HELENA — Staff in Carroll College’s anthrozoology program have begun moving into their brand new building on campus.
The 7,000 square foot Perkins Call Canine Center is able to house almost every aspect of the college’s anthrozoology program.
The building features a new classroom with leading technology, indoor and outdoor kennels, two research rooms, a veterinary treatment room, canine grooming space, a 2,600 square foot training room, and more.
“Having a new facility like this allows us to have an applied experience for our students,” said anthrozoology instructor Molly Sumridge. “They can learn real-life professional skills that they can go out and apply in business, nonprofit work, conservation, you name it by simply working with a dog.”
Carroll College was the first anthrozoology undergraduate program in the nation, and it’s currently one of the school’s largest programs.
“People hear anthrozoology and then they think human-animal bond,” said Anthrozoology Department Chair Marie Suthers D.V.M. “They often go to, 'I love my dog,’ and of course that is part of it, but that’s a really small part of it.
Anthrozoology is much broader than that, and it’s anywhere where there’s that intersection between humans and animals.”
The new building was made possible through a $1.25 million donation by Whitney Call and her family.
The equine center for the anthrozoology program will still be in the valley to provide the needed space for the horses.