The Distance-Learning MA Anthrozoology is especially relevant in terms of Continual Professional Development for individuals who are involved with the care of non-human animals in a professional capacity.
Angi has more than 20 years of experience in zoos and aquariums. She frequently assists clients with every aspect of running successful animal management programs and teaches both basic and advanced animal training workshops to professionals and aspiring trainers.
I chose the full-time distance MA in Anthrozoology at Exeter because of its quality distinction award and the possibility to study at home. This programme suited my interest in human–animal relations at zoos because it covered a wide range of topics from Wildlife Conservation to Health and Healing or Primatology.
Thanks to the MA in Anthrozoology channelling my focus, I now have a job as a canine hydrotherapist at one of the largest hydrotherapy centres in the UK, as well as having my passion for nonhuman animals well and truly fuelled – I cannot wait to share what I have learned through the programme with others and put emphasis on the importance of the welfare of nonhuman animals.
I am an instructor at a veterinary technician training college in Colorado. My specialties include avian, reptile and amphibian husbandry and nursing. I am currently pursuing my master’s degree in anthrozoology through the University of Exeter. My research interests include conservation and educational travel, motivations of humans in animal preferences, training companion animal nurses in wildlife care, exploring human/wildlife conflict and coexistence in the US and Nepal, and preserving populations of wild animals globally.
My interest in Anthrozoology began whilst undertaking the BSc Animal Science; this single optional unit paved my way to future study on both the Post-Graduate Certificate in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law and the Masters in Anthrozoology. Through employment as a lecturer in FE Animal Management I focus on interspecific relationships within my specialist area; Animal Behaviour and Welfare incorporating various uses of non-human animal species and discussing both those areas brought to the media spotlight as well as those often hidden.
I am currently a FE and HE lecturer at Derby College, United Kingdom. I am in my sixth academic year teaching and have a keen passion and interest in all Anthrozoology material. My main areas of interests lie within research between human-animal encounters and our perceptions of animals.
As a Registered Veterinary Nurse, my medical knowledge of animals needs to be comprehensive for my work but the MA allowed me to reflect on the differing social and cultural contexts in which veterinary medicine and healing is practiced.
This MA course appealed to me because it included anthropology, something which I had not studied before, and then combined it with zoology which I had loved studying during my undergraduate degree. I was able to explore the relationships some of my closest family and friends enjoyed with their animals including my mum and her rabbit and my then flatmate and her pet rats.
During the course of the MA, various opportunities came my way, such as presenting my BSc Dissertation, titled Factors Influencing Attitudes Towards Animal Testing, at the first Anthrozoology Student Conference in 2015. My MA Dissertation continued exploring current attitudes towards nonhuman animal use in medicine, focussing on the age group known as the Millennials; those born between the mid-1980s and year 2000, as I believe this demographic plays a key role in deciding the future of laboratory animals.