Anthrozoology News

Dr. Suthers is Keynote Speaker at Healing with Horses

Staying quite busy over her sabbatical, professor and chair of the Anthrozoology department, Dr. Marie Suthers is the closing all-conference speaker for the Healing with Horse Online Symposium, an international symposium for “equine facilitators and others wishing to team with horses to aid in experiential learning and coaching in horsemanship, mounted or unmounted work, therapy, healing, and spiritual enrichment.” The symposium runs Thursday - Sunday, April 22 - 25 (April 23 - 26 in Aus/NZ).
On Sunday, April 25 (and Monday for the AUS/NZ audience), Dr. Suthers will facilitate an interactive all-conference forum to discuss what college and other training programs that seek to support the growth of Equine Assisted Services (EAS) into a career industry need to know to provide the best training and education for students.
View Dr. Suthers' intro presentation here:
There is still time to register for the online symposium at

Published Anthrozoology Works

Congratulations to new Anthrozoology faculty member, Dr. Margo DeMello on having two new books published this year. One is the second edition of one of her textbooks, Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies, and the other is a new encyclopedia called On the Job: An Encyclopedia of Unique Occupations around the World.
Dr. DeMello is an internationally known leader in Anthrozoology, having helped to build the field through her work as the first program director of Human-Animal Studies at the Animals & Society Institute, and through the publication of the very first textbook in the field, the first edition of Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies. Prior to Carroll, she taught in the Anthrozoology Masters program at Canisius College for seven years.

Animal Care Job in Illinois!

The Animal Express in Poplar, IL is looking to hire an Animal Educator and Petting Zoo Attendant. You can find out more here!

Two new Animal Care Jobs!

The Animal Defense League of Texas is seeking a new Pet Adoption Counselor. Find more here!  And the St. Louis Aquarium is looking to hire a new Animal Care Manager. Find out more here!

Terrific Job Opportunity here in Montana!

Job seekers! Working Dogs for Conservation is hiring!

They are seeking two Canine Field Specialists, who are the people who travel extensively handling conservation detection dogs on field projects as well as being an integral part of the organization's dog care and training team when not in the field. They are also seeking a Canine Team Training Coordinator to orchestrate dog/handler team training in detection, tracking, obedience, and behavior modification.

All positions are based out of Missoula, Montana. Please find out more by clicking this link! .

Environmental Educator Job!

The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum in Cornwall, NY is hiring an animal caretaker/environmental educator! Find out more here!

Work for Disney!

Disney's Animal Kingdom is looking for applicants for an Animal Keeper position on the Ituri Forest team. You will work with a large team of 24+ keepers to perform the daily care of the collection(s) and other animals following established guidelines. You will also have a practical understanding of antelope and/or pachyderm general husbandry, enrichment, and operant conditioning as it relates to the daily management and research of the species in their care.  Find out more here.

Want to work at an animal sanctuary?

Barn Sanctuary is seeking a new shelter director to manage our sanctuary operations. The Shelter Director will play an integral leadership role on the Barn Sanctuary team. The Shelter Director must be an experienced manager and animal care provider. Duties include managing the operations of our shelter team (supervising 3 full-time caregivers and our facilities staff). The Shelter Director will oversee our animal care and rescue programs and ensure quality, life-long care for the 120 animal rescues at Barn Sanctuary. Find out more here.

Wildlife Sanctuary Hiring!

The Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary, in Reno, NV, is looking to hire a supervisor. Find out more here!

Another Great  Job Opportunity!

The Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth, MN, is looking to hire an animal care technician. You can read all about it here!

Exciting Job Opportunity!

Johnson and Wales University (in MA) is seeking an Equine Center Operations Manager. The new manager will manage the horse herd including coordination of processes regarding horse donation, trials and retirement; collaborate with vets regarding any restrictions horses may have to lab, team or class work; and more. For info and to apply, visit this link.

Fundraise for Lewis & Clark!

It's time to help our friends at Lewis & Clark Humane Society! Please consider joining Team Cat or Team Dog to help raise funds for our local humane society! Find out more here!

Job Opportunity!

Love horses? Go to Massachusetts to manage the operations of an equine center! Find out more here.

Job Opportunity!

The 4-H Youth Development Agent is a professional educator who provides leadership to the local 4-H program and manages its day-to-day operation. 4-H is a community of young people learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. The mission of 4-H is to develop youth, and adults working with those youth, to realize their full potential and become effective, contributing citizens. This is achieved through the development and delivery of research-based, non-formal, hands-on educational experiences. Find out more here!

The Fall 2020 Semester Comes to an End

This week our students take their finals and head home for the holidays, ending one of Carroll College's strangest semesters. But we made it and our deeply proud of our students through powering through this very unusual time. 

ANZ Student Alex Karbowicz Creates Photo Story about ANZ Program Dog Bowser

Carroll College's photography students have produced some beautiful images capturing life on the Carroll Campus during a pandemic. One student, Alex Karbowicz, created a lovely photo story about one of our program dogs, Bowser, and his first few months on campus. Check it out here!

Carroll College's Anthrozoology Program Welcomes New Faculty Member 

The Anthrozoology Department at Carroll College is excited to announce the appointment of our newest Assistant Professor, Dr. Margo DeMello. Read about her at this link!

A New Course in Anthrozoology Lets Students Learn About Human and Animal Interactions

North Dakota State University students have the opportunity to earn general education credits and deepen their understanding of animals each spring by taking an Introduction to Anthrozoology course. Find out more

Carroll Breaking Ground With New Perkins Call Canine Center

Carroll College is pleased to announce the groundbreaking for the Perkins Call Canine Center, which will house the rapidly-expanding anthrozoology (ANZ) program and provide state-of-the-art facilities for canine research and training. Find out more

First working service dog graduates from Carroll’s Anthrozoology program

The first working service dog to graduate Carroll College’s Anthrozoology program has met his veteran. Not only is it the first time the program has graduated a working service dog, it’s also the first time the Veterans Treatment Court in Great Falls has matched a veteran with a dog.  Please read more.

21 dogs graduate from Carroll's anthrozoology program

AnthrozoologyCarroll College graduated 21 of its furriest students Tuesday evening when the dogs of the anthrozoology program were presented to the public. 

Deyanira Villalta, director of the college's canine center, said 16 of the dogs are from the advanced canine training class and soon will be going to their adoptive forever homes. Four of the dogs are part of the specialized canine training and were spoken for by the beginning of their training. Read more

Carroll College Anthrozoology students training a service dog to help veteran

Two Carroll College seniors in the Anthrozoology program are doing something that hasn’t been done there before: they’re fully training a service dog that will go to a veteran with PTSD. “Yes, good boy!!” 10-month-old Major gets plenty of love and attention from trainer Ali Hance as he completes a task.  He’s showing just one of the many skills he’s learning in order to become a service dog. In this case, he’s learning that a face in the hands, or a bouncing knee, indicate he needs to intervene. “With Major, we’re training these tasks for this veteran. It’s going to change his life,” says Hance. It’s the first time Carroll’s Anthrozoology program will train a dog that will be in service. Read more

Carroll's Anthrozoology Program Receives $1,250,000 Gift

Whitney Call, a 2008 Carroll College graduate, and her family have committed $1,250,000 through the FJM Impact Fund to the college’s popular Anthrozoology program. The Calls’ gift will support construction of a new building, the Perkins Call Canine Center, and partial compensation for a Center director for five years. The Center will house Anthrozoology faculty in canine, equine, and wild animal disciplines and provide space for classroom instruction, research, veterinary examinations, canine training, and human-animal bond activities open to the public. Read more

Carroll Anthrozoology program hosts canine graduation

The graduations have already started for a special group at Carroll College. On (April 25, 2018), students in the Anthrozoology program walked their four-legged friends on stage for a graduation ceremony after completing training to become service animals, narcotics dogs and search and rescue animals. Now that the dogs have graduated, they’re ready to move on and will be adopted. Some will become regular pets and others will go on to do what they were trained for.

For military veterans suffering from PTSD, are service dogs good therapy?

Research is underway to determine how effective service dogs are in easing symptoms for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Although the VA does not cover veterinary care for PTSD service dogs, pointing to a lack of empirical evidence on their benefits, it is conducting a multiyear study to generate more data. Read The Washington Post Article

Anthrozoology in the press

Dog Spies Blog

Check out this wonderful blog series by Julie Hecht on our own master trainer Tom Brownlee. The first part is 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.

Raising Your Quality of Life

anne-perkins.jpgThe 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.

Dr. Anne Perkins (WMA)
Dr. Anne Perkins (MP3)

Animals & the Elderly

Suthers14.jpgDr. Marie Suthers, professor of anthrozoology, was a recent presenter at the Governor’s Conference on Aging and the Montana Gerontology Society Conference, Insights into Alzheimer’s Disease: Lifespan Respite Care and Other Aging Resources and Supports.

Dr. Suthers session titled “Animals and the Elderly: The Human-Animal Relationships to Promote Successful Aging” looked at human health benefits of interaction with animals including physiological benefits such as the reduction in cardiovascular disease risk factors and stress reduction, psychological benefits, social benefits and facilitation of healthy activities. Animal-assisted interventions were discussed including the positive effects of therapy animals for Alzheimer’s patients and benefits for caregivers. In addition, she introduced the concept of fish aquariums to soothe Alzheimer’s patients, increase food intake, and improve staff morale.

TEDx Talks with Dr. Megan Parker

This TED Talk was given by one of our colleagues and great friends of the program, Working Dogs for Conservation co-founder Dr. Megan Parker. In this video, she talks at length about one of our graduate program dogs, Ruger, who is now working with South Luangwa Conservation Society and the Zambia Wildlife Authority sniffing out ivory, guns, and ammunition. Carroll College graduates McKenzie Homan and Molly Rowland currently work for WD4C.