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DATE January 15 - 17, 2019

TIME 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

AGES 21+


Implementing Your Animal Wellness Program

Join us in Denver for an interactive workshop that will cover meeting the AZA Accreditation Standards, building an interdisciplinary animal wellness program, developing assessment tools for all taxa (including those housed in large groups), and improving the interpersonal skills necessary for program success. The workshop will include lectures, group discussions, and interactive activities both in the classroom and out in the zoo.


Target Audience

Staff tasked with the development and/or implementation of an animal wellness program at their zoo or aquarium, including:

Curators and Managers
Keepers and Aquarists


AZA Accreditation
Program Development
Creating Wellness Assessments
Assessing Group-Housed Animals
Staff Training and Buy-In
Whole Life Planning
Resilience Building

Instructor Team

Sharon Joseph, Director of Animal Welfare & Research
Marty MacPhee, Research Associate
Hollie Colahan, VP for Animal Care
Emily Insalaco, Curator of Behavioral Husbandry

Hotel Information

Workshop accommodations will be at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel, located at 3801 Quebec Street, Denver, CO 80207. The room rate is $139 plus tax per night. Reservations can be made by calling 303-399-7500. Please mention the Denver Zoo Animal Wellness Workshop when making your reservation in order to receive the discounted rate.


Participants flying into Denver International Airport will have multiple options for travel to and from the hotel, including train, Uber, taxi, Super Shuttle, rental car, or personal vehicle. The train is very affordable at $9 each way. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the Central Park Train Station. Hotel shuttle service can be obtained by calling the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel at 303-399-7500. Transportation between the hotel and the zoo will be provided each workshop day.

For further questions, please email researchandwelfare@denverzoo.org. To register, please complete the registration form and send to Trudie Wells, twells@denverzoo.org.


Early Bird $350, $400 after December 1, 2018

Registration fee includes three days of instruction, all course materials, breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and one dinner as well as transportation between the hotel and Denver Zoo each workshop day. The workshop can accommodate 20 participants. Registration will be on a first come-first serve basis with preference being given to attendees from AZA-accredited facilities. Spots in the workshop will not be held without both registration and payment. Registrations will not be accepted after January 1, 2019.

To register: Click on the register button below to download, complete the registration form, and send to Trudie Wells (twells@denverzoo.org). Upon receipt of your registration form, you will be sent a link to make your payment. Credit card payments are preferred.

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