even trained one dog to specifically track a child with autism. Tom also has been certified as a pet trainer, and has conducted seminars on a number of advanced topics in training including canine neuroscience, olfaction, technical tracking, and the basic tenets of positive reinforcement training.
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Dr. Sonya Lamb did her undergraduate work at Stanford U. and got her teaching credential at U.S.C. on a Ford Foundation Grant for Specialist teachers in English and History. She spent 3 years teaching H.S. English Literature and then began to pursue her interest in psychology. She was a founding member of Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (now University of Palo Alto), which focused on clinical training in psychology with a multi-disciplinary approach to psychological thought. She completed both a Masters and Ph.D. degree. During her studies she worked on a Stanford Research Grant in Drug Education and Group Dynamics in the public schools. She became involved in an innovative program, SARB, in the Palo Alto School District, and has remained a consultant to the district. In her private practice she has utilized a Jungian approach to psychotherapy, working with children, teens, adults and families. Always a lover of animals, her “awakening” happened at a “Bonding Bridleless” clinic where she learned to ride without a bridle by first building a relationship of trust with the horse. She suddenly saw that the bond created with the horse utilized much the same process as that utilized in a therapeutic situation. She became a founding member of the Carroll College Advisory Board for the Human-Animal Bond Program, has attended trainings for NARHA, EFMHA, and EAGALA, and is currently teaching Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy in the Anthrozoology Program at Carroll.
As she says, "For thousands of years the horse has fed us, carried us, farmed with us, gone to war for us, raced for us, been sacrificed for us in countless ways; and now when we are about to lose ourselves in a world of technology, the horse calls us back to our instinctual home. Psychologically it is the animal within that heals us. Our deepest instinctual voice teaches us to listen to our emotions and to trust our inner truth. A horse mirrors that emotional reality and offers a loving relationship to those who would take the time. For over 25 years I have watched dream animals guide patients into their own natural and spontaneous reality. A dream symbol in living flesh is powerful medicine."
Dr. Marie Suthers, Professor of Anthrozoology at Carroll College has more than 25 years of experience in veterinary practice, academic and community education, and the study of human-animal interaction. She is a well-known national and international speaker on the relationship between people and animals including the impact of human-animal interaction on specific human populations and the well-being of animals employed in therapeutic interventions for humans.
Prior to joining the Anthrozoology Program at Carroll College in 2012, Dr. Suthers served as Vice President of Human-Animal Interactions for the American Humane Association. In that capacity she oversaw the research, development and creation of programs and materials, including publications, classroom lesson plans and workshops on Humane Education, Animal-Assisted Therapy and The Link. She also worked with the veterinary community to support mutual efforts to promote public health, animal welfare and well-being. Previously, Dr. Suthers was the Director of Community Education for Heifer International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to relieving global hunger and poverty. Her responsibilities included directing the development, implementation and evaluation of community education initiatives, education partnerships and teacher training initiatives. Prior to that, she developed and directed the Center for Animal-Human Relationships at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, where her focus involved human well-being as it relates to interaction with companion animals. Prior to that, she was a professor and, subsequently, program director of veterinary technology at Columbus State Community College in Ohio, where she managed the veterinary technology program comprising seven faculty members and 200 students, and incorporated advancements in the field of veterinary medicine into the curriculum.
Dr. Suthers is former-President of the American Association of Human Animal Bond Veterinarians and served on the board of directors of the International Society for Anthrozoology, the Association for Veterinary Family Practice and the Animal Related Careers Consortium. She served as a Veterinary Medical Officer with the Veterinary Medical Assistance Team–2 of the National Disaster Medical System at the World Trade Center disaster. She received the Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award in 2005 and the Distinguished Virginia Veterinarian Award in 2006. She received her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from The Ohio State University in 1982.
Dr. Suthers has a son, Benjamin, and the rest of the family includes 2 horses, Buttercup and Scarlet; a Standard Poodle, Sunny; a barn cat turned house cat, Grandpa; and 2 parakeets.
After receiving his veterinary degree from the University of California-Davis, Dr. Richard Timmins entered private practice and, for several years, owned two veterinary family practices in Springfield and Eugene, Oregon. This was followed by a stint managing the veterinary services division of a large pet food company, during which time he traveled extensively, lecturing about nutrition, the human-animal bond, and he practiced management at veterinary schools and conferences in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. In 2003, he took the position as Director of the Center for Animals in Society at his alma mater, UC-Davis. There he taught veterinary students about the human-animal bond and communication and other professional skills, and he coordinated research projects involving pets and autistic children, the effects of reading to dogs on the reading skills of children, the nature of the bond pet owners have with their pets, and other topics associated with human-animal relationships. He speaks at national and state veterinary conferences and has published articles in the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, the journal Animal Welfare, DVM Newsmagazine, The Latham Letter, and other periodicals. He joined the Human-Animal Bond Program at Carroll in Fall 2010. Dr. Timmins became one of the first professors at Carroll to organize and teach a distance learning class because he recently joined is wife Marcia Merryman, DVM, MPVM, in the Repubilc of Georgia. She's studying zoonotic diseases there. When home in the states, you'll find him in his kayak or sailboat on the Puget Sound, or exploring trails in the Olympics, the North Cascades or the Rocky Mountains.
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