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.
After completion of the Animal Transport for Animal Care Professionals Course, students will:
Andy Blue, Associate Curator of Mammals - San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Sara Hallager, Curator of Birds - Smithsonian National Zoo
Frank Kohn, Biologist & CITES Policy Specialist - US Fish & Wildlife Service
Rachel Watkins Rogers, Zoo Registrar and Records Coordinator, Zoo Miami
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 email@example.com for consideration.
- Student registration
- Opening evening ceremony
- Class meets all day
- Classes meet
- End-of-Course Field Trip
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.
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:
$725 for AZA Individual Members
$825 for Non-members
Registration deadline: 12 weeks prior to course start date
$825 for AZA Individual Members
$925 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*:
$110+ 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
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