Sparsholtâ€™s Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA) is more successful than ever, with latest recruitment numbers showing over 200 zookeepers are studying the Collegeâ€™s specialist course from zoos across the UK and all over the world.
The DMZAA training is a partnership between BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) and Sparsholt College has been training the national and international experts for 15 years. It is a two-year distance learning programme specially designed for people working in a zoo or with an animal collection.
Of the 200 current students, over 50 of Sparsholtâ€™s newest budding keepers came to the College to enjoy a residential week, travelling from zoos in East Anglia, Edinburgh and Dublin, as well as the courseâ€™s first ever recruits from France – Parc des Animals in Auvergne.
Director of ZooÂ Management Studies at the College, Andy Beer was delighted with the recent opportunity for DMZAA students, saying: â€śIt was humbling to hear such positive feedback from students involved in the Sparsholt residential week. The programme contained specialist workshops including: ethics and welfare in zoos, conservation and reintroduction programmes for endangered species, co-ordination of conservation in zoos and the use of plants in enclosures. Also, it was a unique opportunity for zookeepers from far and wide to network and build industry connections for the future.â€ť
For further information on the DMZAA course, please contact Course Director Andy Beer atÂ Andy.Beer@Sparsholt.ac.uk. For further information on the full range of Animal Management courses,Â click here or register to our upcoming Open Day on Saturday 3 February 2018, 10am-2pm.