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ACZM Exam Prep Courses

American College of Zoological Medicine Exam Preparation and Study Courses
Scheduled for 2019


Basic Information

The American College of Zoological Medicine’s Education Committee is proud to sponsor Exam Preparation and Study Courses in conjunction with the various conferences of 2019. As there will be no traditional short course in 2019, these courses offered in association with conferences will be the only training courses offered by the ACZM.


Who Should Take these Courses?

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.

Overall Course Description and Schedule: 


First Section: (Morning) 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 strategies. A special focus will be given to the Job Task Analysis 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 ACZM and the board examination. Furthermore two in depth topics will be taught by experts.


Lunch will be provided in addition to coffee breaks, to allow opportunity for networking and sharing experiences/personal study strategies. 


Second Section: (Afternoon) Additional lectures intended to cover specific zoological medicine topics in-depth will be provided. These lectures are meant to be a thorough review of the literature and help the attendee prepare their study strategy and organization of the topics. Anyone interested in in-depth reviews of zoological medicine, including most up-to-date published information would be expected to benefit from this section. The teaching will end with a mock essay exam and a discussion of the results. 

Second Day: Some of the ACZM Exam Prep courses include a second day (half day, in the morning) session with additional topic reviews and mock test opportunities.


Detailed schedules of topics and speakers will be available online as soon as they are prepared, as well as registration information. For more information on please contact the Education Committee Chair, Dr Chris Hanley at (314) 646-4522,




September 28-29, 2019

St. Louis, MO

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


Saturday: September 28rd

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 and refreshment break, concurrent with other workshops


10:00-11:00:Diseases of wild rodents                                                                                      
Sara Gardhouse

11:00-12:00: Fish parasites                                                                                               


12:00-1:15: Lunch – We will walk to a local Panera for a catered lunch, included in your registration cost


Tara Harrison                                                                        

Avian anatomy and physiology: an ACZM review                                                       
Olivia Petritz                                                                                          

Coffee and refreshment break, concurrent with other workshops


3:30-5:00:Mock testing—multiple choice, essay, and slide exam                                                             


Sunday: September 29th



8:00 – 9:00:  Penguins                                                                                                               
Michelle Davis                                                                              

9:00 – 10:00
: Zoo animal welfare                                                                                        
Sathya Chinnadurai 


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


10:30 – 11:30: How to efficiently review journal articles                                                                
Matt Kinney                                                       

: Mentor-Mentee roundtable discussion: Debunking ACZM exam myths                                


12:30 – 1:00: Course wrap up and evaluations

Registration will be available soon