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Why Anthrozoology?

The best college major you've never heard of

First and foremost, Carroll has 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.

Do you consider your pet part of your family? Have you ever been struck wondering about the unique bond between humans and domesticated animals? The relationship between humans and animals goes back tens of thousands of years. But until about 40 years ago, most behavioral research focused on animal behavior. Then, a group of scientists, including Carroll College's Dr. Anne Perkins, decided to study how animals and humans interact with each other and thus was born anthrozoology.

What can you do with an anthrozoology degree?

  • You can work at an animal shelter or sanctuary
  • You can work at a veterinarian’s office
  • You can become an animal behaviorist
  • You can work in humane or environmental education
  • You can get a job at an animal protection or environmental organization
  • You can work for a government agency with a connection to animals, such as the USDA, the US Fisheries and Wildlife Service, or other agencies
  • You can become a naturalist
  • You can be an animal trainer
  • You can work at a zoo or aquarium, either with animals, or in another capacity such as outreach, administration, or fundraising
  • You can be an animal nutritionist
  • You can do animal-assisted therapy
  • You can work in counseling, focusing on subjects like pet loss or the human/animal violence connection
  • You can be a lab animal technician
  • You can be an animal welfare inspector for the government
  • You can work with support animals or the people who need them
  • You can be a wildlife rehabilitator
  • You can provide therapy for animals
  • You can do humane law enforcement
  • You can be an animal photographer

"The Carroll College Anthrozoology Program uniquely prepares students for admission to a College of Veterinary Medicine due to emphasis on maximizing the relationship between humans and non-human animal interaction, and an emphasis on hands-on experience with both dogs and horses.

"The human-animal bond is the glue of veterinary medicine. As veterinary medicine serves society, the veterinarian's role is to promote the health and well-being of both people and animals. Clients come to their veterinarian for information on the human health benefits of caring for a pet. All our classes emphasize this relationship. There is a human at the end of every leash and lead rope, and our students are exceptionally prepared to work with both."

- Dr. Marie Suthers


Check out this video from retired and founding Anthrozoology professor Dr. Anne Perkins about the "best college major you've never heard of."