Animal Transport for Animal Care Professionals

Hosted by Zoo Miami
Miami, FL
March 4 - 8, 2019

This course covers the theory, concepts, and practical application of animal transport including animal welfare and safety across all taxa. Role-playing of real life shipping scenarios and hands-on crate design and modification create an interactive class experience. Current domestic and international regulatory and legal requirements and guidance will be discussed, as well as best practices for transport. This course provides students with exposure to the philosophies and regulations that will help shape the future of animal transport. 

Course Objectives

After completion of the Animal Transport for Animal Care Professionals Course, students will:

  • Be able to apply best practices when transporting wildlife in a variety of situations
  • Understand the regulatory, methodological, and logistical aspects of transport
  • Understand the basics of transport including the basic physiological changes that animals may experience during transport
  • Understand the importance of planning in animal transport transportation and the types of preparation required
  • Understand general approaches to transport of common zoo animals
  • Have a network of experienced professionals from which to seek additional guidance and offer new ideas to improve on existing practices


Andy Blue, Campus Director - San Diego Humane Society
Andreas Kaufmann, Managing Director, GoWILD KG (Austria)
Frank Kohn, Biologist & CITES Policy Specialist - US Fish & Wildlife Service
Rachel Watkins Rogers, Zoo Registrar and Records Coordinator, Zoo Miami

Is This Course for You?

This course is designed for curators, collection managers, directors, registrars, keepers, airline personnel, road transporters, and other zoo and animal care professionals involved with transportation logistics of wildlife. Education staff who handle animals and their transport may benefit as well. 


None. Priority will be given to AZA members, but volunteers and private animal trainers are welcome to attend. 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 to for consideration.

Course Schedule  

First Day
 - Student registration
 - Opening evening ceremony

- Class meets all day

Last Day
- Class meets
- Closing Reception

Attendance for course participants for the duration of the course until the afternoon of the last day. As a result, individuals generally depart later that evening or the following day. Attendees will receive a detailed schedule for their course after their registration is confirmed.  

Course Travel & Registration 

Travel & Accommodations 

Miami International Airport (MIA) is the closest airport. Course participants will stay at a designated hotel downtown and are transported to Zoo Miami for class each day. 

Tuition & Expenses*

The AZA registration fee below covers tuition and lunches for each day of the course. Other expenses include hotel, travel, and other meals. Registration prices are subject to change. 
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:
$825 for AZA Individual Members
$925 for Non-members
Registration deadline: 12 weeks prior to course start date

Regular Rates:
$925 for AZA Individual Members
$1025 for Non-members 
Final registration deadline: 4 weeks prior to course start date 

Accepted forms of payment for registration are by: credit card, check or purchase order. 

General Hotel Pricing*:
$139+ One/Two Queen Bed(s)

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. Admission emails are sent approximately three months prior to the course.

*Prices are subject to change  

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.

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