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The best college major you've never heard of: Ann Perkins at TEDxBozeman

By Anne Perkins

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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 Dr. Anne Perkins, decided to study how animals and humans interact with each other and thus was born anthrozoology.
Dr. Anne Perkins, Ph.D., has been a professor at Carroll College in Helena, Montana since 1990. She received her Ph.D. in Animal Behavior in 1992 from the University of California, Davis and while chairing the Psychology department at Carroll College, she created the Human-Animal Bond Program. The classes were so popular that the program evolved from a minor to the Anthrozoology major and eventually became its own department in 2014. It is the only undergraduate degree of its kind in the country. Concurrent with her faculty career at Carroll, Dr. Perkins held an appointment as a cooperative research scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for eight years. Her work resulted in several papers, a book chapter, and a patented drug protocol. Dr. Perkins' love of horses led to five years researching feral horses in the Pryor Mountains and drives her current passion for endurance riding.

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Katie Carroll

Date 2016
Size/Length 12:23
URL https://youtu.be/TZJcFkORrOQ
Language English
Notes Part of TEDx, an independently organized TED event.
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  1. Animal-assisted activities
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. Animals in culture
  4. Anthrozoology
  5. Curriculum
  6. Human-animal bond
  7. Human-animal relationships
  8. Research
  9. Universities and Colleges