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2014 Association Zoo Veterinary Technicians Focus Group

Mar 10 - Mar 13, 2014Santa Rosa, CA

The Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians (AZVT; RACE Provider #639) is proud to partner with Safari West ( in presenting The Inaugural AZVT Focus Group: The Art and Science of Hand-Rearing, which is being held March 10-13, 2014 at Safari West, 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.


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

American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) CE will be available for both Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians:

Maximum CE available for Veterinarians:  13.25 hours

Maximum CE available for Veterinary Technicians:  16.75 hours

To register, visit the Safari West Wildlife Foundation website (  Registration closes March 1, 2014. 


This program was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 13.25 hours of continuing education for Veterinarians and 16.75 hours of continuing education for Veterinary Technicians.  Participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education.  Please contact the AAVSB RACE program if you have any comments/concerns regarding this program’s validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession.