Courses and Certifications Offered by The USZA

Certified Handler Program

With the United States Zoological Association's certified handler program you, your staff and/or volunteers can become a Certified Handler of various species. There is a two (2) year minimum requirement of verifiable hands on experience with a USDA licensed facility and a certificate of completion of the USZA's eight (8) hour husbandry course in order to complete this certified handler program.

Certified Handler Courses Are Offered For The Following Species

  • Large Carnivores
  • Omnivores
  • Herbivores
  • Exotic Birds
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Small Mammals
  • Nonhuman Primates
  • Hoof Stock

All Certified Handler Courses Include

  • Dietary Requirements
  • Proper Caging and Environment
  • Enclosures and Safety Features
  • Capture and Restraint
  • Safe Transport
  • Basic Health Care
  • Enrichment
  • Emergency Protocols/Safety

The next class will be at the end of winter and will be held in Oklahoma. The fee for the course is $100 per person for a 3 day full species certification. Class will include partial accomodations and or camping/RV hook ups.

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