This course is designed for ambassador animal coordinators and managers; education staff who utilize animal ambassadors within their programs; ambassador animal and interpretive keepers; and museum professionals who handle live animals.
Participants will come away with a battery of information on all aspects of managing ambassador animal collection including:
Creating an ambassador animal policy for your institution
Training staff and volunteers to handle animals
Creating an Ambassador Animal Collection Plan
Creating and utilize Training Plans
Creating and utilize Training Logs
Creating and utilize Animal Training Progress Forms
Creating an Ambassador Animal Enrichment Program
Creating and utilize enrichment forms
Recording and tracking ambassador animal enrichment
Interfacing between departments
Tracking ambassador animal use hours and how to manage
Managing and developing staff
Principles of operant conditioning
Program animal health management
- Student registration
- Opening evening ceremony
- Courses meet for individual opening session/class
- Classes meet all-day
- Classes meet
- Closing Ceremony
Attendance is required for course participants for the duration of the course until the evening of the last day. As a result, individuals generally depart the following day. Attendees will receive a detailed schedule for their course after their registration is confirmed.
Nicki Boyd, Associate Curator of Behavioral Husbandry - San Diego Zoo
Jimmy Johnson, Head Veterinarian - Denver Zoo
Jacqueline Menish, Curator of Behavioral Husbandry - Nashville Zoo, Inc.
Debra Swank, Training and Trends Coordinator - Akron Zoological Park
None. Priority will be given to individuals associated with AZA-accredited institutions. International applicants and those not affiliated with an AZA-accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis; please submit a letter describing your intended benefit from taking this course.
San Diego International Airport (SAN) is about 20 minutes from the Hotel. Course participants stay at the designated hotel and classes meet on-site.
Hotel information will be available soon.
Please wait until you are admitted into the course before making your reservations. You will receive an email containing detailed information regarding your accommodations and transportation once you are admitted.
For information regarding our code of conduct, registration, and refund policies, please visit our Professional Development Course Policies page.
Questions? For additional details please contact the AZA Professional Development Department.