Zoo Technology Program Recognized by AMZAP
Published: March 07, 2022
Jefferson Community College’s (JCC) Zoo Technology Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program has been designated an academic support organization of the Association of Minority Zoo & Aquarium Professionals (AMZAP).
AMZAP is group of minority zoo professionals that includes all ethnic and racial minorities and disciplines and work toward animal care and conservation. AMZAP objectives are to build a sense of community amongst minorities currently working in the zoo field and to promote animal care and conservation careers as viable options for interested minorities. AMZAP defines the zoo field as accredited zoos, aquariums and exotic wildlife facilities such as sanctuaries and wild animal parks.
One of only six zoo technology programs in the country, JCC’s degree program may be completed in two years of full-time study. Upon successful completion of the program, students will have accrued 500 hours of applied in-zoo learning and interaction with domestic and exotic zoo animals. Students work alongside zookeepers, veterinarians, curators, educators and administrators, and complete internships – of their choice - as far away as Alaska and Arizona. The Zoo Technology curriculum includes animal care and management, fundamental principles of animal husbandry, exhibitry, terminology, zoo record keeping and regulations, and communication courses. Graduates of JCC’s Zoo Technology program are prepared for entry-level positions at zoos, aquariums, national parks and more.
Applying to JCC is free online. JCC offers on-campus student housing and more than 80% of enrolled students receive financial aid. Learn more about academic programs at JCC here.
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