Zookeeper Training for your Professional Animal Care Career
Cat Tales Zoological Training Center is an internationally recognized, licensed vocational school. The Zookeeper Training Programs are one of a kind in practical instruction and employable skills training. Cat Tales offers a yearlong program divided into two areas of instruction and applied skills. As a student of zoological studies, you will be exposed to the principals that define zookeeping, public relations, leadership and management as well as detailed education regarding the science and care of living beings.
Zoological Technology & Nonprofit Operations Program --Course Overview--
The Zoological Technology Program (Zoo Tech) is designed to develop animal related skills and the supporting people relationships inherent to success in a professional animal care setting. Understanding the backbone and front side of a nonprofit organization is an important part of the program.
Zoo Tech 1.0 is the all-inclusive beginning to understanding people/animal relationships and the role of public relations and teamwork in professional animal care. It is broken down into 2 parts that are taught consecutively. For ease of understanding what is covered in Zoo Tech 1.0, the descriptions are divided into two parts.
Introduction to Zoological Technology and Nonprofit Operations
The Zoo Tech 1.0 course consists of 24 clock hour weeks at 30 hours per week. A minimum of 720 hours of practical internship training is required to complete the Zoo Tech 1.0 course.
In the Zoo Tech 1.0 – Introduction to Zoological Technology instruction and applied skills, students will learn through classes and practical internship training, basic husbandry and management of zoo animals, using the animals located at the Park for illustration of technique. This includes, but is not limited to, safety and emergency protocol, cleaning and maintenance of exhibit and holding areas, sanitation, nutrition, diet preparation, record keeping, behavior observation, animal enrichment, back-up and lead zoo keeping, and related government regulations.
In the Zoo Tech 1.0 – Introduction to Nonprofit Operations instruction and applied skills, students will learn through classes and practical internship training, various aspects of basic nonprofit zoo support and operations including, but not limited to, public relations, fund raising, public education, exhibit and grounds maintenance, construction and horticulture. This training is accomplished on the Park grounds.
Main subjects are taught through a combination of classes and practical internship training throughout the program. The contents of the main subject classes are updated to provide the current standards of the animal care industry, including rules and regulations. Main subjects may vary slightly as current emphasis fluctuates to meet the educational needs of the students. Successful completion of all course subjects is required for advancement.
Leadership in Zoological Technology and Nonprofit Operations
Zoo Tech 2.0 – Leadership in Zoological Technology and Nonprofit Operations Prerequisite Zoo Tech 1.0, or Equivalent Experience (To be determined by the Review and Acceptance Committee)
Zoo Tech 2.0 – Leadership in Zoological Technology and Nonprofit Operations covers more advanced study and implementation of the skills taught in Zoo Tech 1.0 with the concentration on Leadership skills and an introduction to Small Zoo Management. The management skills taught can be utilized in many business applications as the student will learn a comprehensive background to the structure of an animal/people related nonprofit. For ease of understanding what is covered in Zoo Tech 2.0, the descriptions are divided into 2 parts and are taught consecutively.
The Zoo Tech 2.0 course consists of 24 clock-hour weeks at 30 hours per week. A minimum of 720 hours of practical internship training is required to complete the Zoo Tech 2.0 course.
In the Zoo Tech 2.0 – Leadership in Zoological Technology instruction and applied skills, students will learn through classes and practical internship training, professional animal care as a Lead Zoo Keeper. Classes and practical internship training will review instruction covered in Zoo Tech 1.0. Using the animals located at the Park for illustration of technique, students will implement the training of specified animals in operant conditioning in protected and/or free contact. Other areas of instruction and implementation will include, but are not limited to, advanced enrichment, field research, handling and training of program animals used in onsite and off-site conservation education programs, related neonatal and young animal care, geriatric animal concerns, veterinary science, rehabilitation for release, and employment readiness.
In the Zoo Tech 2.0 – Leadership in Nonprofit Operations instruction and applied skills, students will learn through classes and practical internship training, aspects of Zoological Management including, but not limited to, nonprofit fund raising, public education and relations, staffing and scheduling, volunteer training, local, regional and federal regulations, licensing, inspections, acquisition and disposition of the animal collection, advanced record keeping, networking, inventory, zoo science, and emergency protocol.
Successful completion of Zoo Tech 1.0 (or equivalent) and Zoo Tech 2.0 are required for Graduation and to acquire the Certificate of Achievement – Zoological Technology & Nonprofit Operations.
What can Cat Tales Zoological Training Center do for you?
We know what employers are looking for in a zookeeper. We train employable skills.
You need time spent "on the job" to be considered for positions. A college diploma is often not enough.
You have limited funds, college is expensive and there is no guarantee of a job without experience.
Maybe you aren't ready for college or need to know if professional animal care is your career path.
You want training that is specific to your skill level and rate of advancement.
You love animals, want to save endangered species, do or don't want to be a veterinarian, or want a career that is enriching not only for the animals, but yourself.
The opportunity for professional animal care training is limited and competitive. We are a quality option.
We are a safe and structured environment that offers opportunities that are not available elsewhere.
Experience is the best teacher. We offer a dedicated program to provide this experience.
We will assist qualified, dedicated graduates in networking with employers and job placement.
Is Our Zookeeper Program for You?
Love animals and Understand that animal care is hard work and often dirty?
Have good work ethics? (Dependability, punctuality, self-starter, team player)
Like to be around people and show respect with a smile?
Feel you can work in all weather conditions?
Know that Safety is a high priority? (Yours, others, and the animals)
Follow instructions and are willing to learn something new every day?
Realize there will be homework and research along with the day-to-day animal care?
Want professional animal care to be your career or to further your current career?
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