Animal Programs Workshops

Enrich Your Career!

AZA's Taxon Advisory Groups (TAGs) and Species Survival Plan® Programs (SSPs) are important providers of professional development for animal care professionals. Check out these great training opportunities to enrich your career!  If you are aware of an animal-related or TAG or SSP workshop that is not listed here, please contact the AZA Conservation & Science Department.

Felid TAG's first Advanced Felid Husbandry Course (AFHC)
Hosted by Denver Zoo: May 15 - 17, 2016

Course focus will be Safety, including mitigating human error, communication, handling emergencies, transports, and training of animals and staff, among others. Deadline for applications is January 31, 2016.

Click here for the course application.
Scholarships also available.

Amphibian TAG Advanced Amphibian Course
Hosted by Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo: May 16 - 20, 2016

Mississippi State University and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo will be hosting an Assisted Reproduction Technologies (ART) for Amphibians Workshop that concentrates on techniques and special requirements for the captive breeding of anurans and caudates in zoos and aquariums, with a focus on utilizing these techniques for conservation and research applications. The course is limited to 15 attendees.

Click here for the course registration form. Please submit by April 8.
Contact Vicky Poole or Diane Barber for more information.

Orangutan Workshop & Husbandry Course
Hosted by Henry Vilas Zoo, Madison, WI: August 16 - 20, 2016

Registration for the 10th Annual Orangutan Husbandry Workshop will be open in May. Please see the workshop's website for more information, or contact Abstracts for papers and posters are now being accepted - download the abstract form and submit it by May 1. 

The first ever Orangutan SSP Husbandry Course will be take place on August 16, prior to the workshop to celebrate its 10th anniversary, and will have a separate registration fee. Download the registration form for this standalone course and register by the June 15 deadline. Questions about the course can be directed to Erin Jones.

Avian Egg Incubation Workshop
Hosted by ABQ Biopark, Albuquerque, NM: September 19 - 22, 2016

Please see the flyer for more details, or contact Keith Crow.

Otter Keeper Workshop
Hosted by Buffalo Zoo, Buffalo, NY: October 1 - 5, 2016

Please see the workshop's website for more information, or contact David Hamilton.

Giraffe Care Workshop
Hosted by Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs, CO: October 10 - 14, 2016

The workshop will be a hands-on, exciting new way to learn about giraffes. While there will be some lecture material throughout the week, most of the time will be spent allowing attendees the chance to gain valuable experience participating in round-table discussions, hoof trimming demonstrations, operant conditioning techniques, and more. Download the application to register - applications are due April 30, 2016. The course will include a maximum of 30 attendees. Please see the website for more details, or email Amy Schilz with any questions. 


Graduate/Professional Training: Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation
Front Royal, Virginia, USA

Visit the website or email for more details about each course, course costs, and credits earned.

Upcoming Courses:
Species Monitoring & Conservation: Terrestrial Mammals (May 9 - 20, 2016)

2016 International Giraffid Conference
Hosted by Brookfield Zoo: May 9 - 12, 2016

Email for more information.

Felid TAG Mid Year Meeting
Hosted by Denver Zoo: May 17 - 19, 2016

Registration is required on Denver Zoo's event page. A Pre-Visit Zoo Day at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will be hosted on May 14. For more information, please email Jack Jewell.

EAZA Mid-Year Bird TAGs Meeting
Hosted by Lagos Zoo, Portugal: May 18-22, 2016

More information to come.

International Herpetological Symposium
Hosted by the Saint Louis Zoo: June 22 - 25, 2016

Click here for registration, vendor opportunities, speaker information, and grant application.

Field Herpetology of the Southwest
Hosted by Southwestern Research Station (SWRS) Portal, Arizona, July 22 - 31, 2016

Deadline for applications is May 22, 2016. Click here or contact SWRS for more information.

Orangutan SSP Meeting
Hosted by Henry Vilas Zoo, Madison, WI: August 15

This meeting will take place before the Orangutan Husbandry Workshop listed previously on this page. It will be closed except to all except SSP members.

Chimpanzees in Context
Hosted by Lincoln Park Zoo: August 18 – 20, 2016

Chimpanzees in Context will precede the joint International Primatological Society congress and American Society of Primatologists meeting (IPS/ASP August 21 – 27, 2016), also to be hosted by Lincoln Park Zoo.

Click here for information and to register. Follow updates on the event here.

9th International Penguin Congress
Cape Town, South Africa: September 5 - 9, 2016

Visit the congress website for more information.Email Lauren Waller with any questions.

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