Anthrozoology News

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. Read and watch

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 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.

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 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 sooth 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.