Zoo & Aquarium Science
Do you want to become a zookeeper or aquarist? Do you dream of working with carnivores, primates, marine mammals or other exotic wildlife? If so, our Certificate Program in Zoo and Aquarium Science is for you! Our program takes a comprehensive approach to the management and care of zoo animals.
Your training will allow you to:
Obtain a position as a zoo keeper or aquarist
Learn to safely handle and train wildlife
Train animals to voluntarily participate in procedures
Design new exhibits and housing
Create a behavioral enrichment programs
Manage breeding programs to promote health & genetic diversity
Create proper diets based on sound nutrition
Minimize the risk of disease transmission
Create engaging educational programs
Build conservation programs that foster good stewardship
And much, much more!
The Zoo & Aquarium Science certificate requires the completion of five online courses (15 academic credits) and a field requirement consisting of 40 hours of hands-on experience as an employee, intern or volunteer at an approved institution of your choice.
Choose one elective:
ABI 222 Animal Enrichment
ABI 233 Animal Training
ABI 251 Behavior & Training of Marine Mammals
ABI 281 Avian Training
ABI 291 Carnivore Training & Behavior
ABI 378 Primate Behavior & Enrichment
ABI 142 Environmental Education & Outreach
ABI 221 Husbandry & Record Keeping
ABI 242 Exotic Animal Management & Conservation
ABI 311 Animal Nutrition, Health & Disease
Upon graduation, students will earn their certificate and may begin using the designation CZASP, Certified Zoo & Aquarium Science Professional. Most graduates go on to obtain positions as zoo keepers or environmental educators. Others work as nutritionists, animal trainers, aquarists or curators. The field of animal care and service workers, which includes zoo keepers and animal trainers, is expected to grow at 15% over the next decade.* But competition for zoo positions will remain keen in the future; let ABI give you the competitive advantage you need to succeed!
Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA)
The Animal Behavior Institute is one of the select institutions to be chosen as a Learning Partner of the AZA. The professional ties between our two organizations allow you to use many of the courses offered by ABI as electives in the Professional Development Certificates offered by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. Please visit our ABI-AZA Learning Partners site for more information.
American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK)
The Animal Behavior Institute is proud to be an institutional member of the American Association of Zoo Keepers. We support their mission of fostering professional education among zoo keepers and ultimately global conservation & stewardship.
Students at the Animal Behavior Institute participate in a highly interactive online classroom, engaging in regular dialog with their professors and student colleagues. You'll receive feedback each week, completing collaborative projects while working with your own animals. This collaboration, coupled with the weekly mentoring each student receives from their instructors, ensures that you will receive a very personal education.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
(maximum of 12)