The Florida International Teaching Zoo

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4258 SW 52nd Ter
Bushnell, Florida 33513

(352) 867-7788
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“ A Zoological Association of America Accredited Facility”
The Veterinary staff of the Florida International Teaching Zoo is offering a Zoo Animal Management program with Veterinary Assistant Certification beginning September 2013. The program will consist of academic lectures coupled with hands on experience with the Teaching Zoo animals. Lectures will be held Sunday and Monday nights from 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM at the Teaching Zoo classroom located in Bushnell, Florida. Lab times will be a minimum one day weekly, 9 AM to 5 PM at the Teaching Zoo and one weekend public tour day per month.
Lecture topics include zoo management /husbandry aspects of animals from apes to zebras to eagles to snakes to crocodiles to big cats to giraffes. Lectures will cover animal diseases, husbandry, and nutrition, medical treatment, housing/exhibit design, emergency procedures, anesthesia, sanitation, fecal analysis, public management and others. Graduates will receive certification from Florida Teaching Zoo. Past graduates are currently employed at zoos, wildlife parks, veterinary clinics, wildlife rescue facilities, circuses, and state wildlife/game departments. The tax deductable tuition fee is $1000 per term (4 terms per year). Monthly payment plans may be requested at $350 per month.
Class size is limited to 15 students per year. We believe in more hands- on, intensive and personal instruction with “ way cool” zoo animals than any other Zoo School. Check out the animals on our website.
Due to liability and state restrictions only adults 18 years and older may apply. All applicants must be in good health and free of any zoonotic diseases. Due to the unique nature of work with zoo animals, certain handicap situations are not permissible.
Contact: Dr. Mark D. Wilson, DVM- Teaching Zoo Director- 352-867-7788 for a private zoo tour.

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