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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    • November 03, 2020
    • (EST)
    • November 07, 2020
    • (EST)
    • Sevierville & Pigeon Forge, TN
    • November 16, 2020
    • (EST)
    • November 19, 2020
    • (EST)
    • virtual

    28th SEAZA Conference, Nov 16-19 (virtual, registration is free)

    http://www.seaza.asia/2020-28th-seaza-conference#register


    • November 18, 2020
    • (EST)
    • November 20, 2020
    • (EST)
    • Mesa, AZ
    • December 02, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
    • virtual

    ZAA Professional Development Webinar

    "Lobbying: It only hurts if you don’t do it"
    Presenter: Phil Goss

    Advanced registration required:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Vj9bOkHtQ8SnR04P1Q-_fg
    For ZAA members only.  If you are not a member, join today!
    Presentation begins at 2:00pm eastern for 30 minutes, followed by a 30 minute Q&A.

    Lobbying may seem like a stressful endeavor, especially for those who are new to it. Anyone can be a successful lobbyist with just a little preparation. The hardest part of lobbying is doing it the first time. You have to get your foot in the door if you ever want the door to be open. Like many things in life, you just need to take the time to do it once and then it becomes much easier. Put simply, lobbying is nothing more than educating legislators about what we do and why we do it. If you can speak about your animals and your business in a professional manner, then you can be a good lobbyist.

    Phil Goss has served as the President of USARK since 2013. During this time, USARK has seen unprecedented success for an advocacy organization of its size, limited resources, and short history. Phil has authored language that has turned into law at multiple levels of government in dozens of locations. He has expanded USARK’s undertakings into related regulatory issues such as CITES and the Endangered Species Act, and has made certain that USARK does more than just combat overreaching laws. USARK now promotes educational outreach and reptile conservation efforts in several ways, including fundraising and support for those matters. Phil’s dedication to herpetoculture stems from being a reptile keeper and breeder for over twenty years, having bred dozens of species under his care.

    • December 08, 2020
    • (EST)
    • virtual

    ZSL: Science for reptilian conservation

    Livestreamed to Youtube

    https://www.zsl.org/science/whats-on/putting-reptiles-on-the-map-zsl-science-for-reptilian-conservation

    • December 14, 2020
    • 7:45 PM - 9:00 PM (EST)
    • virtual

    ZAA Professional Development Webinar with Happy Hour

    "So You Want To Work At The Zoo: Skills to make your resume and interview stand out"

    Advanced registration required: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZOfGseaZQwqP0D7Q0bAHYQ
    For ZAA members only.  If you are not a member, join today!

    Panel:

    • LynnLee Schmidt, Chief of Connections, Tanganyika Wildlife Park
    • Susan Kleven, Director, Frank Buck Zoo
    • Donald Zeigler, Zoo Manager, Orange County Zoo
    • Jo Luecht-Medlin, Director of Human Resources, San Antonio Zoo

    Happy Hour with specialty drink begins at 7:45pm eastern.  Presentation begins at 8:00pm eastern for 30 minutes, followed by a 30 minute Q&A.  Ingredients list will be sent with your registration confirmation.

    Learning the nuances of application processes are essential to moving successfully through an application process.  This presentation will include information about the common types of application processes, the recruitment/screening processes, tips to building your application profile of a job description, and keys to successfully moving past the screening processes.

    LynnLee Schmidt: As the Chief of Connections at Tanganyika Wildlife Park, LynnLee supports the teams of people who connect the guests with the animals, including education, ambassador animals, encounter stations, experiences, volunteers, interns, and animal training.  She owns Animals Amplified, a consulting company that empowers teams to develop innovative solutions so animals and keepers can find and live their “happy.”  When teams and animals are playing at max volume they captivate guests and make positive change for our planet. Her experience is mostly with big cats, ambassador animals, and training. LynnLee gets excited about big challenges, things that others say can't be done, and she loves to help bridge the gaps between management and frontline staff.

    Donald Zeigler: Donald currently serves as the Manager of the Orange County Zoo located in Southern California and has held this position for the past 13 years.  Prior to becoming the OC Zoo Manager, he had served in several positions within the County including Park Ranger, OC Zoo Curator, and OC Zoo Animal Keeper.  Before beginning his career with the County, he spent two years in the Peace Corps serving as a fish agriculture specialist in Gabon, Africa after achieving his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Vanguard University of Southern California.

    Susan Kleven: A graduate of Moorpark College’s Exotic Animal Training & Management program. Co-founder of Animal Edutainment wildlife education outreach, programs in DFW. Provide “animal support” for many wildlife networks and personalities. September of 2004, Susan became the Director of the Frank Buck Zoo, in Gainesville, Texas. At the time, the zoo was closed for a major expansion which doubled the footprint of the zoo, the animal collection and the staff. Susan successfully navigated the transition from free zoo to fee zoo.  Susan has received extensive FEMA NIMS training for crisis management. In 2009 Susan received recognition from the Army Corps of Engineers and from Borden for the “Single Sensational Act” recognizing the successful evacuation of the Frank Buck Zoo during major and sustained flooding in 2007.  She has served on ZAA’s Crisis Communication committee and is an active member of ZDR3 (Zoo Disaster Response, Rescue & Recovery). Susan is a charter member of the Animal Behavioral Management Alliance (ABMA), a long-time member of the Aquarium & Zoo Association, American Association of Zoo Keepers and the Texas Aquarium & Zoo Educators. Susan was the founding President of the Association of Professional Wildlife Educators. Susan served as the Chairman of ZAA’s first Education Committee.

    Jo Luecht-Medlin: Director of Human Resources, San Antonio Zoo



    • January 06, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
    • virtual

    ZAA Professional Development Webinar

    Table Top Drills
    Presenter: Ken Kaemmerer

    Advanced registration required:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dqB57AIDSQu7e7YxA4znTQ
    For ZAA members only.  If you are not a member, join today!

    Presentation begins at 2:00pm eastern for 30 minutes, followed by a 30 minute Q&A.

    Practicing for emergency events of all types within zoo and aquarium environments is not only smart preparation for all the many disasters we hear about regularly, but also is a zoo association standard necessary for accreditation.  While it is important to hold regular live action practice drills, there are times when a live simulation drill may be too complex or logistically difficult or too advanced for new or inexperienced staff for it to effect satisfactory lessons and experience.  This presentation will describe a variety of “Tabletop Drills,” where your staff can congregate together and be led through an emergency event step by step with the staff describing what actions they would take as the event progresses.  A tabletop drill can be formally scripted in advance by a leader with planned injections of complications to test the participants’ reactions.  Or a tabletop drill can be set up by the leader with complications randomized by the rolls of specific numbered dice with the outcomes less predictable.  Both methods stimulate thinking about potential emergency actions and help prepare your staff for live action drills as well as real emergencies.


    Ken Kaemmerer (Curator of Mammals @Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium)
    Ken has enjoyed a career of more than 40 years at multiple zoos in N. America as well as S. America.  He has spent the last 11 years as mammal curator at the Pittsburgh Zoo and prior to that for 22 years as mammal curator at the Dallas Zoo.  Currently he serves ZAA as Chair of the Animal Management Programs and Conservation Committee.  Over the years he’s had many experiences with various types of emergencies from dangerous animal escapes to recoveries from flooding.  He has directed, planned and participated in preparations for emergencies through various practice drills ranging from tabletop drills to live action drills.  He created a tabletop drill format where the chosen scenario and the progressive steps can be randomized to be unpredictable, simulating the uncertainty of an emerging crisis, but allowing each participant to react and discuss with others what they would do to resolve the emergency.  This was described in an article in the Winter 2018 issue of the ZAA Journal.





    • January 12, 2021
    • (EST)
    • virtual

    ZSL: Revealing the unseen: The amazing world of wildlife pathology

    Livestreamed to Youtube

    https://www.zsl.org/science/whats-on/revealing-the-unseen-the-amazing-world-of-wildlife-pathology

    • March 03, 2021
    • (EST)
    • March 06, 2021
    • (EST)
    • virtual

    https://iaate.org/

    • March 28, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • March 31, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Pittsburgh, PA
    • March 28, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • March 31, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Pittsburgh Zoo, Pittsburgh, PA

    http://new.aalso.org/

    • April 18, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • April 23, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Atlanta, GA

    International Marine Animal Trainers’ Association
    The Animal Behavior Management Alliance

    conference information

    • May 26, 2021
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    • May 30, 2021
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    • Phoenix, AZ
    • June 09, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • June 12, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Atlanta, GA
    • August 22, 2021
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    • August 29, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • San Juan, Puerto Rico
    • August 27, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • September 02, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Nashville, TN

    https://www.aav.org

    • August 27, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • September 02, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 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 29, 2021
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    • September 02, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Los Angeles, CA
    • August 29, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • September 02, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Los Angeles, California
    • August 30, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • September 04, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 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 23, 2021
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    • October 29, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    • September 17, 2022
    • (EDT)
    • September 23, 2022
    • (EDT)
    • Houston, TX

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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