- Mar 13,
2014Santa Rosa, CA
: The inaugural AZVT (Association Zoo Veterinary Technicians) Focus Group: The Art and Science of Hand-Rearing is scheduled for March 10-13, 2014 hosted by Safari West Nature Preserve (www.safariwest.com) in Santa Rosa, California, USA. The workshop concentrates solely on hand-rearing of zoo carnivore and ungulate species. The organizing committee is working with experts in the field to present exciting new and proven hand-rearing information to zoo veterinary and zoo animal care staff involved in this specialty. Registry of Approved Continuing Education approved CE will be available for veterinary staff.
The 2.5 day program will share best science based practices with zoo veterinarians, zoo veterinary technicians, curators, managers and keepers, to encourage team building, information sharing and to develop trust that will benefit the animal and the institution. Often specialized knowledge and experience is lost when zoo staff leaves or retires. Building a communication network within the institution and with outside resources is the goal of this hand-rearing workshop through introductions and exchanging of knowledge, experiences and resources.
A round table discussion involving some of the contributing authors to Hand-Rearing Wild and Domestic Mammals will allow participants to pose questions to an experienced panel while participants who have worked with a variety of animals and can also offer a wealth of practical knowledge. The fundamental concept of sharing knowledge will contribute to this successful workshop. We are catering to a small group of 80 participants in a unique safari-themed venue with all amenities on-site including upscale safari style lodging, excellent meals, and beautiful meeting space all creating a collaborative working environment.
An optional pre-workshop training session on March 10, 2014 is scheduled with Dr. E. S. Dierenfeld PhD, CNS to learn about ZootrtionTM the dietary management software. For details contact: Gail Hedberg, RVT Workshop Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org