ZOO KEEPER COURSE –Distance Learning Course

By: ACS Distance Education  07/08/2013
Keywords: Distance learning, correspondence courses, distance education

There are 9 lessons in this course: 1. Lesson Structure • There are 9 lessons in this course: • 1. The Nature and Scope of Zoos • • What is a Zoo? • • The Evolution of Zoos • • Change in Zoo Design • • Modern Zoos, Fauna Sanctuaries and Safari Parks • • Legislation and Codes of Practice • • Animal Welfare • • Record Keeping • • Identification Tags • • Animal Taxonomy • • Phylums and Classes • • The Function of Zoos - Conservation, Research and Education 2. 2. Occupational Health and Safety in Zoos • • Workplace Health & Safety • • Legislation • • Health and Safety Management in Zoos • • Training • • Workplace Health and Safety Practices • • Personal Protective Equipment PPE • • Moving Animals within the Zoo • • Restraining Animals • • Carrying out Veterinary Procedures • • Managing Visitor-Animal Contact 3. 3. Captive Husbandry – Nutrition and Feeding • • Nutrition - Natural Diet • • Feeding Behaviour • • The Effect of Poor Nutrition • • Water Requirements of Animals • • Essential Dietary Components - Carbohydrates, Protein, Fats and Lipids • • Vitamins and Minerals - In food and Supplementing captive diets • • Food Storage and Preparation • • Presentation of Food • • Monitoring Feeding • • Feeding Enrichment • • Primates and Feeding Enrichment 4. 4. Captive Husbandry - Health • • Monitoring Health - The Healthy Animal, Recognising Ill Health and Diagnosing Diseases • • Maintaining Health and Hygiene • • Diseases - Metabolic Diseases, Parasites, Diseases Common to Zoo Animals, Controlling the Spread of Diseases • • Quarantine and Vaccinations • • Record Keeping 5. 5. Captive Husbandry - Reproduction • • The Need for Captive Breeding • • Goals of Captive Breeding • • Captive Breeding Issues • • Inbreeding in Captive Populations - the Genetic Effects and Results of Inbreeding • • Captive Breeding Programs - Issues and Constraints • • Monitoring Reproductive Status - External Signs and Indicators, Invasive Monitoring • • Assisted Reproduction - Artificial Insemination and IVF • • Stud Books • • Birth Control in Zoo Animals 6. 6. Captive Husbandry - Behaviour and Enrichment • • Ethology • • What Motivates Behaviour? • • Kinds of Behaviour - Reactive, Active and Cognitive • • Learned Behaviour - Classical Conditioning, Operant Conditioning, Imprinting and Habituation • • The Flight or Fight Response • • Abnormal Behaviours - eg. Stereotypes • • Welfare Indicators • • Physical and Social Influences on Behaviour • • Behaviour Management • • Environmental Enrichment - Food, Physical, Cognitive, Social and Sensory 7. 7. Human-Animal Interactions • • Human - Animal Interactions in Zoos • • Keeper - Animal Interactions • • Husbandry Routines - Daily, Weekly and Monthly • • Dealing with Dangerous Animals • • Handling Animals • • Fear of Humans • • Managing Visitor - Animal Interactions 8. 8. Enclosure Design and Maintenance • • Optimum Enclosure Design • • Walk Through Enclosures - eg. Butterfly Houses and Aviaries • • Natural Replication • • Routine Maintenance • • Providing Stimulating Environments - Physical, Feeding, Sensory and Social Enrichment 9. 9. Problem-based Learning Project – Environmental Enrichment • • Environmental Enrichment Research Project • • Introduction and Definition of Problem-based Learning • • Problem Definition • • People Involved • • Resources • • Guidelines • • Discussion • • Final Report Find out more at http://www.acsedu.co.uk/Courses/Agriculture/ZOO-KEEPER-COURSE-BEN208-702.aspx Or email us at [email protected] for more information

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