Appalachian State University’s Dr. Zach Farris performs research in Madagascar to gain a better understanding of how native carnivores interact with domestic and feral dogs and cats. The assistant professor in Appalachian’s Department of Health and Exercise Science and some of his colleagues founded the Mad Dog Initiative, a nonprofit that provides free veterinary services and facilitates veterinarian training.
Recently, Farris was part of an interview conducted by the BBC about dogs and their special relationship with human beings. You can catch Farris about 18 minutes in, but we suggest you listen to the whole piece — it’s pretty doggone interesting.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.