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

Weekdays, October 24 – November 10, 2022

The Detroit Zoological Society is pleased to offer a virtual session of the “From Good Care to Great Welfare” workshop. Participants will improve their understanding of animals’ perspectives and experiences, explore the challenges captivity imposes on animal welfare and develop the skills necessary to assess and improve the overall well-being of zoo and aquarium animals. The virtual workshop is designed so animal care professionals can integrate this learning experience into their already busy schedules. Course activities will occur weekdays from October 24 to November 10, with 1-2 hours a day online in group lectures and discussions, in addition to independent work.

In Week One, participants will explore critical topics, including the animal’s point of view, the distinction between care and welfare, the five domains, indicators of welfare, the AZA standard and institutional welfare assessment strategies. In Week Two, participants will develop independent studies to monitor the welfare of animals at their home institutions, as they learn how to collect and analyze data. In the final week, participants will refine these monitoring studies through individual consultations and class discussions.

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 Aquaria) and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

Registration is $350 on or before September 30 and increases to $400 on October 1, 2022. 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.