Animal Welfare Workshop
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“From Good Care to Great Welfare” workshop

October 8 - 12, 2018

The Detroit Zoological Society’s Center for Zoo and Aquarium Animal Welfare and Ethics is offering an immersive five-day workshop October 8-12, 2018 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. Participants will learn how to develop and implement animal welfare programs that meet the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' accreditation standards. The workshop is comprised of lectures, discussions, group projects and hands-on exercises at the Detroit Zoo. 

Event Information

Registration includes all lunches, snacks, and two dinners and early registration ends August 17, 2018. Please note that proof of a negative Tb test dated no later than October 12, 2017 must be provided before or on the first day of the workshop.  

  • Early registration: (ends August 17, 2018) $300
  • Late registration: (after August 17, 2018) $350

Please note that no refunds will be provided after September 28, 2018.

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 $124.00 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.


This course is designed for animal care professionals employed by accredited organizations that promote excellent animal welfare, such as those accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, other regional zoo and aquarium accrediting bodies (e.g., Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums, European Association of Zoos and Aquariums) and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.  The From Good Care to Great Welfare Workshop is not open to staff of organizations that exploit animals for profit and those that perpetuate conditions that do not allow individual animals to thrive.  If you are interested in participating in the From Good Care to Great Welfare Workshop, please enter your information in the form provided below.  Individuals selected to participate will be notified within two weeks of submitting their information.

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