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Upcoming Professional Development

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.

Principles of Aquarium Husbandry, Design and Leadership - 2017
Date: October 1 — 6, 2017
Location: Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo
Description: This course will help aquarists build their husbandry, design and leadership skills to advance both their career and institution. Students will experience a blend of lectures, group discussions, question and answer sessions, behind the scenes tours, and hands-on activities. This interactive class involvement also yields rich opportunities for networking with colleagues.

Animal Training Applications in Zoo & Aquarium Settings - 2017
Date: October 8 — 13, 2017
Location: Denver Zoo
Description: Animal Training Applications provides zoo and aquarium staff with a background in training theory and an understanding of the skills necessary to train animals. It includes a historical perspective of animal training as well as terminology and an overview of training techniques.

Managing Animal Enrichment & Training Programs - 2017
Date: October 8 — 13, 2017
Location: Denver Zoo
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. This course focuses on developing the components of a successful program and learning the leadership skills needed to successfully implement that program.