Venomous Animal Safety and Husbandry Training Seminar


3rd Venomous Animal Safety and Husbandry
Training Seminar

June 13-16, 2013
Instructors, Venomous Handling Demonstrations and Lectures and Hands on Workshops

The 3rd Seminar on Venomous Animal Safety and Husbandry will be held starting Thursday, June 13th with an evening Ice Breaker at the Best Western Pool in Frederick, through Friday, Saturday and Sunday the 16th with three whole days of classes held at the Frederick Community College, Opossumtown Pike, Frederick Maryland and hands on labs on Sunday at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo near Thurmont, Maryland.

This seminar is for professional and serious advanced herpetoculturists and is limited to 40 students. Space is still available as of June 10th.

The instructional dialogue and hands on workshop covers Basic Taxonomy, Phylogeny, Zoogeography and Toxicology, Facility Design from Total Environment to Necessary Enclosure Enrichment, Handling Methods and Tools, Species specific Husbandry including Operant Conditioning, Regulation and Transportation, Nutrition, Health Care and Quarantine Procedures, Crisis Management
including Envenomation Prevention and Protocols and Staff Training as it relates to venomous reptile safety and husbandry.

The Ice Breaker Snacks, two breakfast Drinks and Buns, two Box lunches, a Western Maryland’s Mountain Man’s Ribs and Beef BBQ and an Eastern Shore Crab Feast with all the fix’ins are included with your registration. For the first time this year, a copy of all the papers and reference material used will be distributed free to all registered students and instructors.

Our instructors include Ray Pawley, former Brookfield Zoo, Reptile Curator, Dr. Dan Keyler, one of the best envenomation and venom experts in the country, Jesse Krebs, Reptile Curator at Omaha’s Doorly Zoo, Dr. Jim Murphy, Curator National Zoo, Dr. Ed Smith, Associate, National Zoo, Doug Hotle, Curator of Herpetology at Albuquerque’s BioPark, Randal Berry, Reptile Kepper, Little Rock Arkansas Zoo,  Dr. Sam Seashole, DVM, Reptilian Specialist, Clyde Peeling, Reptiland Pennsylvania, Rob Carmichael, Curator, Wildlife Discovery Center, Lake County IL., Mike Lathroum, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Dr. Donal Boyer, Herpetological Curator, Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx Zoo, Al Coritz, Herpetoculturist, Pennsylvania, Jared Watts, Herpetoculturist, Virginia, Lauren Augustine and Matthew Neff, Animal Keepers, Reptile Discovery Center Smithsonian and Don Middaugh, Curator of Poikilotherms, Global Wildlife Trust, Inc. Catoctin Wildlife Preserve.


Thursday, June 13th through Sunday, June 16th 2013


Thursday, June 13th

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Registration for seminar /Check in room at the Best Western Historic Frederick, MD or registration can be done Friday AM at the Community College.

6 PM to 10 PM – Icebreaker at the Historic Best Western Frederick MD, Food, and beverages including beer and wine, music, reunion and the counting of fingers.  Videos.

Friday, June 14th

Frederick County Community College, Building E (FCC Conference Center), Rooms E126ABC)

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM – Registration at Frederick County Community College

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Speakers at FCC

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Box lunch

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Speakers at FCC

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Dinner at Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo –

Saturday, June 15th

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Speakers at FCC

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Box lunch

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Speakers at FCC

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Dinner at Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo –

Sunday, June 16th

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM – Coffee and donuts at Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo

8:00  AM- 11:00 AM – Live Animal Demonstrations – Students will observe servicing procedures in the Venomous Animal Building then proceed to the Jurassic Theatre for the Live Animal Demonstrations – showing various techniques for safely working with venomous animals.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Lunch at Fratelli’s Italian Restaurant

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Practicum Lab Session – Equipment and tools will be used (with helodermids, colubrids, elaphids and crotalids) also free for all “press conference” question and answer session.  Nobody goes home without having all their questions answered by the experts!

Seminar Coordinator: Richard Hahn, Executive Director, Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo

Program Chairman: Doug Hotle, Curator of Herpetology, Albuquerque BioPark

Primary Lab Instructor: Don Middaugh, Curator of Poikilotherms, Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo


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