“From Good Care to Great Welfare”
A Workshop Designed for Animal Care Professionals

October 4-8, 2021

The Detroit Zoological Society’s Center for Zoo and Aquarium Animal Welfare and Ethics is offering an immersive five-day workshop October 4-8, 2021 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 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 before August 6, 2021 and then increases to $400. There are limited registration scholarships available. The registration fee includes all lunches, snacks, and two dinners.

Please note that proof of vaccination for covid-19 is required for participation, as is proof of a negative TB test dated October 8, 2020 or later. If public health reasons necessitate cancellation of the in-person workshop, a virtual workshop will be offered as an optional alternative.

For more information, please email us at [email protected].

Workshop Registration

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.