This course is designed for program animal managers and coordinators; education staff who utilize program animals; program 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 a program animal collection including:
Alice Seyfried, Fred Saigh Curator of the Children’s Zoo - Saint Louis Zoo
Jimmy Johnson, Staff Veterinarian - Zoo Miami
Brenda Walkenhorst, Director of Education Projects - Audubon Nature Institute
Nicki Boyd, Behavioral Husbandry Manager - San Diego Zoo
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.
Lambert Saint Louis International Airport (STL) is the closest airport.The hotel provides free airport shuttle service and is also accessible via MetroLink.
Course participants stay at Clayton Plaza in St. Louis, Missouri and classes meet on-site.
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.
Please note, these rates are higher than other course offerings because they include course registration, as well as breakfasts, lunches, break service, and two dinners during the course. The hotel rate in St. Louis will be $110 plus taxes per room per night, with no surcharge for double occupancy. The overall resulting cost to participants will be similar compared to other less-inclusive courses.
Scholarship funding for courses is available through a competitive process. AZA scholarship applications are due by mid-July and are awarded by early September.
Early Bird Rates:
$1100 for AZA Individual Members
$1200 for Non-members
Early bird registration deadline: 12 weeks prior to course start date
$1200 for AZA Individual Members
$1300 for Non-members
Final Registration deadline: 4 weeks prior to course start date
For information regarding our registration and refund policies, please visit our Professional Development Course Policies page.
To register with a credit card
You may now register and pay online with a credit card! Non-members can log in too, after creating a free account. After logging in, choose "Professional Development" from the menu on the left. Next, click on the title of the event for which you would like to register. Finally, choose "Event Registration" from the options at the top and complete the registration process. When registering online, there is no need to submit the registration form. You will receive an acceptance email or wait list email once acceptance decisions are made.
To register with a check or purchase order
Download the PPAM Course Registration form and return by mail with check or purchase order. Checks sent for course payment will be cashed immediately upon receipt as per standard business practices. Cashing your check does not indicate that you have been accepted into a course. You will receive an acceptance email or wait list email once acceptance decisions are made.
Questions? For additional details please contact the AZA Professional Development Department