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Year: 2021

1January, 2021FebruaryMarch
Aug 09 Practical Zoo Nutrition Management Course
Aug 12 American Federation of Aviculture 47th Annual Conference
Aug 16 ZAA Professional Development Webinar: Improving Carnivore Diets One Part at a Time – A Discussion about Carcass Feeding
Aug 22 American Ornithological Society 139th Stated Meeting
Aug 27 Exoticscon
Aug 27 Association of Avian Veterinarians conference
Aug 29 American Association of Zoo Keepers Annual Conference
Aug 30 Association of Zoo and Aquarium Docents and Volunteers - 2021 Conference
Sep 19 Association of Zoos & Aquariums Annual Conference
Sep 21 EAZA Annual Conference
Oct 02 Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians 2021 Annual Conference
Oct 03 Zoological Registrars Association Conference
Oct 06 ZAA Professional Development Webinar: Touch the Heart to Teach the Mind 1.0 - Training for Guest Experience
Oct 08 International Conservation Education Conference 2021
Oct 11 Elephant Managers Association 2021 Conference
Oct 16 Feline Conservation Foundation - Beginner Husbandry Course
Oct 16 Feline Conservation Foundation - Advanced Husbandry Course
Oct 18 ZAA Professional Development Webinar: Touch the Heart to Teach the Mind 2.0 - Training for Guest Experience
Oct 23 American Association of Zoo Veterinarians Annual Conference
Nov 08 SEAZA 29th Annual Conference
Nov 10 IGES
Nov 17 Turtle and Tortoise Preservation Group Conference
Nov 29 ZAA Annual Conference 2021
Nov 29 ZAA Annual Conference 2021 - Vendor Registration
Dec 03 Post Conference Tour 2021
Dec 13 Society of Marine Mammalogy - Biennial Conference


The Zoological Association of America has compiled the information presented here for the benefit of persons interested in educational opportunities and careers in animal care and management. It has been gathered from many sources, including third parties. Correspondingly, the ZAA cannot endorse programs or institutions beyond its own process to accredit ZAA facilities.  Also, the ZAA cannot verify current courses of study at any institution, represent that the above is a complete list of academic programs, or endorse any particular path to careers in the industry. 

There are many ways that people enter the field of working with wild and exotic animals professionally. Through volunteerism, internships, certifications, degree plans or some combination of those are all instrumental in pursuit of a career working with wild and exotic animals. Many degrees are widely accepted in the field including Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Wildlife Ecology, Wildlife Management, Zoology, Zoo Science and more.

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