Animal Training Workshop

Saturday, September 9, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Presented by: Steve Martin, President, Natural Encounters, Inc
Additional $50 fee; Proceeds from the registration fee will be donated to AZA's Conservation Grant Funds

The goals of this workshop are to clarify and refine participants’ understanding and application of training knowledge and skills.  Topics include: Operant learning principals, empowering animals with Choice and Control, giving animals a voice in the training dialog, replacing unwanted behavior with desirable behavior, creating motivation, building trusting relationships, training for husbandry, medical and management procedures, enrichment, producing inspirational educational programs, creating high performance teams, and much more.

Growing Leaders that Rock! Learn the Building Blocks of Successful Leadership

Saturday, September 9, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Workshop Leader: Angie Brown, Director of Human Resources, The Florida Aquarium
Additional $50 fee

In a recent survey by the Professional Development Committee,  Managers and Directors identified coaching, discipline, team development, strategic thinking, creative solutions and time management as necessary skills to have in order to advance your team’s highest initiatives and to be an effective leader.  In this workshop you will learn the building blocks of successful leadership.  Each building block will offer tools and skills which are immediately applicable to these necessary management skills and even more.  This Professional Development Committee hosted workshop will prove valuable in gaining skills which you can use with your team, department and organization.

Animal Care at the End of Life

Saturday, September 9, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Workshop Leaders: Elizabeth Nolan, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACZM, Veterinary Operations Manager, Veterinarian Department of Animal Health, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Additional $25 fee

This workshop will present Disney’s "Animal Care at the End of Life" staff training course, followed by a discussion period on end of life care program development.  The course includes topics such as communication philosophy/processes for end of life decision-making, quality of life assessment toolkits, geriatric animal care considerations (medical, nutritional, husbandry), guidance for staff stress/grief management, and communication strategies for guests on end of life topics.  End of life care can be a challenging and sensitive subject to address; this workshop is designed to provide participants ideas to further develop end of life care programs at their facilities.