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Zoo Keeping Technology

Zoo Keeping Technology Pikes Peak State College

Degree Type: Associate of Applied Science Degree, AAS, Certificate, CER

Pathway: Science, Engineering and Math

More Options: Classroom Based

Program Length: 4 Semesters

Location: Centennial, Other Off-Campus Location

Transferability: Transferable

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PPSC's Zoo Keeping Technology program is designed to prepare you for a career in caring for animals. In many cases, you will help support the protection and re-establishment of endangered species. Classes such as animal husbandry, exhibit and horticulture design, and zoonotic preventative medicine will give students the background necessary for a career in the animal care field. Graduates can expect to find employment with zoos, animal conservation preserves, humane societies, the Division of Wildlife, and aquariums.

What do PPSC Zoo Keeping Technology students study?
By pursuing a Zoo Keeping Technology degree, you will:
  • Learn about protected and endangered species
  • Demonstrate an ability to preform animal husbandry requirements
  • Develop an understanding of animal biology and taxonomy
  • Study the importance of animal conservation programs in captive environments
Zoo Keeping Technology incorporates classwork and two required, hands-on internships to help students advance, learn, and prepare to work at zoos and other facilities nationwide.

What are graduates doing now?
Students who have graduated from this program are working with zoos, aquariums, wildlife rehabilitation centers, humane societies and Division of Wildlife facilities.

What Can I do with a Degree in Zoo Keeping Technology

A degree in Zoo Keeping Technology allows graduates to work in a variety of fields in the animal-care industry. Students go on to work in zoos, aquariums, wildlife rehabilitation centers, humane societies and Division of Wildlife facilities.

Qualities of a Zoo Keeper
  • No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch balance, and ability of movement that might interfere with ability to work
  • Ability to adjust to changing situations as needs dictate
  • Passion for working with animals
  • Physical strength, including the ability to frequently move fifty pounds
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment that may include gloves, steel-toed footwear, face shields, eye goggles, and dust masks
  • No allergy related to plants or animals that would impede work
  • Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time
  • Working in a variety of weather conditions, weekends, and holidays
  • Work in small, confined spaces

Want to find out if this program is for you? Explore potential careers on the web at America's Career InfoNet or the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Zoo Keeping Technology Classes You Might Take

Here are some classes you could take here at PPSC
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Teaches the basics of classical and operant conditioning and the real-world application of shaping animal behavior in a captive setting. Provides the information and tools on how to develop and implement training programs and condition behavior. Concentrates on the utilization of positive reinforcement techniques and troubleshoots training challenges. Explores advances in the use of training during public demonstrations.

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Introduces concepts relating to the conservation of the natural world. This course examines biodiversity and the relationships between animals and their environment. This course explores the environmental, political, economic, and sociological issues relating to the loss of biodiversity on the planet as well as efforts in place to be implemented by zoos and conservation organizations to counter those effects.

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Covers zoonotic preventative medicine and veterinary zookeeping concepts and techniques. Supplies a working knowledge of a keeper’s role in exotic animal care and medicine, including the importance of nutrition. This course introduces common diseases and parasites that affect a variety of exotic animals as well as how to treat and prevent those illnesses.

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Provides hands-on work experience at an approved animal care facility. Introduces the student to animal care standards as required by the USDA and AWA. Student will become competent in the care of the animals studied within each internship. Requires a 2.8 GPA.

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Focuses on the phylogenetic study of animals. Includes an introduction to the invertebrates and a concentrated study of the diverse vertebrate forms. Laboratory experiences parallel lecture topics.

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Upon completion of the Zoo Keeping Technology degree program, students should be able to:

  • Determine the science behind animal care, including basic biology and natural history of diverse taxa, based upon their taxonomical organization
  • Design a public interpretation program based on research of an assigned animal regarding natural history, biology, captive housing, and conservation
  • Evaluate animal welfare through daily observations and husbandry care
  • Select and apply proper tool use for assigned task
  • Demonstrate oral, non-verbal, and written communication skills


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  • Your personalized schedule will be best determined by meeting with an Academic Advisor
  • Math Requirements: Students should place into MAT 1140
  • English Requirements: Students should place into ENG 1021

Covers material designed for career and technical students who need to study particular mathematical topics. Topics include measurement, algebra, geometry, statistics, and graphs. These are presented at an introductory level and the emphasis is on applications.

Emphasizes the planning, writing, and revising of compositions, including the development of critical and logical thinking skills. This course includes a wide variety of compositions that stress analytical, evaluative, and persuasive/argumentative writing.

Provides communication and interpretation training for those required to interpret natural resource data about historical characters and times for the public. The course focuses on experiential skill development in the area of educational interpretation including, but not limited to, in-class and on-site interpretation of historical, geological, zoological, and other environmental topics and sites. It also stresses the preparation of educational presentations aimed at all levels of learners from pre- K through mature adulthood using various presentation techniques including, but not limited to, visual aids, props, dramatic performance, and puppetry.

Introduces the study of animals and their interactions with the environment. This course includes principles of evolution, taxonomy, phylogeny, morphology, behavior and ecology. It includes the study of animal diversity, emphasizing the characteristics and classifications of major phyla. The loss of biodiversity and conservation will also be covered.

Introduces the basic concepts of ecology and the relationship between environmental problems and biological systems. This course includes interdisciplinary discussions on biology, chemistry, geology, energy, natural resources, pollution, and environmental protection. A holistic approach is used when analyzing how the foundations of natural sciences interconnect with the environment.

Introduces the science utilized in the field of animal management. Incorporates terminology, protocols and procedures, governing bodies, career development, and dealing with public relations. This course examines the taxonomic hierarchy of how the natural world is arranged and how various taxon are organized in the scientific community.


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