Immobilization and Anesthesia for the Care of Managed and Free-living Wildlife Species.

Learn reliable, safe, and effective techniques for the species you work with and the scenarios you encounter!

This training provides the most complete, up-to-date instruction available on chemical immobilization of animals, presented in an easy-to-understand manner that is applicable to all experience levels. The instructors are veterinarians and biologists who specialize in remotely-delivered anesthetic agents. This program, which has historically been considered by many to be the standard in chemical immobilization training, is now part of San Diego Zoo Global Academy.


Due to COVID-19, in-person Safe Capture training events are being postponed to a later date.  We are developing a distance learning training program for Safe Capture and several on-line events are being planned for the near future.  Please contact us via the form below if you would like to explore this comprehensive training solution for yourself or your institution.


On-line distance learning events are now available!

Please contact us via the form below if you are interested in registering for these events.

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
College of Natural Resources Event*
October 17-18, 2020

(*You do not need to be a student of UWSP to register for this event.)


Registration will soon be available for the following training events in 2020:

CONNECTICUT (Bridgeport): Chemical Immobilization
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
November 19-20, 2020


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The San Diego Zoo Global Academy's Safe Capture program is pleased to bring our training to colleges and universities! Click here to contact us if you are interested in having a Safe Capture training event at your institution.



  • Injectable and inhalant techniques.
  • Proper injection sites.
  • Remote-delivery equipment and technology.
  • Advantages and disadvantages of commercially available darting systems.
  • Techniques and field modifications to ensure accuracy and consistency.

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  • How to recognize, prevent, and treat immobilization-related medical emergencies.
  • Strategies and techniques to minimize stress during capture and handling.
  • Training and conditioning techniques to facilitate animal handling, examination, and sample collection without the use of drugs.


  • Drug and dosage recommendations.
  • Proper use of super-concentrated drugs.
  • How to re-dose if immobilization is incomplete.


  • Personnel and public safety considerations.
  • Handling accidental human exposure to immobilizing drugs.


  • Record keeping and legal considerations, including DEA, AMDUCA, IACUC.



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Dr. Mark Drew

Mark Drew received a Masters degree in Zoology from the University of Edmonton in Alberta in 1984, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1987 from the University of Minnesota.  After a 2 year residency in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine at University of California- Davis, Mark spent 2 years in the Zoological Medicine Section at UC-Davis and then 2 years with the California Department of Fish and Game.  After 6 years teaching Exotic Animal Medicine and Reproduction at Texas A&M University, Mark now serves as the Wildlife Veterinarian for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.  Mark is a Diplomate and past President of the American College of Zoological Medicine and currently is the president of the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians.

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Dr. Ken Waldrup

Dr. Kenneth Waldrup is a regional zoonosis control veterinarian with the Texas Department of State Health Services, and has served as chronic wasting disease (CWD) program supervisor with the Texas Animal Health Commission. Ken received his Ph.D. in veterinary medical science from Texas A&M University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Invermay Agricultural Centre near Dunedin, New Zealand, where he studied wildlife diseases, as well as farmed deer anesthesia and reproduction. A doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM), Ken also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology and a Master of Science degree in veterinary parasitology from Oklahoma State University.

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Dr. Curtis Eng

Dr. Curtis Eng is from Washington, D.C., and is a graduate of Purdue University's School of Veterinary Medicine. After working as the associate veterinarian in a small animal/exotic animal practice, and volunteering at the Lincoln Park Zoo for 7 years, he became the assistant director/staff veterinarian for the Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend, Indiana. This led to a director of animal health and husbandry position at the Phoenix Zoo, and the chief veterinarian position at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. During his zoo career, conservation medicine has been his true passion having been intimately involved with the reintroduction of the Peninsular pronghorn, black footed ferret, Sumatran rhino and California condor. Dr. Eng has also served as the attending veterinarian at a large research chimpanzee facility. He is currently the Director of Clinical Relations and an associate professor at Western University, College of Veterinary Medicine, specializing in zoo, exotic and wildlife medicine. He also serves as the volunteer wildlife and exotic animal veterinarian for the Pasadena Humane Society, and works part time in an exotics-only private practice. He currently fosters birds and reptiles that are looking for good homes.

Kim Delozier

Kim DeLozier

Kim Delozier is a Wildlife Biologist with over 40 years of field experience in chemical capture of free-ranging wildlife, species reintroduction, and large animal nuisance control previously working with Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He currently works with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. His technical skill, as well as his extensive knowledge of wild animal behavior makes Kim the "go to" guy for capturing animals with ultra-sensitive flight behavior in difficult terrain, including lowlight conditions. He has co-authored two books, "Bear in the Back Seat I & II." His first book made the Wall Street Journal's Best-Seller List!


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