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Zoo Animal Welfare and Care for Veterinary Professionals

An online CPD course

Lead your team to excellence in animal care and welfare programs 

Achieve your personal and animal goals & earn CPD points

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High value education at an affordable price

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Earn 20 hours CPD points & a certificate

13 taught & 7 reading/discussion


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Getting zoo animal welfare right

At veterinary school or nursing college, you get a lot of training, but the curriculum does not always specifically teach zoo animal welfare science and practice and there is very limited time dedicated to zoo animals in general. Access to affordable education focusing on zoo animals can be challenging and there is so much information out there so where do you start?

Lack of knowledge in this area leaves you feeling you are not doing your job, you feel that should know it, but you do not, which lowers your confidence in your abilities. It also makes you worry that you are letting the animals down.

While this topic might not always be easy and straight forward, this course guides you through the modules and provides you with the information you need to progress and develop zoo animal welfare programs within your facilities.

"Why do vets need welfare science? Because animals need vets who understand not only what keeps them healthy but also how they feel as they seek to meet their physiological and behavioural needs." - Professor Emeritus John Webster

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Lead your team to excellence in animal care and welfare programs 

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Dr. Ana Salbany - Dubai

This course provides a great opportunity to learn more about animal care and welfare. The simple fact that I will be able to continue to review and access materials is a great thing. I feel no pressure and know I can review and maybe learn a bit more about something I missed the first time and which was important. Thank you for that!

Eefje Egberts - Australia

I have been enjoying this practical course, as it gave clear instructions for implementation, and considered different approaches. It also gave me a sense of direction on how to deepen my knowledge into certain topics even further.

Like you, we care about animal welfare

We know how it feels to have the pressure of time and a huge volume of work to do. We also know the pressure we put on ourselves to provide the best we can for the animals under our care.

Accessing streamlined, affordable, and on-the-go access to curated content with simplified tools and practical resources has never been easier. We combine up-to-date science, case studies, assessment tools, and practical experiences to expand and enhance your ability to develop animal welfare programs. We also highlight the importance of caring for yourself while providing care to others.

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How does this course help me?

We should all be life-long learners, and as veterinary professionals we must continue our professional development. Whether you are a veterinarian, veterinary surgeon, nurse, technician, or student, this course delivers 20 hours of CPD (13 taught & 7 reading/contributing to discussions).

Access streamlined, affordable, and on-the-go access to curated content with simplified tools and practical resources, connect to a global community and interact with experts.

This course provides you the knowledge and you will gain the confidence to lead your team to excellence in animal care and welfare programs.

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Aspects to get right when transferring animals

The Animal Pre-Transfer process is a collaboration between veterinary services and the other relevant animal care professionals, to ensure to collect all necessary information of needs and preferences for the animal(s) who will be moving to their new home.

We have created an extensive checklist that can be used for all species.

This checklist has been assembled by Dr. Sarah Chapman from Chapman Zoo Consultancy and Sabrina Brando MSc from AnimalConcepts. Together they have over 50 years experience working with zoo and aquariums around the world.

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Together we have over 50 years of experience in the animal care and welfare field

Dr. Sarah Chapman

Sarah has been a qualified vet for twenty years working initially in mixed practice where she also worked with exotics and wildlife. She is an experienced zoo veterinary surgeon having worked with mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates in a number of large zoos in the United Kingdom, specialising in large mammals especially great apes, elephants, large carnivores and other hoof stock. In 2016 she became an RCVS recognised specialist in zoo and wildlife medicine having completed her certificate and diploma in this field. She has also completed a Masters in Wild Animal Health working on Gorilla pathology as her dissertation. Sarah is the leader of the health sub-group of the UK Elephant Welfare Group; was the veterinary advisor for the UK Elephant Focus Group and also the Bongo Taxon Advisory Group. She has spent time teaching in China and Romania, speaking at international conferences and in the Cameroon doing veterinary work with rescued primates. She is currently co-director of Chapman Zoo Consultancy providing specialist zoo consultancy services to zoological collections and training to veterinary and zoo professionals. She is an inspector for local authorities with respect to animal welfare and zoo licensing and has undertaken international work including zoo welfare assessments in Thailand, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Her main interests include geriatric animal care and providing optimal welfare for any animal under human care.

Sabrina Brando MSc

Sabrina has a BSc. In Psychology, a MSc in Animal Studies and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Stirling in Scotland on the topic of human wellbeing in relation to caring for animals. Sabrina is a Research Associate with the Smithsonian Institution and a Level 1 Instructor for the international charity ‘The Shape of Enrichment’. She has worked in and with the global zoo and wildlife profession, including zoos, aquariums, wildlife centres and sanctuaries for 28 years. Sabrina completed a Compassion Fatigue Strategies certificate with the University of Florida Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program, and is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator. Dedication to caring for animals and the people who care for them is the core of AnimalConcepts’s philosophy, recognising that the human-animal relationship is essential for the wellbeing of both. Sabrina feels compassion awareness is key in the animal care profession in order for animal care professionals to serve animals and people with compassion and integrity. “My career purpose is to promote positive wellbeing for animals and the people who care for them.” Through AnimalConcepts Sabrina has to date organised over 350 events beside presenting at conferences, consulting for organisations worldwide and active engagement with non-profits through pro bono work. She teaches as a guest lecturer at various universities and colleges as well as many zoos, aquariums and sanctuaries worldwide.

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