Chemical Immobilization and Anesthesia of Domestic and Wildlife Species

Learn reliable, safe, and effective techniques for the species you work with and the scenarios you encounter!

This training provides the most complete, up-to-date instruction available on chemical immobilization of animals, presented in an easy-to-understand manner that is applicable to all experience levels. The instructors are veterinarians and biologists who specialize in remotely-delivered anesthetic agents. This program, which has historically been considered by many to be the standard in chemical immobilization training, is now part of San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Academy.

Typical Course Agenda:

Day One
Introduction/General Considerations
Medication Delivery Techniques
Capture Pharmacology
Dart Lab Video Presentation

Day Two
Species Specific Drug Dosages & Volume Calculations
Approach, Post Capture Care & Anesthesia Monitoring
Medical Emergencies
Human Safety and Accidental Human Exposure

Continuing Education Credits

For veterinarians and veterinary technicians, Safe Capture Training has been approved for 16 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval.

The Wildlife Society will allow a maximum of 16 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in Category I of the Certified Wildlife Biologist® Renewal/Professional Development Certificate Program for participation in Safe Capture Training.

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This training has been approved for 16 hours of Continuing Education Credit by National Animal Care and Control Association.


We are currently offering livestream training programs for Safe Capture. Please contact us via the Contact Us form below if you are interested in group rates or have any questions about this comprehensive training solution. Our In-Person training events are on hold until further notice.


Join A Livestream Training Event

August 17–18, 2021
Hosted by National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA)

6 a.m.–3 p.m. Pacific Time
Early registration ends: August 2, 2021
General registration ends: August 14, 2021

September 21-23, 2021 (3-day event)
Hosted by SDZWA Academy

8 a.m.–3 p.m. Pacific Time (days 1 & 2)
8 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Pacific Time (day 3)
Early registration ends: September 06, 2021
General registration ends: September 17, 2021


Pricing & Registration

Check back for additional dates and times for upcoming live stream events.

Feedback From Safe Capture Trainees

"Practical information with reference materials; instructor was approachable, engaging, and spoke from experience."

"I really enjoyed the demonstrations of the different items used during chemical immobilization."

"Very knowledgeable and experienced instructor. Also truly appreciated the very detailed course material." 

Who Would Benefit From This Training?

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The San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Academy's Safe Capture program is pleased to bring our training to colleges and universities! Click here to contact us if you are interested in having a Safe Capture training event at your institution.



  • Injectable and inhalant techniques.
  • Proper injection sites.
  • Remote-delivery equipment and technology.
  • Advantages and disadvantages of commercially available darting systems.
  • Techniques and field modifications to ensure accuracy and consistency.


  • How to recognize, prevent, and treat immobilization-related medical emergencies.
  • Strategies and techniques to minimize stress during capture and handling.
  • Training and conditioning techniques to facilitate animal handling, examination, and sample collection without the use of drugs.


  • Drug and dosage recommendations.
  • Proper use of super-concentrated drugs.
  • How to re-dose if immobilization is incomplete.


  • Personnel and public safety considerations.
  • Handling accidental human exposure to immobilizing drugs.


  • Record keeping and legal considerations, including DEA, AMDUCA, IACUC.



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Dr. Mark Drew

Dr. Mark Drew received his Master's in Zoology from the University of Edmonton in Edmonton, Alberta, and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1987 from the University of Minnesota. Mark taught for 6 years in the Zoological Animal Section for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University. Mark was the Wildlife Veterinarian for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game for 20 years. Mark is also a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine, past President of the ACZM and past President of the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians.

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Dr. Ken Waldrup

Dr. Kenneth Waldrup is a regional zoonosis control veterinarian with the Texas Department of State Health Services, and has served as chronic wasting disease (CWD) program supervisor with the Texas Animal Health Commission. Ken received his Ph.D. in veterinary medical science from Texas A&M University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Invermay Agricultural Centre near Dunedin, New Zealand, where he studied wildlife diseases, as well as farmed deer anesthesia and reproduction. A doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM), Ken also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology and a Master of Science degree in veterinary parasitology from Oklahoma State University.

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Dr. Curtis Eng

Dr. Curtis Eng is from Washington, D.C., and is a graduate of Purdue University's School of Veterinary Medicine. After working as the associate veterinarian in a small animal/exotic animal practice, and volunteering at the Lincoln Park Zoo for 7 years, he became the assistant director/staff veterinarian for the Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend, Indiana. This led to a director of animal health and husbandry position at the Phoenix Zoo, and the chief veterinarian position at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. During his zoo career, conservation medicine has been his true passion having been intimately involved with the reintroduction of the Peninsular pronghorn, black footed ferret, Sumatran rhino and California condor. Dr. Eng has also served as the attending veterinarian at a large research chimpanzee facility. He is currently the Director of Clinical Relations and an associate professor at Western University, College of Veterinary Medicine, specializing in zoo, exotic and wildlife medicine. He also serves as the volunteer wildlife and exotic animal veterinarian for the Pasadena Humane Society, and works part time in an exotics-only private practice. He currently fosters birds and reptiles that are looking for good homes.

Kim Delozier

Kim DeLozier

Kim Delozier is a Wildlife Biologist with over 40 years of field experience in chemical capture of free-ranging wildlife, species reintroduction, and large animal nuisance control previously working with Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He currently works with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. His technical skill, as well as his extensive knowledge of wild animal behavior makes Kim the "go to" guy for capturing animals with ultra-sensitive flight behavior in difficult terrain, including lowlight conditions. He has co-authored two books, "Bear in the Back Seat I & II." His first book made the Wall Street Journal's Best-Seller List!


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