Educational Institutions

Animal Training

Appendix: Educational Institutions

Questions To Consider

If you're serious about attending college to pursue a career in animal training or other animal-related career, consider the following questions:

  • Does the college have the program I need to prepare for my career?
  • Is there a zoological park, animal shelter, veterinarian clinic, or pet store I can volunteer or work at while I attend school?
  • Am I willing to move to take advantage of the educational and career opportunities this school offers?
  • How many people that graduate from the program find jobs in animal-related careers?
  • Are there internships available for working with animals?
  • Who is teaching the courses - graduate students or professors?
  • What experience do the instructors have working with animals?
  • How much time do the instructors have to work with me?
  • With the degree program I choose, what are some other career options if I can't find a job working with animals, or decide that I'm no longer interested in working with animals?

Schools & Universities

Here is a partial listing of schools and universities that offer programs that can help students prepare for a zoological park career.

  • Brigham Young University
    Animal Health Technology Program
    Provo, UT 84602
    (801) 378-3042
    Animal Health Technician, also a Bachelor's of Animal Science
  • Colby Community College
    Veterinary Technology Program 
    1255 South Range
    Colby, KS 67701
    (785) 462-3984
  • Colorado Mountain College
    Veterinary Technology Program
    Spring Valley Campus
    3000 Co. Road 114
    Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
    (970) 945-7481
  • Community College of Baltimore
    2901 Liberty Heights Ave.
    Baltimore, MD 21215
    Associate of Science degree in Science Technology, with emphasis on aquariology and zookeeping
  • Cornell University
    Laboratory of Ornithology
    159 Sapsucker Woods Road
    Ithica, NY 14853
    Bird biology; correspondence course seminars in ornithology
  • Emporia State University
    1200 Commercial
    Emporia, KS 66801
    (877) GO-TO-ESU
    Programs in environmental biology and zoology emphasizing handling, care, and feeding; intern opportunities at Emporia and Sedgwick County Zoos
  • Friends University of Wichita
    Sedgwick County Zoo
    Zoo Studies Programs
    Friends University
    Wichita, KS 67213
    (800) 794-6945
    B.S. and M.S. programs with emphasis in Zoo Science, Zoo Management, and Zoo Education; requires 360 hours of practical experience at Sedgwick County Zoo
  • Harcum Junior College
    Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
    (215) 525-4100 ext. 253
    Animal Health Technology; Laboratory Animal Science; Animal Center Management with a practicum at area zoos and wildlife facilities
  • Houston Community College System
    22 Waugh Drive
    Houston, TX 77007
    (713) 718-5059
    Animal Health Management; Pet & Laboratory Animal Management; Ranch and Exotic Animal Management
  • Humboldt State University
    1 Harper Street
    Arcata, CA 95521-8299
    (707) 826-3011
    B.S. and M.S. programs in aquarium sciences
  • Los Angeles Pierce College
    Animal Health Technology Program
    6201 Winnetka Ave.
    Woodland Hills, CA 91371
    (818) 347-0551
  • Michigan State University
    Department of Fisheries & Wildlife
    Natural Resources Building
    East Lansing, MI 48824-1222
    (517) 355-8332
    Courses in zookeeping and aquarium management; flexible programs to allow specialization in captive animal management
  • Moorpark College
    Exotic Animal Training and Management
    7075 Campus Road
    Moorpark, CA 93021
    (805) 378-1400
    Two-and-a-half year program including hands-on experience with campus animal compound earns an Associate of Science degree in Exotic Animal Training and Management.
  • New Orleans Universities
    Research Coordinator
    Audubon Park Zoological Gardens
    P.O. Box 4327
    New Orleans, LA 70178
    (888) 514-4275
    Zoo research courses in anthropology, biology, and psychology
  • Quinnipiac College
    Laboratory Animal Technology Program
    Mt. Carmel Avenue
    Hamden, CT 06518
    (203) 228-5251
  • San Diego Mesa College
    Animal Health Technology Program
    7250 Mesa College Drive
    San Diego, CA 92111
    (619) 388-2600
  • Santa Fe Community College
    Box 1530
    3000 N.W. 83rd Street
    Gainesville, FL 32611
    (352) 395-5000
    A 74-hour program is available to train students in the vocation of Zookeeper, Park Naturalist, Animal Technician, and other husbandry fields; also a four-year program is available in cooperation with State University of New York at Oswego.
  • University of Florida
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    Gainesville, FL 32611
    (352) 392-3261
    Program relating to the health of captive wild animals
  • University of Idaho
    College of Forestry, Wildlife and Range Sciences
    Moscow, ID 83843
    (888) 8-UIDAHO
    Fish and wildlife courses with some orientation toward zookeeping
  • University of Illinois
    Department of Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution
    Urbana, IL 61801
    (217) 351-2224
    Animal caretaker curriculum
  • University of Michigan
    School of Natural Resources
    Dana Building
    430 E. University
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1115
    (734) 764-1817
    Zoo Management and Administration, Landscape Architecture
  • Wayne State University College of Liberal Arts
    Department of Biological Sciences
    Detroit, MI 48202
    (877) WSU-INFO
    Zoo Management Program; directed study courses at the Detroit Zoo