SPACES WILL BE LIMITED as PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO THOSE ON THE WAITLIST FROM 2017.
Due to the large wait list from this past year’s course, the ATAG is happy to announce an interim offering of Amphibian Management School (AMS) for February 26 – March 2, 2018, once again hosted by the Detroit Zoo. This hands-on learning experience focuses on the latest in basic husbandry techniques, exhibit design, support for regional conservation programs, and effective conservation messaging in a zoo or aquarium collection. Participants will learn not only about amphibian husbandry, but also how to connect with conservation projects, breeding program management, enrichment basics, amphibian health fundamentals, and more to improve amphibian management at their institutions and impact amphibians globally. Under guidance of the Amphibian Taxon Advisory Group (ATAG), AMS provides knowledge about amphibians and skills for managing these sensitive species in captivity that are essential for anyone working directly with amphibians in a zoo, aquarium, conservation, or research settings. AMS is ideal for novice to moderate amphibian zoo keepers, animal health, research or education staff who need more training on handling and husbandry of amphibians, and representatives of nature centers and natural history museums or science centers with limited amphibian experience. Course includes field trip to look for wild mudpuppies!
For budgeting purposes, course fees are $600 (AZA individual members) or $700 (non-AZA member) if registered by the Early bird date of November 15, 2017. Lodging will be ~$100/night.
Scholarship funding is available through the following competitive processes:
In partnership with Zoo Conservation Outreach Group's (ZCOG) Conservation Training Scholarship Program, AZA's Professional Development Committee is pleased to offer a scholarship for our international zoo, aquarium, and conservation community colleagues. Deadline is 5:00PM EST on July 14th. Instructions at:
The Shark Reef Aquatic Medicine Seminar 2018 is set to go with another fantastic line-up of presenters. Join us in Las Vegas on March 2nd, 3rd, and 4th for three days of information packed presentations centered on practical applications of aquatic medicine in day-to-day situations. The seminar offers a fully "hands-on" wet lab. This is an outstanding opportunity for C.E. credit and offers participants the chance to network and work side-by-side with some of the best aquatic veterinary specialists in the country. For additonal informaton please contact Jack Jewell at 702-632-4560 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wet Lab $75.00
$100.00 Late Fee
Please contact us to register before the end of the year!
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The early bird deadline is already approaching for AZA’s Animal Transport for Animal Care Professionals course this March! Don’t miss out on a chance to register at our most discounted rate. The final day to sign-up for courses at the early bird price is December 12th, 2017.
Animal Transport for Animal Care Professionals course offers comprehensive hands-on activities and discussion on proper animal transport and its repercussions. Participants will learn more about the welfare concerns, regulations, and best practices for transporting a variety of taxa. This course is designed for curators, keepers, aquarists, registrars, and other professionals involved in with transportation of wildlife. Education staff who handle animals or discuss animal training would benefit as well!
Learn more about this opportunity and register at https://www.aza.org/animal-transport-for-animal-care-professionals .
Here's what past participants had to say:
“I really enjoyed the hands-on aspect, and the broad experience and background of the instructors. The variety of perspectives that they brought really made the course what it was.”
“The Animal Transport class was essential in helping our zoo prepare for the [shipment] process. We had several challenges crop up all of which reminded me more than a bit of the [course’s] group project. Thank you for being such an invaluable resource for advice and guidance throughout the yearlong process.”
The purpose of this course is to provide zoo and aquarium staff involved in the daily care of animals with a background and skills necessary to enrich animal environments and to continue to advance enrichment in zoos and aquariums. This 5-day course will include classroom time that provides a historical perspective of environmental enrichment as well as an overview of enrichment concepts, focusing on aspects of the SPIDER framework. Classroom time will also focus on communication skills, using resources wisely, safety, behavioral observation skills, problem solving techniques and other programmatic considerations. In addition to classroom time, selected enrichment concepts and skills will be taught during group activities and individual hands on skill development opportunities. Students will have also have hands-on experience using the SPIDER framework in developing, presenting and evaluating an enrichment initiative to animals housed at the zoo.
The typical students for this course are those involved in the daily care of animals. Keepers and aquarists will find this course particularly useful, as the course provides an understanding of and practice with the skills necessary for animal care staff to create and maintain successful enrichment programs.
To learn more visit https://www.aza.org/environmental-enrichment-in-zoos-and-aquariums-
The AZA Reproductive Management Center (RMC) would like to invite you to the 2018 Crane Fertility Workshop to be held on Saturday, March 24 from 1:00-5:00pm at this year’s AZA Mid-Year Meeting in Jacksonville, FL.
This workshop is sponsored by the RMC in coordination with the Gruiformes TAG and Avian Scientific Advisory Group (ASAG). The goal of this workshop is to increase knowledge of crane reproduction and associated management tools to support population sustainability. This workshop will provide an overview of crane behavior and reproduction, describe useful tools/techniques for promoting or achieving successful reproduction in crane species and offer time for discussion of case studies. Tentatively, the topics include: crane behavior, reproductive biology, capture techniques, how to troubleshoot issues in crane pairs, artificial insemination and sperm binding assays for identifying fertilized eggs. The workshop powerpoints and any supporting materials will be distributed to workshop participants. Participation is limited to 75 people. The workshop is open to everyone; however, preference will be given individuals currently caring for or managing crane species.
Specific questions can be sent to Monica McDonald.
This working meeting features education, networking, and social events with more than 800 zoo and aquarium professionals from across the country. Peer-developed program meetings, roundtables, and workshops in an interactive format challenge attendees to collaborate with one another and promise ample opportunity to learn and discuss issues critical to your institutions.
For more information, visit www.aza.org/midyearmeeting.