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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    • April 18, 2021
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    • April 23, 2021
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    • Atlanta, GA

    International Marine Animal Trainers’ Association
    The Animal Behavior Management Alliance

    conference information

    • April 19, 2021
    • 7:45 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • virtual

    ZAA Professional Development Webinar

    Methods for Maintaining Meaning

    Advanced registration required: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EPheWVZ2TYCtc48fEJDx-A

    A positive working culture doesn't happen by accident, it requires intentional design and influence that consistently supports the mission, vision and values of the organization. Some believe that this type of change has to start from the top down, however changes you make as an individual can have ripple effects in the overall culture of your organization. This presentation will provide tools and strategies that team members can use to support a positive work culture at any level of their organization. We will explore the importance of self care and mindfulness to manage stress, improve your work -life harmony as well as the impacts it can have on your quality of animal care. Join us to learn how you can make a difference at any level or role in your organization's work culture.

    Presenter: ______

    Bio





    • April 28, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • virtual

    Animal Training in Zoos – applying the science of behaviour change to improve welfare for all zoo animals; with guest Jim Mackie, Animal Behaviour Management Officer, Zoological Society of London, Vice Chair – EAZA Animal Training Working Group.

    28 April, 15:00-16:00 (Central European Time)
    Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEkfuqhqj4uGd2EQOmW6LVAiLw_tDeS-dNF

    This presentation demonstrates how science-based animal training has a significant welfare benefit on all kinds of animals in Zoos and aquaria, in many different ways. From arapaima to zebra, and everything in between, we will show how training is not just for the flagship mammals, but for every type of animal in the zoo. Using examples from across the taxonomic groups, we will explore the diverse ways in which Zoo animal caregivers are replacing traditional methods of husbandry and medical care, such as manual restraint, with a co-operative and progressive approach, and provide evidence into how this change is having a positive impact on Zoo animal welfare, whatever the animal.

    EAZA Welfare Webinars are kindly supported by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). Ensuring that these webinars remain free and open to all; promoting animal welfare best practice to all.

    • May 17, 2021
    • 7:45 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • virtual

    ZAA Professional Development Webinar

    Methods for Maintaining Meaning

    Advanced registration required: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NSksPym0RbilMTgN0TAi8g

    A positive working culture doesn't happen by accident, it requires intentional design and influence that consistently supports the mission, vision and values of the organization.  Building and maintaining a positive work culture requires work even on a good day, however the benefits can impact productivity, animal welfare and even sustainability of an organization.  This presentation will provide tools and strategies for developing and implementing a positive work culture. We will explore the benefits of a positive work culture as well as common challenges leaders face when implementing change and how to overcome those challenges.  Leaders play an important role in maintaining a positive work culture, join us to learn how.

    Presenter: ______

    Bio





    • May 26, 2021
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    • May 30, 2021
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    • Phoenix, AZ
    • June 09, 2021
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    • June 12, 2021
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    • Atlanta, GA
    • August 09, 2021
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    • August 13, 2021
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    • Front Royal, VA

    Practical Zoo Nutrition Management Course (9-13 August 2021)

    https://smconservation.gmu.edu/programs/graduate-and-professional/practical-zoo-nutrition-management/

    Last year at this time we were sending out a similar note to this one - to formally announce the 5th offering of the Practical Zoo Nutrition Management course through the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) in Front Royal, VA.  And then things changed.  Fast forward a year and then some, and we are pleased to announce that we are going to offer the course this year in person between 9-13 August 2021 and enrollment is currently open.

    We understand there is a lot of uncertainty about the future, yet one of the things that has remained constant throughout all of this (and will into the future) is the need to care for our animals and provide the best diets and nutritional husbandry that we can. We are steadfast in our dedication to do just that, while sharing knowledge, and ensuring that we all stay safe and healthy as we do so.  It is to that end that we decided it was time to make a go of this.

    This course is designed to provide knowledge and hands-on experience within one of the oldest zoo nutrition programs in the US. Because of the complexities and extensive experiential learning involved in the profession, this course is not designed to create a zoo nutritionist in 5 days.  But participants will become familiar with a wide variety of topics in the field of zoo and wildlife nutrition, as well as some of the nuances of managing a commissary (food procurement and preparation) operation to support a zoo.  For more information regarding the course and registration, please use the link: https://smconservation.gmu.edu/programs/graduate-and-professional/practical-zoo-nutrition-management/

    The course curriculum includes, but isn't limited to, topics such as: taxa-and foraging strategy-based nutrition principles, life stage nutrition management, commissary operations principles (sustainable and cost-effective feed sourcing, practical finance management of feeding exotics, etc), practical diet formulation principles and practices (how to create a "balanced" diet and what that means), practical commercial feed manufacturing details (how our feeds are made and what we need to know about the process), food service sanitation and HACCP, hay/browse/bamboo management, and many more!  The course is open to zoo professionals (of any and all backgrounds), vets, commissary managers, existing nutritionists, feed company representatives, students, etc, etc.  We seek as much diversity of backgrounds and experience as possible in each cohort.

    • August 12, 2021
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    • August 14, 2021
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    • Bloomington, MN
    • August 22, 2021
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    • August 29, 2021
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    • San Juan, Puerto Rico
    • August 27, 2021
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    • September 02, 2021
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    • Nashville, TN

    Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV)
    Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV)
    Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV)

    http://www.exoticscon.org/


    • August 27, 2021
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    • September 02, 2021
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    • Nashville, TN

    https://www.aav.org

    • August 29, 2021
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    • September 02, 2021
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    • Los Angeles, CA
    • August 30, 2021
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    • September 04, 2021
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    • Louisville, Kentucky

    https://www.azadvconferences.org/2020-louisville-ky

    • September 19, 2021
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    • September 23, 2021
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    • Baltimore, MD
    • September 21, 2021
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    • September 25, 2021
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    • Helsinki, Finland
    • October 02, 2021
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    • October 05, 2021
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    • Norfolk, VA
    • October 03, 2021
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    • October 09, 2021
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    • virtual
    • October 23, 2021
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    • October 29, 2021
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    • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    • November 10, 2021
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    • November 13, 2021
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    • Pigeon Forge, TN
    • November 29, 2021
    • 6:00 PM (CST)
    • December 02, 2021
    • 10:00 PM (CST)
    • Hilton Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas
    Register

    ZAA Annual Conference 2021
    Hilton Hotel, Fort Worth, Texas

    See full package details at zaa.org/vendorinfo

    Vendor Schedule

    Monday, November 29, 2021
    Vendor set-up
    Ice Breaker


    Tuesday, November 30, 2021
    Vendor Hall open (all day)
    Vendor Blender (evening)


    Wednesday, December 1, 2021
    Vendor Hall open (all day)

    Break down in afternoon, optional

    Thursday, December 2, 2021
    Break down in morning, optional
    Zoo Day & Banquet at Fort Worth Zoo

    *Tentative schedule. Subject to change.

    Contact Elizabeth Hunt Curcuru at conference@zaa.org or (248) 515-1662 for exhibitor and sponsorship information.

    • September 17, 2022
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    • September 23, 2022
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    • Houston, TX
    • October 12, 2022
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    • October 17, 2022
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    • Toledo, Ohio

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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