Monday, July 7, 2014

Zoo Licensing for Zoo Keepers and Managers

Zoo and Wildlife Solutions Training Courses 2014

Zoo Licensing for Zoo Keepers and Managers

21st  and 22nd  July 2014 – Chessington World of Adventures

£95 +VAT for BIAZA Members and £125 +VAT for Non-Members
(includes drinks but not lunch available at canteen in zoo)

This training course will provide participants with a full understanding of zoo licensing. The course describes the law and what is required by licensed zoos, explains the licensing and enforcement process and provides in depth insight into what inspectors are looking for and how to prove your zoo complies with the requirements of the Secretary of Sates Standards of
Modern Zoo Practice. This is a highly interactive course based on small group exercises and practical tasks in the zoo.

Day 1
9.30 – Arrivals and Introductions

10.00 – The Zoo Licensing Act (1981) – Matt Hartley
Summary of the legislation including dispensations, powers of inspection and roles and responsibilities of the inspectors and the local authority. How to gain a new licence or modify your existing one.

11.00 – Small Group Exercise 1

11.15 - Coffee

11.30 – Conservation, Education and Research – Matt Hartley
Statutory requirements for conservation, education and research.

12.00 – Small Group Exercise 2

12.30 - Lunch

1.15 – Visitor Experience, Animal Contact and Zoonoses – Matt Hartley
Covering the requirement regarding visitors in the zoo.

2.00 - Small Group Exercise 3 - in the Zoo Assessing the Visitor
Experience and Public Safety Practical exercise in the zoo undertaking a mock inspection – will you identify the same issues as the zoo inspectors or will you find additional ones. Marc
Boardman Chessington Zoo Manager will be on hand to discuss his last inspection and how he has addressed the recommendations and conditions on his licence.

3.30 – Tea
 3.45 – Zoo Management – Matt Hartley
Review of the aspects of zoo management under focus – staff competence, staff training, firearms and escapes, record keeping etc.

4.30 - Small Group Exercise 4

5.00 – Discussion Session

Day 2
9.30 - Animal Husbandry, Welfare and Ethics and Animal Health - Matt Hartley
How to inspectors assess animal husbandry, welfare and animal health at a one off ‘spot check’ ? What evidence should you provide and how can you present your zoo in the best light ?

10.00 – Health and Safety – Marc Boardman
Elements of Health and Safety are included in the zoo licensing act – Marc explains how he manages Health and Safety at Chessington and how he has worked with the local authority to manage launching the new zoofari attraction.

10.30 – Working with your Local Authority – the zoos perspective – Marc Boardman
Marc provides a zoo operators perspective of zoo licensing and explains how he has turned the process into opportunity for staff training and development and why he has been commended by inspectors unique approach to inspections which made it a positive experience for everyone.

11.00 – Coffee

11.30 – Small Group Exercise 5 – Mock Inspection in the Zoo
A second exercise in the zoo – you will be escorted by a Chessington Keeper to undertake a mock inspection in areas of the zoo. We will come back and discuss your findings and how you would address any issues raised.

1.00– Lunch

1.45 – Enforcing the Zoo Licensing Act – Matt Hartley
What happens when conditions are needed ? What is a Direction Order ? Can the Local Authority close your zoo down. What are the aspects of the ZLA which you can get a criminal record for ? Matt shares his experiences of zoos gone bad !

2.30 – Small Group Exercise 6

3.15 - Tea

3.45- Final discussion session

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