Apply & Enroll - Exotic Animal Training and Management Program

Applying to the Exotic Animal Training & Management Program 

Application Period is now Closed. Information regarding Applicant Information Meeting will be sent out to all applicants with a completed application.

Selected Students will be notified by the 1st week of May.


Applying to the Exotic Animal Training and Management Program is a separate application and acceptance from enrollment into Moorpark College. Acceptance into Moorpark College is also needed to proceed within the program.

One cohort of students is accepted each year starting mid-August, in the Fall Semester.
The application period is from January 1st through March 15th.
Applications received outside this time period will not be accepted. 


To Apply to the Exotic Animal Training & Management Program (EATM): 
  Complete EATM Online Application 

  Apply for Admission at Moorpark College - acceptance into Moorpark College does not mean acceptance into the EATM program.
 Send copies of Unofficial High School & College Transcripts with completed Pre-requisites to
     - Transcripts must be in PDF, JPEG, or TIFF format. 

     - Rename file to be your last name first name & transcript type separated by a period (.) Ex. Halpert.Jim.HighScoolTranscripts 
 Request & Send Official High School & College Transcripts to Moorpark College 
               Send by mail: 
Moorpark College Admissions and Records
                                7075 Campus Road​
                                Moorpark, CA 93021
               By email:

All of the above information MUST be received by the end of the application period: March 15th. Information concerning a mandatory Applicant Information Meeting (AIM) will only be sent to those who have all the requested application materials on file by above date.


Please refer all questions regarding the Application, the progress of your application, or the selection process to


What else is needed to attend the EATM Program? 

Admission is dependent on clearance of:

  • Proof of TDAP vaccine given in the last 10 years 
  • Tuberculosis clearance 
  • Proof of One round of completed Covid-19 vaccine

Other physical standards are part of the course work. See these here. 


Timeline of Dates for Application Process 

March 15th - Application Period Closes 
April - Applicant Information Meeting 
1st week of May - Notification of Selected Students 
June 1st - Deadline to Accept
June 30th - Last day to submit In Progress class transcripts
2nd Week of August - Estimated Start Date for Fall Classes  


Selection of Students

Moorpark College is a Public California Community College, admission to the EATM Program is a lottery system. It is not based on grades, experience, education or any other factor. All students who have completed the application process at the appropriate time have an equal chance of admission to the Exotic Animal Training & Management Program. The application process includes submitting a complete application form, the required transcripts, and attendance at an AIM meeting as stated above.

After the AIM meeting is concluded, if there are still more interested students than we have space available for, a random selection will be made. The chance of being admitted is usually about 50-75%.

If not chosen for the first roster of students, an "alternate list" is created in case any students who are admitted decide not to attend. Alternates will be notified when and if a space becomes available and are offered a spot in sequential order drawn and listed. During the random selection process you will be notified if you have been admitted, are on the alternate list, or have not been randomly selected for either. If you are not selected, you will need to reapply for subsequent years.