Online Training Modules for Animal Program Participants




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Online Training Modules for AZA's Animal Program Participants

The AZA's Conservation & Science Department has put together five online training modules for Animal Program Leaders, Institutional Representatives (IRs), Institutional Liaisons (ILs), and individuals interested in becoming involved in AZA's Animal Programs. These modules provide helpful hints on navigating the AZA website and the Animal Programs Database, and downloading certain documents and contact information. The AZA's Population Management Center has put together online training modules to help Program Leaders manage their populations. These modules provide instructions on utilizing MateRx as a planning tool and sending and receiving studbook data from PopLink. Click on the header for the module that you want to review, which takes you directly to the video. PMCTrack, a web-based database and monitoring system designed to evaluate the outcomes of breeding and transfer recommendations made through SSPs, has also developed online training modules to help IRs navigate PMCTrack to keep track of Wants/Needs and Outcomes Surveys and SSP planning dates. PMCTrack has also developed a module to help Animal Program participants to sort, filter, and download PMCTrack reports. Please check back in the coming months for new modules! 

Animal Program Web Resources

This module will walk you through how to find the Animal Program Handbooks, Program Leader applications, the Program Leader Portal, the Animal Program Vacancies page, and the monthly Animal Programs Update.

How to Navigate the Animal Programs Database

This module will walk you through the Animal Programs Database, and show you how to search for Animal Program pages and documents most efficiently. Also included in the video are the differences between being logged in and being logged out of the AZA website when navigating this database.

How to be an Institutional Representative (IR)

This module will walk you through how to find the Animal Program Handbooks, where you will find more details about Institutional Liaisons (ILs) and Institutional Representatives (IRs). Then the video will discuss in detail about how to find documents through the AZA website, where to find a PDF guide to help you navigate the Animal Programs Database, the Animal Programs Sustainability Designations, and the Animal Programs monthly update.

How to be an Institutional Liaison (IL)

This module will walk you through where to find the Animal Program Handbooks where you will find more details about ILs and IRs. Then the video will discuss how to manage your Institution’s Institutional Representative (or IR) list, including downloading your IR list, removing an IR from a Program and designating a new IR. The video also shows you where to find a PDF guide to help you navigate the Animal Programs Database and IR lists, and where to find the Animal Programs Sustainability Designations.

How to Get Involved in AZA's Animal Programs

This module will walk you through all of the web resources and first steps to becoming involved in AZA’s Animal Programs. Today I will show you how to find the Animal Program Handbooks, Program Leader applications, the Animal Program Vacancies page, the Program Leader Portal, and how to navigate our search Animal Programs Database.

Sending and Receiving Studbooks from PopLink 

Studbook Keepers can use PopLink to track and maintain all the data relevant to an individual species within zoos. Population biologists can use PopLink to store analytical data, the version of the studbook used in the genetic and demographic analyses that management decisions are based on. To learn more about the PopLink software, visit the Population Management Center's website.

Using MateRx

A MateRx is a matrix of genetic ratings for every possible breeding pair in a population which allow managers to quickly discover how the genetic status of animals in their collections compare to the rest of a managed population. This module will help you understand the process of obtaining a MateRx plan for your Animal Program and making management decisions.

PMCTrack for Institutional Representatives (IRs)

Institutional Representatives (IRs) can watch this online module to understand how to navigate PMCTrack, complete Wants/Needs and Outcomes Surveys, and keep up with PMC planning meetings.

PMCTrack Reports *New

This module will help any Animal Program participant to sort, filter, and download PMCTrack reports, and also show how to sort and format the data to get the most out of the reports.