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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    • June 27, 2022
    • July 02, 2022
    • San Juan, puerto Rico

    American Ornithological Society Annual Meeting

    https://americanornithology.org/meetings/annual-meeting/

    • June 29, 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • virtual

    ZAA Professional Development Webinar

    Registration Required:  

    https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nTiv77ADS6uty83BClruYA


    Webinar Series Summary & Animal welfare round table

    ZAA's Animal Welfare Committee is committed to providing guidance and resources based on scientific measures to ensure best practices.

    Join the committee for a round table discussion on animal welfare, what it ,means and how you can implement a program at your facility.



    • July 06, 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • virtual

    ZAA Professional Development Webinar

    Registration Required:  

    https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_el2GQU_PST2cRJSP7tLwBg

    Hurricane Preparedness

    Disaster preparedness can be a daunting task and is now a requirement for USDA license holders. Join ZAA, as we learn from seasoned professionals, the key points in effective preparation.




    • July 13, 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • virtual

    ZAA Professional Development Webinar

    Registration Required:  

    https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8kOz-5lQRISN0AHC2w4_Tw

    Flood Preparedness

    Disaster preparedness can be a daunting task and is now a requirement for USDA license holders. Join ZAA, as we learn from seasoned professionals, the key points in effective preparation.




    • July 27, 2022
    • July 31, 2022
    • Spokane, Washington

    American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Annual Meeting

    https://www.asih.org/meetings

    • July 27, 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • virtual

    ZAA Professional Development Webinar

    Registration Required:  

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

    Active shooter/fence jumper

    Disaster preparedness can be a daunting task and is now a requirement for USDA license holders. Join ZAA, as we learn from seasoned professionals, the key points in effective preparation.




    • August 05, 2022
    • August 07, 2022
    • Herndon, Virginia
    • August 07, 2022
    • August 11, 2022
    • Tuscon, Arizona
    • August 14, 2022
    • August 18, 2022
    • Denver, CO

    Association of Avian Veterinarians

    ExoticsCon 2022

    https://www.aav.org/page/futureconferences


    • August 27, 2022
    • September 01, 2022
    • Baltimore, Maryland
    • September 12, 2022
    • September 16, 2022
    • Colorado Springs, CO
    • September 14, 2022
    • September 17, 2022
    • San Antonio, Texas

    Venomous Herpetology Symposium 2022

    https://www.venomsymposium.com/main

    • September 17, 2022
    • September 23, 2022
    • Houston, TX
    • September 27, 2022
    • October 01, 2022
    • Portugal, Spain

    EAZA Annual Conference

    https://www.eaza.net/events/ac22/

    • 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 13, 2022
    • October 17, 2022
    • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    • October 13, 2022
    • October 14, 2022
    • Edinburgh Zoo
    • 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 08, 2022
    • November 12, 2022
    • Sevierville & Pigeon Forge, TN
    • 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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