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Why Choose Zoo Keeping at PPCC?

Zoos are becoming a center for conservation, education and research. Zoo Keeping Technology is designed to prepare students to be zoo keepers and animal care professionals; in many cases helping to support the protection and re-establishment of endangered species. Classes include: training in science foundations, animal husbandry, career development, exhibit and horticulture design, and zoonotic preventative medicine; giving students the background for a career in the animal care field.

What will I study?

By pursuing a Zoo Keeping Technology degree, you will:

  • Learn about protected and endangered species
  • Demonstrate an ability to preform animal husbandry requirements
  • Develop an understanding of animal biology and taxonomy
  • Study the importance of animal conservation programs in captive environments

Zoo Keeping Technology incorporates classwork and two required hands-on internships to help students advance, learn and prepare to work at zoos and other facilities nationwide.

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Example Classes

Studies the importance of animal conservation programs in ex-situ and in-situ environments throughout the world. Discussion of history, current programs and future issues will be covered. Topics will include the relationship between animals and man, zoo conservation programs, extinction issues, and human impact on animal conservation.
Focuses on the phylogenetic study of animals. Includes an introduction to the invertebrates and a concentrated study of the diverse vertebrate forms. Laboratory experiences parallel lecture topics.
Teaches the basics of classical and operant conditioning and the real-world application of shaping animal behavior in a captive setting. Provides the information and tools on how to develop and implement training programs and condition behavior. Concentrates on the utilization of positive reinforcement techniques and troubleshoots training challenges. Explores advances in the use of training during public demonstrations.
Explores the role of the zoo keeper in the veterinary care of captive animals. Examines zoonosis, preventative medicine, animal handling, and assistance during veterinary procedures.
Provides hands-on work experience at an approved animal care facility. Introduces the student to animal care standards as required by the USDA and AWA.

Career Options

A degree in Zoo Keeping Technology provides a variety of opportunities for students who love animals and appreciate a world that values wildlife and their habitat. Careers include:

  • Zoo Keeper
  • Animal Trainer
  • Exhibit Design Technician
  • Aquarist
  • Animal Handler

Careers in Zoo Keeping

What are graduates doing now?

Students who have graduated from this program are working with zoos, aquariums, wildlife rehabilitation centers, humane societies and Division of Wildlife facilities.

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Featured Faculty

Kris Gates

Department Chair

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