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Year: 2022

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May 16 International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine Annual Conference
May 18 Professional Development Webinar: A Wild Look at Dentistry
Jun 01 Professional Development Webinar: ZAA and the role of animal welfare
Jun 08 International Herpetological Symposium
Jun 08 Professional Development Webinar: Nutrition and Health as they pertain to animal welfare
Jun 15 Professional Development Webinar: Physical Environment and Behavioral Interactions as they pertain to animal welfare
Jun 22 Professional Development Webinar: Psychological well-being, End of life and Critical care as they pertain to animal welfare
Jun 27 American Ornithological Society Annual Meeting
Jun 29 Professional Development Webinar: Welfare Series Summary & Animal welfare round table
Jul 27 American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Annual Meeting
Aug 05 American Federation of Aviculture
Aug 07 Turtle Survival Alliance
Aug 14 ExoticsCon 2022
Aug 27 Association of Zoos & Aquariums
Sep 12 Giraffe Care Workshop
Sep 17 American Association of Zoo Veterinarians Annual Conference
Sep 27 EAZA Annual Conference
Oct 04 International Congress of Zookeeping
Oct 09 Zoological Registrars Association
Oct 10 Elephant Managers Association
Oct 12 Association of Zoo and Aquarium Docents and Volunteers - 2022 Conference
Oct 13 American Association of Zoo Keepers Annual Conference
Oct 13 1st International Sloth Symposium
Oct 30 Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians Annual Conference
Nov 02 Avicultural Society of America
Nov 08 IGES gift show
Nov 29 ZAA Annual Conference 2022 - Vendor Booth Registration


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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Preserving the Past for Future Generations

The Zoo & Aquarium Video Archive includes video interviews with the some of the most prominent industry-leaders of the past 

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