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American College of Zoological Medicine Ultra-short Course Announcement

As in previous years, the American College of Zoological Medicine’s Education Committee will sponsor a 1-day ultra-short course in conjunction with the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians 2012 Conference. The annual conference will take place in Oakland, California from October 21st - 26th, 2012. The ACZM Ultra-short Course will be held on Saturday, October 20th, from 8 am to 5 pm.

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 or 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 on zoological medicine. 

The Ultra-short course is administered and instructed by ACZM Diplomates. The Ultra-short course is divided into two main sections:

First Section:  Introduces the attendee to the history and mission of the ACZM, reasons for becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine, how to become eligible to take the ACZM examination, and provide study and test-taking strategy, including a short mock exam. Anyone with a remote interest in becoming eligible or taking the ACZM examination is expected to benefit from this section. This section is particularly useful for people who are not familiar with ACZM and the Diplomate exam.

Second Section:  Consists of lectures intended to cover specific zoological medicine topics in-depth. These lectures are meant to be a thorough review of the literature and help the attendee prepare his/her study strategy and organization of the topics. This course is specifically designed not to overlap with the content covered at the ACZM Short Courses. Anyone interested in in-depth reviews of zoological medicine, including most up-to-date published information would be expected to benefit from this section. This year’s in-depth topics will be announced soon.

The cost of this course is $135/person if registering before September 15th, $150/person if after September 15th or if registering at the meeting. The cost includes an electronic version of ACZM information handouts, in-depth lecture materials and refreshments. Please note that this course will take place on October 20th, prior to the start of the scientific program.

To register and pay online please visit the ACZM website and click on Upcoming Events.

For more information on registration, you can also contact Dr. Hanley at 419-385-5721 or  If not planning on attending the AAZV conference, but still interested in attending the Ultra-short Course, please contact Dr. Hanley directly. If there are not enough registrants by September 15th, the course will be canceled and payments returned. 

The Ultra short-course is held approximately once per year in conjunction with AAZV, WDA, IAAAM or related organizations. For information on other ACZM training opportunities, please visit


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