Penny Hounsome

Penny Hounsome

Curriculum Leader – Zoo Animal Studies

I am so proud to be associated with these developments for real keeper/aquarist training and to be helping the vocation I love so much. The zoo and aquarium world has a vital part to play in the fight against the environmental emergency we now face, so training staff on the ground who know this well, is a crucial and enormous part of this effort for animals and the planet.

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Douglas Richardson

Douglas Richardson

BIAZA Vice-Chair - Zoological Consultant

Having been one of the individuals that pushed ABWAK and subsequently the Zoo Federation, now BIAZA, to establish a formal zoo keepers’ training course back in the late 1970s, zoo keeper and aquarist training has always been a subject that has been close to my heart.  I qualified myself back in the mid-1980s and now I teach part of the course, focusing on welfare and ethics, and so I have an enormous sense of pride in the small role I have played and seen the early version of the zoo animal management course evolve into DMZAA, a course that is used not just in the UK and Ireland, but in some rather more remote parts of the world.

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Raymond Robinson

Raymond Robinson

International Assessor for DMZAA

As the year 1 international assessor for DMZAA, right from its inception enrolling students from outside the United Kingdom and Ireland, it has been my immense pleasure to watch current and former students develop their skills and career path in the zoo world.

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Angela Potter

Angela Potter

Head of Wildlife, West Midland Safari Park

At West Midland Safari Park, we value the DMZAA above all other qualifications. As an internationally recognised course within the Zoo industry we find it designed specifically for our keepers and relevant in their day to day roles.

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Hayley Roberts

Hayley Roberts

DMZAA Completer 2018

I really enjoyed DMZAA, I think it gave me a thorough overview of all aspects of zookeeping and built my confidence when applying for new jobs. I particularly enjoyed the lectures in the residential week, and I found that my research for the second year modules helped me to improve the welfare for my animals.I am now in a job which i love and i am using the skills that i have learnt everyday!

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Daisy Fermor

Daisy Fermor

DMZAA Student 2017 – 2019

Partaking in the DMZAA course allowed me to learn so much about areas of zoo management that I had no experience in. As well as learning about the management of species that I had never worked with. It broadened my understanding of the industry and opened my eyes to things I had not considered before. The residential week was a fantastic opportunity to hear speakers from the zookeeping industry with decades of experience in various fields. The ethics and welfare discussion in particular, opened my eyes to so much and changed the way I view my job, for that I’m very grateful.

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Jo Diston

Jo Diston

Qualified Keeper at Wild Place Project

The DMZAA qualification has given me an insight into the different aspects of zoo keeping and has helped me learn, research and write assignments into the variety of species  that are available on the course.

I enjoyed being able to meet new people from the zoo community which I have kept in contact with and to share my experiences with. I also had lots of support throughout the course and felt I could ask questions all the way through.

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