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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    • October 04, 2022
    • October 07, 2022
    • Barcelona, Spain
    • October 08, 2022
    • October 12, 2022
    • Denver, Colorado

    Aquarium & Zoo Facilities Association

    http://www.azfa.org/conference-information-2/

    • October 09, 2022
    • October 15, 2022
    • Nashville Zoo, TN
    • October 10, 2022
    • October 14, 2022
    • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • October 12, 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • virtual

    ZAA Professional Development Webinar: Citizen Science Programs YOU Can Set Up at Your Zoo

    Registration Required:   https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RFtz3mL0QLWyyQfhez4MFw

    Citizen Science Programs YOU Can Set Up at Your Zoo
    Adam Kaeser, Research Biologist at US Fish and Wildlife Service
    Join ZAA, as we learn about designing citizen science programs at your zoological facility.



    • October 13, 2022
    • October 14, 2022
    • Edinburgh Zoo
    • October 13, 2022
    • October 17, 2022
    • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    • October 26, 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • virtual

    ZAA Professional Development Webinar: How to Design a Pledge Card

    Register:
    https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UE6BTwzmSjOP3Mz0-wTaXA

    How to Design a Pledge Card
    Nic Prenger, Prenger Solutions

    Join ZAA, as we learn how to design a pledge card that works!
    • October 30, 2022
    • November 04, 2022
    • Tucson, Arizona

    Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians Annual Conference

    In-Person + Virtual Option

    https://azvt.org/page-7741

    • November 02, 2022
    • November 05, 2022
    • Tampa, Florida
    • November 02, 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • virtual

    ZAA Professional Development Webinar: Alligator Husbandry

    Registration Required:  

    https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mFgwJlzXRNafG_VztDupEg

    Alligator Husbandry
    Maggie Solum, Curator
    Henson Robinson Zoo

    Join ZAA, as we learn from seasoned professionals about best practices for alligator care in managed zoological settings.



    • November 08, 2022
    • November 12, 2022
    • Sevierville & Pigeon Forge, TN
    • November 09, 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • virtual

    ZAA Professional Development Webinar: Toucan Husbandry

    Registration Required:   https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AQhc96OdRiarzzr4LGb6Tg


    Toucan Husbandry
    Bret Padgett

    Join ZAA, as we learn from seasoned professionals about best practices for toucan care in managed zoological settings.



    • November 09, 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • virtual

    ZAA Professional Development Webinar: Giraffe Training for Medical Procedures

    Registration Required:   https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-4D0Zlx3QBOcZ3IFz8ye6w


    Giraffe Training for Medical Procedures
    Amy Schilz, Senior Animal Behaviorist
    Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

    Join ZAA, as we learn from seasoned professionals about giraffe training for medical procedures. Amy Schilz has worked with giraffe for over 15 years. She’s been at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo since 2013, and has worked alongside her team to improve the behavior program for their large herd. Together, they’ve trained over 30 giraffe for hoof care, and have worked to establish behavior programs tailored to each individual in the Zoo’s care. These behaviors include voluntary trailer loading, blood draws, blood banking, radiographs, stem cell therapy, laser therapy, shifting, standing on the scale, milk collection, ultrasound, injections and entering the chute. She is passionate about collaborating with other giraffe caretakers, and has enjoyed hosting many Giraffe Workshops since 2015.


    • November 29, 2022
    • 9:00 AM (CST)
    • December 02, 2022
    • 12:00 PM (CST)
    • Mesa, Arizona
    Register

    ZAA Annual Conference 2022
    Delta by Marriott, Mesa, Arizona

    See full package details at zaa.org/vendorinfo

    Vendor Schedule at a glance

    Tuesday, November 29, 2022
    9am - Ballroom opens for vendor set-up
    4pm-7pm - Ice Breaker reception


    Wednesday, November 30, 2022
    8am - Exhibit Hall opens
    5pm-8pm - Vendor Blender reception


    Thursday, December 1, 2022
    8am - Exhibit Hall opens
    4pm - Exhibit Hall closes, optional tear down


    Friday, December 2, 2022
    8am-12pm - Tear down
    Zoo Day & Banquet at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park

    Contact Meg Lampert, conference coordinator at conference@zaa.org for exhibitor and sponsorship information.

    • November 29, 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • December 02, 2022
    • Mesa, Arizona
    Register


    • July 12, 2023
    • July 16, 2023
    • Norfolk, Virginia

    American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Annual Meeting

    https://www.asih.org/meetings

    • September 09, 2023
    • September 14, 2023
    • Columbus, Ohio
    • September 15, 2023
    • September 22, 2023
    • Nashville, TN
    • September 17, 2023
    • September 21, 2023
    • Akron, Ohio

    https://aazk.org/

ZOO CAREER DEVELOPMENT

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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