Not everyone has the opportunity to study a zookeeping course with a brick-and-mortar institution such as a university or community college. Fortunately, the options for online study are improving every day so if this approach appeals to you, do some research and find the online zookeeper course that is right for you and your career path. Here are some suggestions to get you started.
This online zookeeper course gives you an introduction to the core basics of zookeeping, such as animal care, welfare, diet, enrichment, captive breeding and enclosure design. It even dips into topics like conservation and a zookeeper’s role in educating the public. [read more…]
This vertebrate zoology course is intended for people already working with animals who want to take their knowledge of vertebrates to the next level. It delves into classification and the different characteristics of the various groups of vertebrates, plus animal ecology, morphology and more.[read more…]
If you love the ocean and the creatures in it, a marine studies course might be more your kettle of fish (pun totally intended!). While some principles of caring for marine life are the same as they are for all captive animals, some are very different, so it pays to have a solid understanding of the basics going in. [read more…]
This particular wildlife management course focuses more on the management of wild populations and their habitat, so if you see your career heading in the direction of managing parks and reserves at some point in the future, this might be a good one to help you keep your options open. [read more…]
This course leans more towards the ecology side of things, so if you’re just as interested in plants as you are in animals, this could be a good one to give you an overall understanding of basics such as classification, taxonomy, ecosystems, food webs, population dynamics and nutrient cycles. [read more…]
One of the reasons many of us become zookeepers is because we’re passionate about conservation, and the more you know, the bigger the difference you can make. A grounded understanding of modern conservation practices will benefit your career on multiple levels, not the least of which is being able to knowledgeably converse with the public about the changes we all need to make in our daily lives. [read more…]
This course approaches conservation from the broader viewpoint of ecosystems as a whole. You’ll start by learning the basics of ecology, and finish up with topics like how to combat habitat degradation, invasive species etc. [read more…]
An understanding of animal behaviour and the factors that influence it is a must for all keepers, especially those keen to get into animal training. In fact, the sort of information covered in this course is invaluable for pretty much any animal-related career. [read more…]
Breeding programs are a vital part of the work zoos do, and an interesting area to specialise in as you move up the ranks. Because this course covers pets, farm animals, wildlife and more, it’s another good one for helping you get employment in a related field until your local zoo has a vacancy for you. [read more…]
Not that long ago, it was hard enough to find a way to study zookeeping in any format at all, let alone online. There are more and more options out there now for online zookeeper courses, which means it’s easier than ever to give your zookeeping career a boost in the right direction.