ZSL Animal Training and Welfare Careers Day

This one-day event is aimed at students aged 13-18 who would like to gain an invaluable insight into the work of zoo professionals that work in animal care, training and welfare.

Students on the course will have the chance to meet zoo behaviour and training experts, animal care specialists and an animal welfare officer. These professionals will not only talk about their work and their careers, but lead students round a carousel of practical activities designed to give a realistic impression of the life and work of zoo professionals and how to achieve this career goal.

Participants will gain an understanding of how ZSL implements behavioural management techniques to improve the welfare of our animals. Students will have the unique chance to construct enrichment items for a specified animal and evaluate their behaviour, witness live training demonstrations and set up a new enclosure taking into account the individual’s needs.


The event has already taken place in 2019, the next event will be in early 2020 at ZSL London Zoo and the date will be confirmed nearer the time.

Tickets cost £120 per student. Tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis and please be aware that they tend to sell quickly.

Once payment has been received, you will be contacted by a member of staff within 5 working days. They will send you a Parental Consent form. Once this has been completed and returned, you will then be sent a confirmation letter to secure your place on the course. Without a completed consent form, your place on the course cannot be confirmed.  Please see terms and conditions for further details. 


Schedule for the day

The full-day event will begin at 10am with arrival and last until 4.30pm. Below is an example schedule of activities for the day, although please be aware that these are subject to change with no notice. Each student will attend each session but they may not be in this order.



Animal Training and Welfare Careers Day

From 10.00

Arrival, name badges and refreshments


Animal Careers Talk


Session 1: The Theory Behind Animal Training


Session 2: Animal Training Practical Demonstration *




Session 3: The Importance of Enrichment for Animal Welfare


Session 4: Welfare Considerations in Animal Management


Summary and Questions


Please note this day does not include contact with live animals. This event is intended to be a learning experience and provides the opportunity to understand more about the roles of animal professionals.

If you know you would like to work with animals but are unsure of which career path to follow, please take a look at our annual Animal Careers Conference, a one-day event which aims to give an overview of the wide range of animal careers available!


Terms and Conditions

Applications to this event will close when all places are full or on the Wednesday before the event, whichever is sooner. Please be aware that places will be filled on a first come, first served basis and do tend to sell out quickly.

Once payment has been taken, refunds cannot be given.

We will aim to acknowledge your application and payment within 5 working days and you will be sent a parental consent/consent form to complete the booking process. 

Please contact zooacademylz@zsl.org to be added to our mailing list for information about this or similar events.

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