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

October 7 - 11, 2019

The Detroit Zoological Society’s Center for Zoo and Aquarium Animal Welfare and Ethics is offering an immersive five-day workshop October 7-11, 2019 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 to develop and implement animal welfare programs that meet the AZA accreditation standards. The workshop is comprised of lectures, discussions, group projects and hands-on exercises at the Detroit 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 and 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. 

Registration is $350 through August 19, 2019 and late registration is $400. Limited registration scholarships are available, the deadline for which is May 31, 2019. Please contact us at [email protected] for more information.

Hotel Information

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Place Detroit/Royal Oak for $134 (+ tax) per night. This rate includes a breakfast buffet and high-speed internet access. The hotel will honor tax-exempt status with proof of tax-exemption, please let the hotel know when making your reservation. 

To book online, please use the following link:


To book by phone, please call the hotel front desk directly at 248-545-7030 or Hyatt Reservations at 888-492-8847 and identify yourself as a Detroit Zoo Group guest.

The group rate will be available until 12:01a.m. on September 15th, 2019. After this date, the group rate will not be guaranteed. 


To apply for registration consideration, use the form below. Applicants will be notified of the status of their request within two weeks of submitting their information.