Principles of Program Animal Management

November 13-18, 2017
Crowne Plaza Clayton
St. Louis, MO

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.

Course Objectives

Participants will come away with a battery of information on all aspects of managing a program animal collection including:  

  • Creating a program animal policy for your institution
  • Training staff and volunteers to handle animals 
  • Creating a Program Animal Collection Plan
  • Creating and utilize Training Plans
  • Creating and utilize Training Logs
  • Creating and utilize Animal Training Progress Forms
  • Creating a Program Animal Enrichment Program
  • Creating and utilize enrichment forms
  • Recording and tracking program animal enrichment
  • Interfacing between departments 
  • Tracking program animal use hours and how to manage 
  • Managing and developing staff 
  • Interpretation
  • Volunteer management
  • Principles of operant conditioning
  • Program animal health management 

Instructors 

Emily Insalaco, Curator of Behavioral Programs  - Denver Zoo 
Luis Padilla, Veterinarian - Saint Louis Zoo
Alice Seyfried, Curator for Children's Zoo - St. Louis Zoo
Brenda Walkenhorst, Director of Education/Volunteers - Audubon Zoo

Is this course right for you?

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.

Prerequisites

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.

Course Registration & Travel

Tuition & Expenses*

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:
$1000 for AZA Individual Members
$1100 for Non-members
Early bird registration deadline: 12 weeks prior to course start date

Regular Rates:
$1100 for AZA Individual Members
$1200 for Non-members
Final Registration deadline: 4 weeks prior to course start date

*Prices are subject to change

Accepted forms of payment for registration are by: credit card, check or purchase order. Interested individuals will be able to view further details and register for the course from this page starting in late spring 2017. 

Travel and Accommodations

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.

 

Questions?

For additional details please contact the AZA Professional Development Department 


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