The mission of the Exotic Animal Training and Management (EATM) Program is to continually achieve excellence in the education of leaders to meet the future challenges of working safely, humanely, and intelligently with animals.  The program prepares students for a variety of positions in public and private animal parks, zoos and oceanariums and for careers in animal handling and training for the entertainment and wildlife education industries.

Students receive education through a combination of classroom instruction and actual experience in the care, handling, and training of a wide variety of domestic and non-domestic animals.  Moorpark College maintains, on campus, a collection of animals at America’s Teaching Zoo, which serves as a “living classroom” for the students.  The students in the program care for and work with these animals.  Thus, this collection provides the student with a unique opportunity to learn about domestic and non-domestic animals and to develop the skills necessary to work in facilities utilizing animals.


Carol Higashida, Phone (805) 378-1459

Full-time Faculty

Gary Wilson and Brenda Woodhouse


Chuck Brinkman

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