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Upcoming Professional Development

Behavioral Husbandry Best Practices for Your Animal Welfare Program - AZA Learn
Date: January 30, 2024
Location: Virtual
Description: Advances in zoo and aquarium professional standards have resulted in the need to better develop animal welfare programs that include animal behavior. Behavioral husbandry has evolved significantly over the last two decades and these programs must be integrated into an animal welfare program. In this course, we discuss a holistic approach to animal welfare.

2023 Annual Conference REWIND - Ongoing
Date: May 30, 2024
Location: Virtual
Description: View content, including General Sessions and select Concurrent Sessions, presented during the in-person Conference, Sept 12-14.

Effective Leadership: Foundation & Development - Fall 2024
Date: October 6 — 11, 2024
Location: Hyatt Place Columbus
Description: Effective Leadership: Foundation & Development focuses on building foundations for effective leadership while supporting the front line, or individuals who want to elevate into a leadership role, or individuals who want to grow within their leadership role.

Animal Welfare: Evidence-Based Management - 2024
Date: October 13 — 18, 2024
Location: Brookfield Zoo Chicago
Description: Animal Welfare: Evidence-Based Management is a facility-based course that includes hands-on experience learning about the science of animal welfare and the application of skills and knowledge for an evidence-based animal welfare management program. This course helps participants builds the skills necessary to implement an evidence-based management program to ensure high levels of animal welfare.

Creating Successful Exhibits - 2024
Date: November 11 — 16, 2024
Location: Baltimore, MD
Description: Creating Successful Exhibits provides an integrated overview of a team-based exhibit development process. The course follows the phases of an exhibit project from the formation of the team, through concept planning, design and construction, to operation, in chronological order of the tasks. Full attention is given to techniques that improve an exhibit's impact on visitors.

Principles of Ambassador Animal Management - 2024
Date: November 11 — 16, 2024
Location: Baltimore, MD
Description: This course exposes students to the range of opportunities for ambassador animal use and provides students with the knowledge to effectively develop and manage formalized programs utilizing animal ambassadors. By focusing on a range of methods, rather a single "recommended" approach, students will be better prepared to develop an approach that fits their institution's mission and philosophy.

Managing Animal Enrichment and Training Programs - 2024
Date: November 13 — 17, 2024
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans
Description: Managing Animal Enrichment and Training Programs provides students with the tools and skills needed to set up and manage a successful enrichment and training program that meets AZA accreditation standards. While some time will be spent on the concepts of training and enrichment, this course is not a workshop to develop enrichment ideas or learn animal training skills.