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The American College of Zoological Medicine Introductory Workshop

In conjunction with:
2022 International Wildlife Disease Association Conference
Madison, WI, USA

The American College of Zoological Medicine’s Education Committee and Ad Hoc Wildlife Committee will sponsor an introductory workshop at the 70th International Wildlife Disease Association Conference in Madison, WI. This workshop is for veterinarians who may be interested in pursuing board certification in zoological medicine. Free-living wildlife population health is one of the areas of emphasis within ACZM and the workshop will focus on, and feature speakers from, this area. Information on ACZM, the training required to qualify for the examination, examination preparation and format, how to study and how to analyze articles for potential examination questions content will be included. Recognizing that there may be a number of misconceptions and/or some apprehension, there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. This is a full day workshop with refreshment breaks and lunch included, and is approved for 6 CE credits.

The ACZM Introductory Workshop will be held the Sunday before the WDA conference: Sunday, July 24 (8am – 5pm)

What information will be discussed?
A brief introduction to the history and mission of the ACZM, the credentialing process, and an overview of the examination itself will be discussed. Study and test-taking strategies will also be reviewed.

Several review topics will be presented, allowing for discussion time with ACZM-board certified Diplomates. All lectures will be reviews of a topic pertinent to zoological medicine, including the most up-to-date published information within the last five years. Lunch will be provided in addition to coffee breaks, to allow opportunity for networking and sharing experiences/personal study strategies. The final session will provide a mock examination, information on study strategies, and end with a Q and A session.

Who should take this course?
Anyone interested in learning more about the American College of Zoological Medicine, those that are interested in seeking Diplomate status, are in the process of preparing for examination, or any individual who is interested in and can benefit from up-to-date, literature-based review lectures on zoological medicine. This workshop is administered and instructed by ACZM Diplomates and other specialists.

Will this help me prepare for ACZM boards?
YES! The course has been designed by ACZM diplomates, several of whom have served on the ACZM examination committee. Every effort has been made to ensure all information presented is both accurate and boards-relevant material. In addition, this course provides an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues and develop study groups for the examination.

What is the cost?
The cost of this course is $175/person registration.

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The cost includes an electronic version of ACZM information handouts, in-depth lecture materials (notes and power points), lunch on the day of the course, and refreshments.

Who do I contact for additional information?
For more information on registration or the course itself, please contact either:

Dr. Olivia Petritz:

Dr. Dave Jessup:

ACZM Introductory Workshop – SCHEDULE
Lecture titles are subject to change.
WDA Annual Conference
Madison, WI

Sunday, July 24th, 2022

8:30 – 9:30:
-Relevance of ACZM to free-ranging wildlife, purpose of this workshop, David Jessup
-Welcome and Introduction of ACZM, Olivia Petritz
-Credentialing and application process for the ACZM exam
-Exam Structure, Job Task Analysis

Coffee and refreshment break

Applied Epidemiology – Emergency Response, Mike Ziccardi

ACZM free-ranging wildlife focus, A. Justice Allen & Mark Drew


ACZM aquatic species focus, Thierry Work & Dave Jessup

Review of reptile/avian anesthesia and analgesia, Kurt Sladky & Shawna Hawkins

Coffee and refreshment break

How to effectively review journal articles, Olivia Petritz

Mock exam questions, study strategies, Q+A session,     
Course wrap up, CE certificates

Approved for 6 veterinary CE credits by ACZM
Lunch and break refreshments included in course registration

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