Papers, Posters, and Workshops

AAZK’s Professional Development Committee will put out calls for abstracts for Papers, Posters, and Workshops throughout the year leading up to the conference. Please keep an eye on your email, the AAZK website, or the AAZK Facebook page for details for abstract submission. The conference theme is Keepers United in Saving Species.

AAZK Professional Certificate Courses

Professional Certificate Courses (PCCs) are in-depth classes with twelve hours of classroom instruction time.  All courses are planned and executed using Subject Matter Experts from the Conference Host Institution. The PCCs that will be offered at the 2017 AAZK National Conference in Washington D.C. are

  • Keeper Excellence in Research
  • Nutrition
  • Reptile and Amphibian Husbandry

Attendance for each course is limited and participants will need to register for PCCs at the time of general conference registration.

Topical Workshops

The Professional Development Committee will be offering two types of Topical Workshops in 2017. We will now be offering Topical Workshops with Limited Attendance.  Participants will need to register for these workshops at the time of general conference registration. We will also be offering Open Topical Workshops in a ballroom setting.  These workshops will have open attendance.

If you are interested in presenting a Topical Workshop of either type, please submit an abstract to by January 15, 2017. The first call for workshops has been announced. For more information, click here.

Conference Paper and Poster Submissions

Paper authors will receive 15 minutes to present with 5 minutes for questions. Poster authors will have their posters displayed throughout the conference with an official Poster Session to be held at a date yet to be determined. Posters will be judged during the week of the conference and awards will be presented to the top three posters during the official Poster Session.

If you are interested in presenting a paper or a poster, please submit your abstract along with the appropriate application form, available below, to by May 1, 2017.

Relevant Dates for Paper and Poster Submissions

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: May 1, 2017
  • Author Notification of Abstract Acceptance/Denial: June 1, 2017
  • Material Submission Deadline: July 15, 2017

For more information on the conference program, please contact the AAZK Professional Development Committee at