Dr. Marie Suthers has more than 25 years of experience in veterinary practice, academic and community education, and the study of human-animal interaction. She is a well-known national and international speaker on the relationship between people and animals including the impact of human-animal interaction on specific human populations and the well-being of animals employed in therapeutic interventions for humans.
Prior to joining the Anthrozoology Program at Carroll College in 2012, Dr. Suthers served as Vice President of Human-Animal Interactions for the American Humane Association. In that capacity she oversaw the research, development and creation of programs and materials, including publications, classroom lesson plans and workshops on Humane Education, Animal-Assisted Therapy and The Link. She also worked with the veterinary community to support mutual efforts to promote public health, animal welfare and well-being. Previously, Dr. Suthers was the Director of Community Education for Heifer International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to relieving global hunger and poverty. Her responsibilities included directing the development, implementation and evaluation of community education initiatives, education partnerships and teacher training initiatives. Prior to that, she developed and directed the Center for Animal-Human Relationships at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, where her focus involved human well-being as it relates to interaction with companion animals. Prior to that, she was a professor and, subsequently, program director of veterinary technology at Columbus State Community College in Ohio, where she managed the veterinary technology program comprising seven faculty members and 200 students, and incorporated advancements in the field of veterinary medicine into the curriculum.
Dr. Suthers is former-President of the American Association of Human Animal Bond Veterinarians and served on the board of directors of the International Society for Anthrozoology, the Association for Veterinary Family Practice and the Animal Related Careers Consortium. She served as a Veterinary Medical Officer with the Veterinary Medical Assistance Team–2 of the National Disaster Medical System at the World Trade Center disaster. She received the Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award in 2005 and the Distinguished Virginia Veterinarian Award in 2006. She received her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from The Ohio State University in 1982.
Dr. Suthers has a son, Benjamin, and the rest of the family includes 2 horses, Buttercup and Scarlet; a Standard Poodle, Sunny; a barn cat turned house cat, Grandpa; and 2 parakeets.