Presented by Iron Oak Canyon Ranch's Animal Care Academy, this segment of our Animal Care series of clinics and classes will focus on reducing personal risks while working with animals. No animal is completely safe, and every day on the job opens zookeepers up to personal risks, from disease to injury. We’ve all heard of the keepers that have gotten injured or worse because they forgot to latch a gate, or lock a lock. Don’t let that keeper be you.
In this class, you will learn common pitfalls and personal techniques to keep yourself, your animals, and your coworkers safer. While there is never any guarantee of complete safety, small changes to personal habits can mean the difference between an average day at work and an awful one. By forming good habits now, you will prepare yourself for a career of safe choices.
This course is taught by ranch owner Lessa Ritzma, whose previous career credits include zookeeper, informal science educator, and exotic animal trainer performing in animal shows, along with over twenty years of horse experience.
This is a hands-off, live demonstration and lecture class. An animal may participate for demonstration purposes. All participants will qualify for the Safety and Risk Reduction credit for Iron Oak Canyon Ranch's Animal Care certificate. The Animal Care certificate core courses must be taken in order, with the exception of the Basics of Husbandry courses, which may be taken at any time.
$40 per participant for 1.5-hour class. Limit 15 participants. Weather permitting.
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