*Your facility must be a facility member prior to applying for accreditation. Visit the membership page for more information. There is a minimum three month waiting period between membership approval and applying for accreditation.
Facilities are graded in many categories, including the following:
- Physical Facility
- Husbandry and Animal Care Practices
- Record Keeping and Health Care Records
- Knowledge of Animals by Personnel
- Animal Diet and Nutrition
- Facility Security
- Veterinary Care
- Licensing and Permits
- Safety Plans
- Professional standards for husbandry and animal care practices.
- Maintain accurate animal and medical records.
- Enhance the survival of species by the use of appropriate methods.
- Maintain an appropriate, safe, and quality existence for animals kept in a captive environment.
- Safety of humans, both staff and visitors, from injury and disease.
All information obtained or involved in the accreditation process shall be maintained in a confidential manner by ZAA. Other than the ZAA Board of Directors, Accreditation Committee, and Membership Committee members, the information will not be disseminated to anyone without the written approval of the animal facility applicant.
- Join ZAA as a facility member and professional member. (Click here for more information)
- Following membership approval by the Board of Directors and the payment of required dues, you may apply for accreditation.
- When the application, $300.00 non-refundable application fee, and $500 inspection deposit is received, an inspection may be arranged and you will be contacted by the accreditation chair. The $500 deposit is required to cover the costs of accreditation inspectors' expenses while inspecting the facility. Any amount over will be billed to the facility and any amount under will be reimbursed.
- Inspections are performed by the accreditation inspection team of two or more individuals. Re-accreditation of members in good standing require one or more inspectors.
- Any expenses incurred by the Inspection Team will be borne by the applicant. They may include (but are not limited to) airfare and hotel stay.
- The length of time needed for the inspection is determined by the size of the animal facility, the number of animals, the number of enclosures, and other areas of interest at the facility. Expenses are kept to a minimum.
- The inspection Team members will use an Accreditation Inspection Form to evaluate the facility, separately.
- These reports will be submitted to the Accreditation Committee Chairman for consideration. The committee may allow the applicant to correct/improve deficiencies.
- Following Accreditation Committee approval, the final report is given to the ZAA Chairman, who will then present the report to the Board of Directors for approval.
- The BOD will approve, deny, or table for later consideration.
- If a favorable majority vote is reached, the applicant shall be deemed an Accredited Member of the ZAA and an accreditation certificate will be issued.
- Evaluations of Accredited member facilities shall occur every 5 years or as deemed necessary by the Board of Directors. If the facility is to relocate to a new location, a new Accreditation inspection is required. Evaluation is also required if new management or a new owner assumes control of the facility. Accreditation is predicated on maintaining ZAA facility membership, maintaining all required permits and abiding by all applicable municipal, county, state, and federal regulations.
- There is a $300 application fee. Renewing facilities that submit the application six months prior to expiration, pay a discounted rate of $250.
Some criteria that is used to judge the facility is contained in the “ZAA Animal Care and Enclosure Standards”.
INSPECTION TEAM DUTIES
Upon appointment, the Inspection Team will consult with the applicant to set up an appropriate date and time for the inspection. The Inspection Team members will use an Accreditation Inspection Form to evaluate the applicant facility. Each team member will evaluate separately, using separate forms. Each inspector may add any information concerning the Applicant or their Inspection Evaluation that they deem of importance.
Each Inspection Team member will submit their individual findings and recommendations in a report to the Accreditation Committee Chairman for consideration from the committee. The Accreditation Committee may, at its discretion, allow the Applicant time to correct/improve deficiencies.
Following Accreditation Committee approval, the final report is given to the ZAA Chairman. The Chairman will then present the report to the Board of Directors for approval. The Board of Directors, by majority vote, will then approve, deny, or table for later consideration, the Applicant's request for accreditation. Upon a favorable majority vote of the Board of Directors, the Applicant shall be deemed an Accredited Member of ZAA. A certificate verifying the facility accreditation by the ZAA will be sent.
Evaluations of Accredited member facilities shall occur every 5 years or as deemed necessary by the Board of Directors.
For further accreditation information, please contact ZAA using the information on the contact page.
Sales of animals: ZAA accredited facilities are not allowed to sell any class I animals or primates for pet purposes or to the pet industry. ZAA also prohibits members selling animals to any known entity that promotes or engages in “canned hunts.”
Other than the above restriction, sales of animals, birds, reptiles, etc, which occur in the course of normal business is not restricted.
Accredited facilities have access to the Available and Wanted Animal List on the ZAA website.
Accredited facilities must maintain at least one ZAA professional level membership to keep the accredited status.