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

Animals' roles in our society are changing. People want to partner with horses, dogs, and wildlife for their education and career. They 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 opportunities on the right side of this page under What Can You Do With This Degree?


  • 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

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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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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.