AZA offers many conferences and professional development courses. Or search for offerings throughout the greater zoo and aquarium community, such as animal program events and workshops.
AZA members, including accredited, certified related, commercial, and conservation partner members, are eligible to submit relevant events to be added to the calendar using this form.
Join us in Denver for an interactive workshop that will cover meeting the AZA Accreditation Standards, building an interdisciplinary animal wellness program, developing assessment tools for all taxa (including those housed in large groups), and improving the interpersonal skills necessary for program success. The workshop will include lectures, group discussions, and interactive activities both in the classroom and out in the zoo.
There are a few spots remaining in this workshop, and Early Bird registration ends on December 1! Please see this flyer for workshop information and instructions on registering. Note: if workshop response warrants, Denver Zoo will offer a second session later in 2019.
The Houston Zoo will be holding two Artificial Incubation Workshops. Registration and hotel information coming soon! Please note that this workshop has two sessions to choose from:
January 20-24, 2019 or
January 29-February 1, 2019
See this flyer for details.
Please see this flyer for details.
The International Rhino Keeper Association invites you to join us at our 2019 Rhino Keeper Workshop (RKW) at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. As the leading international network connecting rhino keepers, the goal of this meeting is to promote professional expertise to develop and share the best practices for managed rhino care and contribute to conservation. For more information, please visit https://www.rhinokeeperassociation.org/.
Early Registration: September 22nd
Scholarships: October 1st
Call for Papers: December 1st
The course, led by Instructors Mark Kingston Jones and Margaret Whittaker, is split between presentation and practical components. Presentation topics include animal welfare and comprehensive enrichment overview, and practical components include behavioral problem solving activities, rope splicing workshop, and working in groups to brainstorm, design, build, and implement enrichment ideas for the animals at Moody Gardens.
During this two and a half day workshop, hear from a panel of industry experts as they discuss innovative training techniques and showcase live training demonstrations. For more information, visit: http://sazoo.org/trainingworkshop/.
Avian Management, Biology and Conservation will enhance your effectiveness as a bird keeper and avian program leader. A major goal of the class is to teach critical thinking techniques that lead to informed decisions regarding the future of avian collections. Students will be given a variety of tools, techniques and best practices to provide a foundation for understanding and meeting current challenges in avian management. Early Bird Registration is available until November 19, 2018. Please visit the course page for more information.
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. Course includes field trip to look for wild mudpuppies! For more information, visit: https://detroitzoo.org/h/ams-2019.
Early bird registration deadline: November 15, 2018
Final registration deadline: January 11, 2019
The 2019 Shark Reef Aquatic Medicine Seminar, held in Las Vegas from March 1-3, 2019, will feature another fantastic line-up of 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. A full list of presenters can be found here, and you contact Jack Jewell for additional information or to register.
Four days fully dedicated to feline medicine with a special focus on all aspects of reproduction and assisted reproduction. For more information, refer to this flyer.
Save the date for Octopus Conservation at the Seattle Aquarium. Registration available in December 2018.
For more information, please visit http://www.internationalherpetologicalsymposium.com/
Learn about the care and conservation of New World Primates at this husbandry workshop, hosted by Buttonwood Park Zoo on September 30-October 4, 2019. See here for more information; additional details will follow.