Students with goat in zoo technology class

Zoo Animal Technology

Certificate Program offered at Jefferson Community & Technical College and the Louisville Zoo.

The program is a partnership of JCTC and the Louisville Zoological Gardens.

The Zoo Technology program prepares students for entry-level positions at zoos and related occupations.

The curriculum gives students a background in writing, computer applications, communication skills, animal biology, conservation biology, applied mathematics and basic zoo operations.

The certificate program requires a minimum of 19 classroom hours as well as acceptance into and successful completion of a summer program (Applied Experiences in Zoo Technology) at the zoo's BOMA Village petting zoo.

Course requirements

  • BIO 112 Introduction to Biology   3
  • BIO 120 Human Ecology  3
  • BIO 122 Introduction to Conservation Biology  3
  • BIO 143 Zoology with laboratory   4
  • ZOO 293 Applied Experiences in Zoo Technology  3-6
  • MAT 110 Applied Mathematics   3
  • COM181 Basic Public Speaking   3

Total:  22-25

For more information, please contact Paul Florence by email at

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