Zoo keeping is a hands-on profession. ABES’ Zoo and Aquarium Technology Program is designed to guide both entry-level and practicing zookeepers to awareness of the competencies, skills and attitudes expected of employees. The courses are designed to identify specific competencies, which the zookeeper should be able to identify, assess or perform. The theoretical and factual material obtained by reading and study will be supplemented with practicum courses.
The Zoo Technology Program was designed in response to industry demand for standardized competencies with all animal care teams working in and outside zoo settings. Working in partnership with the Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) and its members, ABES has developed curriculum that is competency-based and available through distance learning options for those working in the industry and those seeking to secure options within zoos or other animal care facilities.