Brief History of the Zoo Animal Technology Program – A Unique Program
Santa Fe College’s Zoo Animal Technology Program is the premier wild animal technology program in the United States. To facilitate the training of animal professionals, Santa Fe College (SF) has its own fully operating zoo, the SF Teaching Zoo, which is located on SF’s Northwest campus. It has been in existence since 1970 and at its current location on the Northwest Campus since 1972.
Set in a naturally wooded environment, the 10 acre Teaching Zoo is a fully functioning zoo with a diverse collection of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Supervised by the professional staff of the Teaching Zoo, the students get hands-on experience in every aspect of wild animal care, from daily care, habitat construction, zoo maintenance to working with the public.
The zoo is open to the public seven days a week and is visited by over 50,000 guests each year. As a part of the training, students are required to participate in weekend and holiday work as well as working between semesters.
The Zoo Animal Technology Program is a five (consecutive) semester technical program that offers a wide range of practical instruction and clinical experiences leading to the Associate of Science Degree (AS) in Zoo Animal Technology. The program’s curriculum is a series of sequenntial courses based on required professional competencies.