CAZA/AZAC promotes the welfare of, and encourages the advancement and improvement of, zoological parks, aquariums and related animal exhibits in Canada as humane agencies of recreation, education, conservation, and science.
By standardizing professional conduct and practices through a comprehensive accreditation program with a respected Code of Ethics, CAZA/AZAC member zoos and aquariums are internationally recognized for their high standards of animal care. Many Canadian Municipalities and Provinces have adopted these standards in legislation.
CAZA/AZAC has an effective working relationship with the Canadian Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians (CAZWV). Together the resources of CAZA/AZAC and CAZWV provide a greater capacity for improving animal health and welfare through collaborative work.
Canadian Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians
The mission of the Canadian Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians is to promote and contribute to the health management of free ranging and captive wild animals, and in so doing enhance the well being of these animals. This mission is achieved through the following goals:
- Communication- encourage and facilitate communication within and between professions; thereby linking veterinary medicine, wildlife management, and public/government agencies.
- Education- provide information as well as continuing education for veterinarians and other wildlife health professionals.
- Professional Representation- act as a unified resource in the promotion of the art and science of free ranging and captive wild animal health management.