Students will learn the basics of animal welfare as a science, including its definition, some of the history of animal welfare law, and the significant differences between animal welfare and animal rights.
Fundamentals of Animal Learning
Working with San Diego Zoo experts, you will learn about animal behavior and how to apply this knowledge to improve animal care and management in a way that standardizes recording and management of this behavior.
Regulations and Inspection Readiness
Be a part of ensuring that your zoological organization meets the rigorous government standards necessary for its operations by learning basic regulations and inspection-readiness practices.
Working Safely with Dangerous Animals
You will discover the industry standards for keeper training and safety when working with dangerous species.
West Nile virus, swine flu, avian flu: zoonotic diseases are a real and present danger whose spread can be prevented through the application of basic disease prevention skills.
Is your park prepared for the next disaster? This course will help you be better prepared for an emergency situation including the most common catastrophes, fires and floods.
Elephant Management Practices
Learn from San Diego Zoo Global animal behavior experts how to manage elephants in a modern trust- based system.
This course is designed to help animal care workers and others to better understand the role of ethics in their daily professional activity.
Introduction to Enrichment
The class establishes the components of an enrichment program, the approval process, and questions that should be considered before the provision of any enrichment.
Introduction to Nutrition
You will learn about animal nutrition and apply the knowledge gained to solve a dietary challenge facing a San Diego Zoo elephant.
Life Support Systems
Many of the animals exhibited in zoos and aquariums have very specific environmental requirements that must be met. The course will explore the unique requirements of several types of animals.
Operant Conditioning and Behavior Management
You will learn how behavior-management techniques can improve care of animals.
Safe Handling and Restraint
The class focuses on standard techniques for the safe handling and restraint of small mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates, that are most often encountered by animal care workers in their first few years.
Zoological Record Keeping
You will learn the best practices in animal care record keeping including standard abbreviations, animal identification systems, report generation, and a list of record types every accredited facility should maintain.
Harassment Prevention Training
Offering a comprehensive, online harassment prevention course to your employees will result in more appropriate workplace conduct, as well as reduce your company’s liability.
Interpretation Basics: Module 1
For guides, rangers, docents, naturalists, and interpreters. Whatever your job title, Interpretation Module 1 will show you how to apply the interpretive techniques that are most effective for each member of your audience.
Interpretation Basics: Module 2
Interpretation Basics: Module II explores the artistic side of interpretation—the development steps and creative delivery techniques that make interpretive tours, presentations, and visitor interactions relevant, meaningful, and fun.
Interpretation Basics Module 3: Storytelling
Powerful stories are the heart of interpretation. The skills presented in this course will help you select, develop, and deliver message-driven stories that are compelling, enjoyable, meaningful, and memorable.
This series will provide an introduction to a variety of taxonomic groups and individual species, including an overview of physical characteristics, habitat, behavior, reproduction, and conservation efforts.