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ACZM Exam Preparation and Study Course

American College of Zoological Medicine Exam Preparation and Study Course

In conjunction with:

2017 Conference of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians

Dallas, Texas USA

As in previous years, the American College of Zoological Medicine’s Education Committee will sponsor an exam preparation and study course in conjunction with the Conference of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. As in 2016, there will be no traditional short course offered in 2017. Also similar to last year, the course will be 1.5 days to facilitate additional study material, networking opportunities, and additional mock examinations.

The ACZM Exam Preparation and Study Course will be held the weekend before the AAZV conference:

Saturday, September 23 (8am – 5pm) - Sunday, September 24 (8am – 12pm)


What information will be discussed?  

A brief introduction to the history and mission of the ACZM, the credentialing process, and an overview of the exam itself will be discussed.  Time allowing, study and test-taking strategies will also be reviewed. A special focus will be given to the job task analysis (JTA) which represents an important aspect in examination design. Anyone with any interest in becoming board eligible or taking the ACZM examination would be expected to benefit from this section, especially those not familiar with college and the board examination. 

Several review topics will be presented, allowing for discussion time with ACZM-board certified diplomats. All lectures will be focused in-depth reviews of a topic pertinent to zoological medicine, including the most up-to-date published information within the last five years.  Lunch will be provided in addition to coffee breaks, to allow opportunity for networking and sharing experiences/personal study strategies.  Following the day 1 lectures, a mock multiple-choice, essay, and slide exam will be given and discussed. The day will end with a relaxed get together in a nearby restaurant. The following morning, additional in-depth topics will be presented, with discussion time.

A detailed schedule can be found at the end of this announcement.                                     

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, 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 exam preparation and study course is administered and instructed by ACZM Diplomates and other specialists.

Will this help me prepare for ACZM boards?

YES! The course has been designed by recent ACZM graduates, several of which are current on the ACZM examination committee.  Every effort has been made to ensure all information presented is both accurate and boards-relevant material.  In addition, this course provides an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues and develop study groups for the exam.

What is the cost? 

The cost of this course is $250/person for early registration (until August 6th) and $300/person for late registration.

The link for the registration:

The cost includes an electronic version of ACZM information handouts, in-depth lecture materials, lunch on the first course day, refreshments, and appetizers at a nearby restaurant.


Who do I contact for additional information?

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

Drs. Olivia Petritz (  OR Chris Hanley (

If not planning on attending the AAZV conference, but still interested in attending the course, please contact the above directly.

NOTE: If there are not enough registrants by August 25th, the course will be canceled and payments returned.



September 23-24, 2017

Dallas, TX

In conjunction with the Conference of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians


Saturday: September 23rd

Room: Frisco 4


8:00 – 9:30:     Welcome and Introduction                                                                                     Olivia Petritz

Credentialing and application process for the ACZM exam

Exam Structure, Job Task Analysis

Brief review of study strategies


9:30-10:00: Coffee, refreshment break

10:00-11:30: Captive marine mammal diseases                                                                           Jen Flower

11:30-12.30: Lunch

12:30-2:00: Giraffe, okapi and hippo medicine                                                                 Amanda Guthrie

2:00-3:00: Rabies review                                                                                                             Olivia Petritz

3:00-3:15: Break

3:15-5:00: Mock testing—multiple choice, essay, and slide exam                                       Olivia Petritz

                                                                                                                                       Anne Burgdorf-Moisuk     

6:00: Relaxed get together in a close-by restaurant

Sunday: September 24th

Room: Frisco 7

8:30 – 10:00:  Aquatic animal clinical pathology                                                                              Nicole Stacy

10:00 – 10:30: Coffee, refreshment break  (concurrent with other AAZV workshops)

10:30-11:45: Current avian and reptile therapeutics                                                               Krista Keller

11:45-12:00: Course wrap up and evaluations                                                                                   



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