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

The Anthrozoology major explores the unique relationship between humans and animals. By increasing our knowledge about this bond and by assessing how animals enrich our lives, we can improve the quality of life for both humans and animals. Carroll College's unique experiential approach provides students with both scientific and academic rigor and the hands-on application of the knowledge gained.

Academic Approach to Human-Animal Interactions

Carroll College's Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthrozoology teaches students foundational information regarding theory, research, and services applicable to human-animal bonding through classroom learning and hands-on labs. Students work directly with animal partners during their education at Carroll.

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 look like in this department?
Most upper-division courses include an in-class component where you learn the theories behind the subject, and a lab component where you apply what you have learned with real horses and dogs.

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.

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Anthrozoology graduates have opportunities to immediately enter the field or continue on to graduate programs.

Students who continue their education explore clinical psychology, social work, counseling, physical or occupational therapy, or veterinary school. See the job opportunities on the right side of this page under What Can You Do With This Degree?

Check out this internship opportunity: ASPCA Government Relations Internship - Fall 2012 and Spring 2013

Raising Your Quality of Life

Anne PerkinsThe Anthrozoology major at Carroll College is the first degree program of its kind in the nation. Can an animal raise the quality of your life? In the Yellowstone Public Radio program Home Ground, Dr. Anne Perkins explains how she initiated this exciting program, what the students learn, and what they can do with the degree.

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Anthrozoology on KBLL

In October 2014, Dr. Anne Perkins and Dr. Erica Feuerbacher were interviewed by Jay Scott on the KBLL radio program Focus on Montana. Dr. Perkins and Dr. Feuerbacher stressed Carroll College's focus on training students to train dogs - not just training dogs. speaker icon Download and listen

Dog Spies Blog

Julie HechtCheck out this wonderful blog series by Julie Hecht on our own master trainer Tom Brownlee. The first part was bite work, the second part was narcotics detection and the most recent post was her service dog abilities! Julie also spoke on the Carroll campus in March 2011.

Contact Us!

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.

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10 reasons

to choose carroll college for Anthrozoology

  1. You get to spend lots of time with horses, dogs and even wildlife!
  2. You meet smart, interesting students who have similar interests.
  3. The classes are excellent preparation for professional school (pre-vet, physical therapy, counseling & social work, etc.)
  4. The faculty are fun-loving and approachable. Some wear cowboy boots.
  5. The field trips are super fun. You gain insight into many different careers and organizations.
  6. Research opportunities and internships provide valuable hands-on experience.
  7. You will become part of the first generation of this new discipline. It's not an exaggeration to say you will help make history in this field.
  8. If you do work-study at the equine center, you get paid to work with program horses. No, really!
  9. The classes are unique and fascinating.
  10. People in your community will ask you what is going on with their pets.

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  • Conduct research or working in a research facility
  • Provide animal assisted activities and therapies for children and adults
  • Canine or equine program director
  • Barn manager or canine trainer
  • Certified therapeutic riding instructor
  • Search and rescue
  • Police or military service
  • Work in zoos, aquariums, or wildlife rehabilitation

Anthrozoology in practice

A degree in Anthrozoology can help you practically serve your community to bring healing and security through the help of animals. Check out the following article, Special dogs track allergens to keep kids safe.

Anthrozoology Webinar