Zookeeper Assistant Program
Become an ABC Certified Zookeeper Assistant
Curriculum – What You Will Learn
Here are the 10 stages that every graduate completes:
- Stage 1 – Introduction to Zoos and Zookeeping
- Stage 2 – Exotic Animal Housing and Exhibits
- Stage 3 – Animal Health
- Stage 4 – Zoo Conservation and Breeding Programs
- Stage 5 – Exotic Animal Behaviour, Enrichment and Training
- Stage 6 – Daily Zookeeping Routines and Husbandry
- Stage 7 – Zookeeping Safety
- Stage 8 – Zoo Visitor Education and Relations
- Stage 9 – Building Your Zookeeper Assistant Career
- Stage 10 – Final Exam & Graduation
Meet the Author – Alisa Behar
Meet Kirsten Smith - Co-Author of the Zookeeper Assistant Program
Kirsten Smith has a BS degree in Wildlife Biology and Conservation from Texas Tech University and an MS in Zoo and Aquarium Science from Michigan State University. Her educational experience at Texas Tech included two study trips to Africa and Costa Rica to learn about international conservation policies and research procedures.
Meet Crystallynn Hetlinger – Co-Author of the Zookeeper Assistant Program
Crystallynn Hetlinger was born in Los Angeles county, and spent her childhood travelling between California and Peru. When she graduated high school, she knew she wanted to work with animals for the rest of her life.
As a young adult, she graduated with honors from California Polytechnic University Pomona with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, which she put to use in myriad ways.
Crystallynn now has more than 15 years of animal experience that spans the globe, from laboratory research to enrichment at wildlife rehabilitation centers. Eventually, Crystallynn decided she wanted to help others achieve their goals by sharing what she learned, and settled into a role of writer and educator. In addition to her expert input on ABC’s Zookeeper Assistant Program, she also co-authored ABC’s Cat Training Program.
Meet Courtney Deutsch – Co-Author of the Zookeeper Assistant Program
Affordable Tuition - An Investment in Your Future
Tuition for this program ranges from $2,299.00 to $3,154.02 CAD, depending on the payment options you qualify for. Please contact us directly at 1-800-795-3294 to discuss eligibility requirements and payment arrangements customized to fit your needs.
|Payment Arrangements ($75.00 CAD application fee included below)|
|You Pay||You Save||When you||Payment Method|
||Pay in full by the enrollment deadline – Call us at 800-795-3294 to get the enrollment deadline||Credit card, money order or check|
|$2,608.04 CAD||$545.98 CAD||Pay a $500.00 CAD initial deposit and pay 12 monthly payments of $175.67 CAD||Credit card, money order or check|
|$3,154.02 CAD||–||Pay through a third-party administrator and includes all necessary reporting, invoicing and additional paperwork||Varies|
Available in Every Canadian Province
ABC’s Zookeeper Assistant Program is a viable option for students across Canada.
There are an estimated 100-150 zoos across Canada and numerous sanctuaries and exotic animal rescues as well.
Bring the Classroom to Your Living Room
This is a distance learning program which means you can study from the comfort of your home. The Zookeeper Assistant Program is perfect for working adults and busy people and open enrolment means you can start on the journey to your new career anytime you are ready.
Do What You Love
Working with and helping exotic animals requires dedication and commitment. It can be physically demanding and depending on the animals, it can be dangerous. It can also be incredibly rewarding and for some, the idea of being a part of a team that can actually make a tangible difference in the lives of some of the most remarkable creatures on our planet is a dream come true. We can’t guarantee a job in this or any program we offer. No school can, but this program can give you a strong background and start on what for some will be the journey of their lifetime.
Your career is just a phone call away!
Zookeeper Assistant Course Catalog
The catalog includes general information about the school, the school’s policies and its Mission Statement. Please click here to review the Course Catalog.