Welcome new students!

It is that time again! This is the week when all graduate students in the Anthrozoology master's program meet on campus for the beginning of a new exciting semester. This time we have 21 new stellar students joining the veterans for 4 days of intense meetings to start...

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A Roadmap to Roadkill

  Joseph Stalin is credited with saying “the death of one is a tragedy, but the death of a million is just a statistic.” When things (like bodies) start to pile up, each individual member loses value. Stalin was referring to human deaths, so what might a million...

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Harambe

    Dr. Paul Waldau Director of Anthrozoology Master of Science graduate program - Canisius College     “When will zoos stop killing gorillas?” was the first thought that occurred to me when I heard about the tragic death of Harambe. Admittedly, I have a bias—I’m on...

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Our ‘Guardians of Being’

I recall a moment when I felt challenged to reflect on what it truly meant to be a 'pet lover' versus an 'animal lover' and whether the two were mutually exclusive.  While I and many of my ANZO colleagues are on a personal journey, trying to reconcile the complex and...

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Green Care Interventions

As we approach Earth Day on April 22, talk about “going green” abounds, and I’m reminded of my Humane Education course in the Anthrozoology program, where we learned about green care interventions, in which active interaction with nature and the environment is...

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Canisius Zoological Society

  Do you love animals? Want to make a difference in their lives? Look no further! Canisius Zoological Society is the place for you! The club is formed by students from all backgrounds and areas of interest.     Every year the club plans activities both locally and...

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Introducing Animalia: An Anthrozoology Journal

  One of the things that occurred to me just after starting the Anthrozoology MS program at Canisius was that I wanted to hear, on a scholarly level, what my classmates had to say. Each individual came to the program with a different background, and even if we tended...

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Internship and Life after Canisius

I am only halfway through my Anthrozoology program, but have already started thinking about what I want to do for my internship and what type of work I want after I graduate. Since I need to work full time during my internship, my options are limited. Right now, two...

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It’s my favorite week of the year

This entry was written by Anthrozoology guest blogger Kayla Moreau. Giddy with both childish excitement and anticipation, I run down the halls of my house frolicking. Like a child tiptoeing into the living room on Christmas morning, I am keeping a countdown for that...

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A Visit with Local Neighbors

Sometimes people reserve the word “neighbor” for humans alone. But here I want to speak about my nonhuman neighbors and what they do for me. I live in New England, and to make sure I stay in touch with both myself and my local world, each day I try to walk in my...

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No Formal Education with Animals? No Problem!

    When I first applied to the Anthrozoology program at Canisius, I had some concerns about my lack of formal education with animals. Currently, I am working full time at Microsoft as a Software Consultant. My Bachelor’s and Master’s are in Computer Science. I also...

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Four Years with Jane Goodall

The season of family picnics and reunions draws near which means I’m drafting up my responses to my favorite question: “Anthrozoology? What are you going to do with that degree?” The good news is that I’m one of the lucky ones. I’ve been working in my field for almost...

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How an Anthrozoology Online Class Operates

If you have never taken an online class at Canisius, you may wonder what you should expect. Canisius utilizes two software programs in their Anthrozoology program. These programs are Desire2Learn (D2L) and GoToMeeting (GTM). Desire2Learn is an eLearning program that...

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The End is Near: Thesis Madness

  I have spent the last two semesters working on my thesis project, in some form or another, but these last several weeks have really been crunch time.  The end is in sight, though, as I am finishing up the formatting and final editing of the written document this...

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This is Anthrozoology

Our Sunday morning study routine was always the same. It was the only day my husband and I could get up in a more leisurely fashion, so we took advantage of that. At the same time, we wanted to finish work so we might have some time to play. After we peeled ourselves...

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Networking and Reconnecting at Conferences

  One of the great opportunities graduate students have is to present their work at a conference. I was honored to have my poster accepted for presentation at the 2nd Living with Animals conference, hosted by Eastern Kentucky University, in Richmond, KY. This was...

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On Campus Component

The online Master’s degree Canisius offers in Anthrozoology is different from your average online program in many ways. One of the coolest ways that it differs is an aspect of the program they call the OCC. This stands for On Campus Component. At the beginning of...

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Jumping in with Both Feet as a Returning Student

Throughout college and my professional life in public health, a voice in the back of my mind nagged me about working with nonhuman animals. I was never interested in practicing animal medicine. I was more interested in the psychological and physical lives of nonhumans...

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Diverse, successful education

From the Director of the graduate program ... Anthrozoology is many things to many different people. In our graduate program, the faculty and students are diverse in ways that are healthy and yet defy precise description. Some are focused on companion animals so fully...

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