Animal Transport for Animal Care Professionals Virtual Edition

Animal Transport for Animal Care Professionals Virtual Edition

October 15 - November 15, 2021
Twice weekly, 1-3pm ET

Virtual Course Overview

This virtual course covers the theory, concepts, and practical application of animal transport including animal welfare and safety across all taxa. 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 and support improvements to their facility's shipping check list.

This course is designed for teams of up to four individuals from each organization to attend together. For example, a curator, veterinarian, registrar, and keeper from one facility could attend and work together to apply their learnings to all aspects of their organization's transport policies and practices. One paid registration will provide access to the course for up to four from that organization. After an individual is admitted, they will be asked to submit details for others attending as part of their facility team. If more than four people from an organization wish to attend, one paid registration will be required for each team of up to four. 

This course will meet bi-weekly for eight sessions, October 15 through November 15, for 2-hour live course sessions via Zoom. Discussion, homework and other resources between courses will be hosted on Google Classroom. Course sessions will be held 1-3pm ET:

  • Friday, October 15
  • Wednesday, October 20
  • Friday, October 22
  • Wednesday, October 27
  • Thursday, November 4
  • Tuesday, November 9
  • Friday, November 12
  • Monday, November 15

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


Andreas Kaufmann, Managing Director, GoWILD KG (Austria)
Frank Kohn, Biologist & CITES Policy Specialist - US Fish & Wildlife Service
Rachel Watkins Rogers, Retired Zoo Registrar and Records Coordinator

This course will feature numerous guest speakers from a variety of AZA facilities, regulatory agencies, and private sector transport professionals.

Is This Course Right 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.

Course Registration

Staff at AZA Accredited/Certified Facilities*
Early Bird Rate:
 up to 4 weeks prior to course start date
$395 with Individual AZA Membership 
$465 without Qualifying Individual Membership

Regular Rateup to 2 weeks prior to course start date
$465 with Individual AZA Membership 
$535 without Qualifying Individual Membership

Individual Membership must be Professional Affiliate or Professional Fellow to qualify. 

Individuals Not Employed at an AZA-accredited/Certified Facility**
Early Bird Rate:
 up to 4 weeks prior to course start date
$465 with Professional Associate Membership

Regular Rateup to 2 weeks prior to course start date
$535 with Professional Associate Membership

*Prices are subject to change.
**Individual Membership Requirement: Staff from non-AZA accredited facility must have an individual AZA membership to apply and register for an AZA course. 

For information regarding our registration and refund policies, please visit our Professional Development Course Policies page. Accepted forms of payment for registration are by credit card, check, or purchase order. 

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 waitlist email once acceptance decisions are made. 

To register with a check or purchase order
Please email your request to register, specifying the course and the name of whom you would like to register, to the Professional Development Coordinator.
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 a waitlist email once acceptance decisions are made. If you are not admitted into the course from the waitlist, a full refund will be promptly issued.  

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