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2020 ACZM Exam Prep Course goes Virtual!


The American College of Zoological Medicine’s Education Committee in conjunction with the North Carolina State University Office of Continuing Education is proud to offer the Exam Preparation and Study Course in a completely virtual format!


Who Should Take this Course?

Any veterinarian 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 in-depth, up-to-date, literature-based review lectures in zoological medicine.  The exam preparation and study course is administered and instructed by ACZM Diplomates and other specialists. The 2020 ACZM Exam Prep Course offerings will provide for 9 RACE CE credits for those in attendance. 

What Does the Course Include?

The course, delivered via Zoom, reviews the outline of the ACZM examination including structure, grading, and study strategies. In depth topic reviews are presented by ACZM Diplomates, many of which currently serve on the Exam Committee and have recently passed the ACZM Examination themselves.  Mock examination questions are presented to facilitate preparation for the ACZM Exam and Examination and Credentialling Committee members will be available in a special Q & A lunch session to answer questions! Zoom links to the course (software is free), lecture notes and recordings of the lectures will be provided to the attendees however, Race CE credits (9) will only be available after the completion of the course for those veterinarians in attendance to the live lectures.

How Do I Register?

The cost of this course is $150/person, open to veterinarians and registration is open through October 2nd.


The link for the registration: Register Here
(This link will route you to the North Carolina State University 
Continuing Education website)

Overall Course Description and Schedule: 

The ACZM Exam Preparation and Study Course
will be held
the weekend of

Saturday, October 3rd (9am – 6:15pm EST) - Sunday, October 4th (9am – 2pm)


Saturday, October 3

9am - 10am:  Introductions, ACZM Exam Overview, Study strategies 

                  Olivia A. Petritz, DVM, DACZM


10am - 11am: Review of avian viral diseases

                  Olivia A. Petritz, DVM, DACZM


11:10 - 12:10pm: Ungulate nutrition: Browsers vs Grazers

                  Julie Swenson, DVM, DACZM


12:10 - 1pm: Lunch break – Optional Q+A session with members of ACZM credentialing + Exam committee members


1pm - 2pm: Exotic Companion Mammal Jeopardy

                  Miranda Sadar, DVM, DACZM


2:10 - 3:10pm: Amphibian Medicine

                  Jenessa Gjeltema, DVM, DACZM


3:30 - 4:30pm: Avian Pediatrics

                  Meg Sutherland-Smith, DVM, DACZM


4:45 - 6:15pm: Mock exams (there will be short breaks in between exams)


Sunday, October 4

9am - 10am: Ophidiomycosis in captive and free-living snakes

                  Amanda Guthrie, DVM, DACZM, DECZM (ZHM), MRCVS


10:10am - 11:10am: Fundamentals of Stingray Medicine

                  James G. Johnson III, DVM, MS, CertAqV, DACZM


11:20am - 12:20pm: General Principles of Primate Medicine

                  James G. Johnson III, DVM, MS, CertAqV, DACZM


12:45pm - 1:45pm: How to glean potential ACZM questions from anesthesia articles     

                  Matthew E. Kinney, DVM, DACZM


1:45 - 2pm: Course wrap up – Q+A session

Who do I contact for additional information? 

For more information on registration or the course itself, please contact:


Dr. Olivia Petritz (