Animal Welfare Workshop
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Immersive Five-day Workshop

October 2 - 6, 2017

The Detroit Zoological Society’s Center for Zoo Animal Welfare and Ethics is offering an immersive five-day workshop October 2-6, 2017 for professionals working with and around captive animals. The workshop is designed to help participants better understand animals’ perspectives and experiences, address the challenges captivity imposes on animal welfare, and develop the skills necessary to assess and improve overall well-being.  The workshop is comprised of lectures, discussions, group projects and hands-on exercises in the Zoo. 

Registration includes all lunches, snacks, and two dinners.  Please note that a Tb test dated no later than October 6, 2016 must be provided before or on the first day of the workshop.  This five-day workshop will include lectures, discussions, small group projects, demonstrations and multiple hands-on opportunities in the animal environments at the Detroit Zoo.


The workshop will take place in the Ford Education Center located on the grounds of the Detroit Zoo.


Registration fees include all workshop activities, snacks, lunches, and two dinners.

  • Early registration: (ends August 11, 2017) $250
  • Late registration: (after August 11, 2017) $300


Please note that no refunds will be provided after September 20, 2017. 

Registration Scholarship

We have limited scholarships available that cover the cost of registration. The deadline for submitting an application is July 22, 2017. If interested, please contact us at

Tb Test Required

Please note that a Tb test dated no later than October 6, 2016 must be provided before or on the first day of the workshop. 

Send in Tb test via email, mail, or fax

  • Mail: Detroit Zoological Society - c/o Dr. Stephanie Allard, Director of Animal Welfare - 8450 W. 10 Mile Road - Royal Oak, Michigan 48067
  • Email:
  • Fax: (248) 691-4194 - Attention to: Dr. Stephanie Allard


Hotel Information

We have made accommodations available for workshop participants at The Somerset Inn located at 2601 West Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI 48084

You can make reservations by calling (248) 643-7800 or (800) 228-8769 or online at

The room rate is $119.00 plus tax per night, which includes a full breakfast daily.  If you wish to claim tax exemption, please provide your institution’s tax ID number at the time of reservation.  Please mention that you are with the Detroit Zoo Welfare Workshop when making your reservation to receive the discounted rate.  Additional hotel information can be found at

Transportation will be provided daily between the hotel and Zoo.