Our new major explores the extraordinary relationships and interactions that people have with animals, combining scientific study and exploration with theoretical applications in animal welfare, animal behaviour, and conservation. Our unique approach includes classroom instruction and hands-on learning.
On-campus, you will work directly with a variety of animals, including:
Small mammals (rabbits, guinea pigs)
Large birds (pigeons)
You can choose from three distinct tracks based on your interests and career goals:
Captive Wildlife Care
Domestic Animal Care
You can also extend your anthrozoology degree's career value and marketability by adding a minor in another field, such as education, hospitality, or entrepreneurship.
As an anthrozoology major, you will learn to:
Think like a scientist
Use critical thinking skills to evaluate situations involving animals.
Articulate scientific ideas and concepts
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of animal husbandry, behaviour, and zoonosis (diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans)
Help create solutions to enhance positive interactions and relationships between humans and animals and change misconceptions and fears.
Prepare for employment in zoos, aquariums, animal shelters, and nature centres.
In this major, you will have access to unique learning opportunities and internships through our close relationships with area employers and organizations that work with animals. In addition to on-campus experiences, you will participate in hands-on learning at area zoos, rescue shelters, stables, farms, and more.
All anthrozoology majors are required to complete an internship. We work with you to identify and secure an internship in the Leesburg area. If you prefer to complete a summer internship, we will work with you to identify an internship close to your home or at a location of interest to you.
Students with a B.S. in Anthrozoology can immediately begin working in the field or continue to graduate school for advanced study in animal behaviour or conservation biology.
This degree provides solid preparation for employment in zoos, aquariums, animal shelters, nature centers, or a career in animal training, wildlife conservation, or animal welfare.