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Anthrozoology at Carroll

The Field
At its core, the field of anthrozoology is about helping people live better lives. It involves animal-assisted therapy techniques and programs designed to help people of all ages overcome a vast array of physical and mental hardships. You might see it in the dog that’s been trained to serve as a reading companion for children, the horse helping someone overcome a physical disability, or a golden eagle easing the daily life of a veteran struggling with PTSD.

No matter what form it takes, anthrozoology is about embracing the bond between humans and animals, and touching lives.

The Program
Anthrozoology at Carroll CollegeAs a student in the anthrozoology program, you’ll explore the human-animal bond and develop the knowledge and skills to improve lives through animal-assisted therapy, veterinary medicine, and other service occupations. The program blends a core liberal arts education, specialized psychology courses, and classroom theory with extensive hands-on training in which you’ll work with horses, dogs, and even wildlife.

  • Canine Classes—You’ll learn canine training techniques working with regional shelter dogs, which also benefit from our program since we’re rehabilitating them from their lives at dog rescues. Your education and training will be specific to animal-assisted activities and therapies, search and rescue, or scent detection.
  • Equine Classes—You’ll explore the many ways the horse-human relationship can contribute to psychological, physical, and spiritual well-being. In addition to learning about the implications of the horse-human relationship throughout history and developing essential skills to work in the field of equine assisted activities and therapies, you’ll also gain a strong foundation in safe and ethical horsemanship practices.

Student Learning Outcomes

By completing this major students will:

  1. Increase their understanding of the role animals play in human society.
  2. Recognize the interconnectedness of human and animal well-being.
  3. Acquire knowledge and skills from the biological, social and psychological sciences to describe and explain the interactions between humans and animals.
  4. Study and apply various therapeutic and educational approaches to improve the well-being of both humans and animals.

Carroll College’s unique combination of classroom instruction and hands-on experience with horses, dogs, and some wild animals prepares students for graduate or professional study or immediate entry into an animal-related profession. The curriculum benefits any student interested in animal-assisted activities and therapies, animal-related non-profit organizations, counseling, veterinary medicine, physical and occupational therapy with animal-assisted modalities, wildlife biology, animal care and rehabilitation, animal advocacy, social work, and many other fields.

Why Anthrozoology at Carroll?
First and foremost, ours is the only undergraduate anthrozoology program in the nation. So as a student here, you’ll prepare for your future role as a leader in this emerging discipline and someone with the ability to actually shape the field. You’ll benefit from internship and research opportunities with our partner organizations like Zoo Montana; Working Dogs for Conservation; Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks; and Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch. Through our work-study program you may get paid doing what you love—working with horses. And our faculty are the industry leaders who will offer you valuable connections around the world.

Find out more why Anthrozoology is "the best college major you've never heard of."

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