Two-Year Programs

Alamance Community College

A.A.S. Animal Care & Management Technology
P.O. Box 8000
Graham, NC 27253-8000
(336) 506-4385

Program Contact: Christine Remington, Department Head –

The A.A.S. degree in Animal Care and Management Technology focuses on cultivating caring, educated, and experienced employees in a wide variety of animal related fields including exotic animal husbandry. With a broad base of knowledge including habitat design, sanitation, nutrition, healthcare, principles of behavior and training, and animal handling and restraint grounded in hours of service learning projects, rigorous competencies, and cooperative work experiences, students exemplify the education, compassion & skill of captive animal care and management.

A.A.S. Animal Care & Management Technology Curriculum

America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College

Exotic Animal Management and Training Program (EATM)
Moorpark College
7075 Campus Road
Moorpark, CA 93021
(805) 378-1441

Students may earn an A.S. degree by taking general education courses alongside their zoo curriculum and they can earn degrees and certificates in Animal Training, and Wildlife Education. This is an intense program and EATM students are required to attend classes, work with and care for the animals, and work at the campus zoo most days and weekends.

Davidson County Community College

A.A.S. Zoo & Aquarium Science
P.O. Box 1287
Lexington, NC 27293-1287
(336) 249-8186

Program Contacts
Jill Simpson
336.249.8186, ext. 6231

Mark Stevens
336.249.8186, ext. 6737

The Zoo & Aquarium Science program combines a rigorous classroom curriculum with extensive co-opexperiences over 5 semesters. Graduates of the Zoo & Aquarium Science program will be prepared for employment at an entry level in the zoo and/or aquarium profession or to continue their academic studies in zoo science. Co-op experiences may involve animal collections in a zoological park, wild animal safari park university research facility and/or aquarium setting.

Harcum College

A.S. in Animal Center Management
Harcum College
750 Montgomery Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
(610) 525-4100

Program Director: Mary Friday
(610) 526-6108

Animal Center Managers provide managerial support to veterinarians in clinics and hospitals, biological research settings, animal control, humane organizations, zoos and educational facilities. Management duties include both the facility and its personnel. Animal Center Managers must complete a 2-year educational program, and 250 hours of practical experience.

Jefferson Community College, Watertown, New York

A.A.S. Degree in Animal management
1220 Coffeen St.
Watertown, NY 13601

Program Director: Mark D. Irwin, D.V.M.
Admissions Office, (315) 786-2277

The Animal Management Program at Jefferson Community College is designed to provide students with the basic skills, experience and knowledge required for a career as a progressive zoo keeper in zoological parks. Upon graduation with this Associate in Applied Sciences degree, students will have been exposed to all aspects of zoo animal management and care. Students will study at many of the zoos of New York State and Southern Canada. Hands-on keeping experience is provided at Syracuse’s Rosamond Gifford Zoo (AZA) and The New York State Zoo at Thompson Park.

Syracuse’s Rosamond Gifford Zoo

The New York State Zoo at Thompson Park

Niagara County Community College

A.A.S. in Animal Management
3111 Saunders Settlement Rd.
Sanborn, NY 14132

Buffalo Zoo

300 Parkside Ave
Buffalo, N.Y. 14214-1999

Pikes Peak Community College

A.A.S. in Zoo Keeping Technology
5675 S. Academy Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80906 USA
(800) 456-6847 | (719) 576-7711

Program Coordinator: Tracey Anderson
(719) 650-0472 or (719) 502-3443

The program is a two-year degree in which students complete 675 hours of hands on training through required internships. The program is 75 credit hours. In addition to the practical application, students are trained in animal husbandry, exhibitry, safety, veterinary care, horticulture, public relations, career development, and environmental science. The program also offers electives such as elephant management, animal training, advanced exhibitry techniques, primate studies and adventures in zoo design.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Santa Fe College

A.S. in Zoo Technology
3000 N.W. 83rd Street
Gainesville, FL 32606

Linda Asbell
(352) 395-5604

The Zoo Animal Technology Program at Santa Fe Community College was the first program of its kind, and the first to offer a great combination of academic classes and hands on experiences in the animal fields. Students in the program will complete a 74 credit hour course of study over five semesters, including academic classes on all animal groups, animal nutrition, animal breeding, as well as visitor education. In addition to the academic classes the students will work in the Teaching Zoo (an AZA accredited facility) for over 1800 hours. This training enables students to find employment in a variety of fields including zookeeping, park naturalist, zoo education, animal technician and a host of other animal husbandry fields. Four-year programs are also available in cooperation with State University of New York at Oswego, Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, and University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida. Please contact Linda Asbell (above) for cooperative information.

Portland Community College

A.A.S. in Biology and Management of Zoo Animals
Rock Creek Campus
17705 NW Springville Rd
Portland, Oregon 97229
Faculty Department Chair: Joyce Kaplan
(971) 722-7688

This is a two-year full time program that will open for admissions in Fall of 2012 in conjunction with the Oregon Zoo and Oregon National Primate Research Center.  The coursework in planning includes over 1000 internship hours as well as a wide variety of courses critical for modern zoological management.  For more information:,html.