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Upcoming Professional Development

Behavioral Husbandry Best Practices for Your Animal Welfare Program - AZA Learn
Date: January 30, 2024 — 30, 2026
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.

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.

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.