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Upcoming Professional Development

Avian Management, Biology, and Conservation - 2017
Date: February 6 — 12, 2017
Location: Oglebay Resort & Conference Center
Description: Avian Management, Biology and Conservation will enhance your effectiveness as a bird keeper and avian program leader. 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.

Conservation Education: Effective Program Design - 2017
Date: February 6 — 12, 2017
Location: Oglebay Resort & Conference Center
Description: Conservation Education: Effective Program Design provides zoo and aquarium educators with a comprehensive overview of how to design, develop, implement and evaluate education programs and exhibit interpretive elements.

Institutional Records Keeping - 2017
Date: February 6 — 12, 2017
Location: Oglebay Resort & Conference Center
Description: Institutional Records Keeping offers students the theory and mechanics of animal records-keeping and identifies the important role accurate records play in successful animal management not only within the institution but also in regional and global cooperative species management programs.

Managing for Success: Career Development - 2017
Date: February 6 — 12, 2017
Location: Oglebay Resort & Conference Center
Description: Managing for Success: Career Development examines management disciplines with emphasis on their application to zoos and aquariums. Participants will receive practical tools and skills to take back to their institutions to apply at their level, including an increased network of resources and heightened leadership skills.

Managing for Success: Organizational Development - 2017
Date: February 6 — 12, 2017
Location: Oglebay Resort & Conference Center
Description: Managing for Success: Organizational Development prepares new leaders to meet the specific challenges of a leadership role within a zoo or aquarium and the duality of meeting both mission and bottom line. The course addresses ethical, animal welfare and collection issues as well as the techniques and strategies required to lead these unique organizations successfully.

Animal Transport for Animal Care Professionals - 2017
Date: February 28 — March 3, 2017
Location: Zoo Miami
Description: This course covers the theory, concepts, and practical application of animal transport including animal welfare and safety across all taxa. Role-playing of real life shipping scenarios and hands-on crate design and modification create an interactive class experience.

Crocodilian Biology and Captive Management - 2017
Date: April 6 — 13, 2017
Location: St. Augustine Alligator Farm
Description: Crocodilian Biology and Captive Management concentrates on the captive maintenance techniques, husbandry, breeding, and special requirements for the care of crocodiles, caiman, gharials, and alligators in zoos and aquariums.

Best Practices in Animal Keeping - 2017
Date: April 17 — 22, 2017
Location: Buffalo Zoo
Description: Best Practices in Animal Keeping (formerly Advances in Animal Keeping) covers the essentials of animal keeping across all taxa. The course focuses on the very highest standards in animal husbandry, in combination with problem solving, team building and interpersonal skills. You will engage with professional colleagues and apply what you learn back at your home institution.

Animal Welfare: Evidence-Based Management - 2017
Date: April 30 — May 5, 2017
Location: Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo
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.