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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE AND MEETINGS

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    • August 03, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • August 07, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Charleston, SC
    • August 06, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • September 24, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Virtual

    https://turtlesurvival.org/2020-symposium/

    • August 10, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • August 15, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Virtual
    • August 28, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • September 02, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Denver, CO

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

    http://www.exoticscon.org/


    • September 01, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • September 07, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Cross, SC

    For information, contact:

    Cris Hagen, chagen@turtlesurvival.org
    Rick Hudson, rhudson@turtlesurvival.org

    • September 13, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • September 17, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Virtual
    • September 19, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • September 25, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Virtual
    • September 27, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • October 01, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Louisville, KY
    • September 27, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • October 02, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Colorado Springs, CO
    • October 03, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • October 08, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Virtual
    • October 05, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • October 11, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Virtual
    • October 10, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • October 11, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Virtual
    • October 25, 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • October 26, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • virtual
    • November 03, 2020
    • (EST)
    • November 07, 2020
    • (EST)
    • Sevierville & Pigeon Forge, TN
    • November 18, 2020
    • (EST)
    • November 20, 2020
    • (EST)
    • Mesa, AZ
    • November 30, 2020
    • (EST)
    • December 03, 2020
    • (EST)
    • Fort Worth, Texas
    Register

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    Schedule at a Glance

    Monday, November 30, 2020
    Ice Breaker
    Board of Directors meeting
    Vendor set-up

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020
    Keynote Speaker
    General Session

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020
    General Session

    Thursday, December 3, 2020
    Zoo Day and Banquet at the Fort Worth Zoo

    Optional (additional registration required)
    December 4, 2020
    Post Conference Tour: Frank Buck Zoo

    December 4-5, 2020
    Studbook Keeper Workshop

    • December 04, 2020
    • (EST)
    • December 05, 2020
    • (EST)
    • Fort Worth, Texas
    Register
    • March 28, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • March 31, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Pittsburgh, PA
    • 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
    • (EDT)
    • May 30, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Phoenix, AZ
    • June 09, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • June 12, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Atlanta, GA
    • August 22, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • August 29, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • San Juan, Puerto Rico
    • August 27, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • September 02, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Denver, CO

    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
    • (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
    • (EDT)
    • 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
    • (EDT)
    • September 23, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Baltimore, MD
    • September 21, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • September 25, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Helsinki, Finland
    • October 23, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 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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