Chemical Immobilization of Animals: 
Zoo & Exotic Species

This is Safe-Capture's Internationally Acclaimed 
16-Hour Chemical Immobilization Workshop!

Over 90% of our workshop participants rate our training programs "excellent" 
- many stating this was "the best workshop they had ever attended!"

Multimedia Lecture Presentation and Discussion (14 Hours)


  • Training and conditioning: Handling, examination, sample collection, and manipulation of animals without the use of drugs.

  • Custom drug combinations and formulations which minimize induction times-the time from dart impact until the animal is immobilized. (Dr. Amass has drug combinations and techniques that will safely and rapidly limit the escape potential of most animals within 64 seconds to 3.5 minutes).

  • Proper injection sites to ensure rapid drug absorption and effects.

  • Capture strategies to minimize capture stress on the animal, and procedural stress of the operator.

  • Drug delivery technology: Advantages and disadvantages of the various commercially available darting systems including Pneu-dart, Telinject, Daninject, Palmer, Paxarms, and Distinject. Choosing the system to best fit your needs-maximizing the utility of the dart projector/tranquilizer gun you already have.

  • Techniques for sighting in dart projectors/tranquilizer guns to ensure accurate, atraumatic dart delivery.

  • Practical, field-tested modifications necessary for accurate and consistent results with currently manufactured darting systems and radiotracking devices.

  • Drug dosage recommendations: The latest in safe, practical, and reliable species-specific and scenario-specific drug and dosage recommendations.

  • Dosage calculation

  • How to re-dose animals incompletely immobilized on approach.

  • "Superconcentrated" drugs: Where to obtain and how to use them to give you a faster knockdown, and allow you to use smaller, less traumatic darts.

  • Post Immobilization Care of Animals: How to ensure the correct level of immobilization for an approach which affords operator safety and minimizes stress to the animal. Proper species-specific positioning, techniques of dart removal, and dart wound care.

  • Medical monitoring: Assessment techniques to ensure the immobilized animal stays physiologically stable throughout the procedure. You'll learn how to monitor and interpret temperature, pulse, heart rate, respiratory rate, capillary refill time, pulse oximetry, capnography-with checklists provided to help keep you organized and on track in the field.

  • Medical emergencies associated with capture and handling: How to prevent, recognize, and treat bloat, capture myopathy, shock, hyperthermia, hypothermia, seizures, and other complications which can be avoided and managed in association with chemical immobilization.

  • Accidental human exposure to immobilizing medications: Which drugs are dangerous to humans? What can you expect with accidental human exposure? Standard Operating Procedures to prevent human exposure to immobilizing drugs. How to coordinate with your physician and local poison control to develop protocols should an accidental exposure occur.

Hands-On Lab/Practice (2 Hours)


  • Safe Handling and Use of Immobilization Darts: Assembly, loading, unloading, and cleaning of the various brands available in the US.

  • Use of Safety Equipment for Prevention of Accidental Exposure to Anesthetic Drugs

  • Safe Handling and Use of Short and Long Range Dart Projectors/Tranquilizer Guns including CO2, Air, and 22 blank powered projectors

  • Practice and Development of Proficiency with:

    • Pole Syringes

    • Blowgun Delivery of Anesthetic Darts: Even if  you have never used a blowgun before, you will leave this portion of the program accurate and proficient with this safe, inexpensive, and atraumatic technique of dart delivery.

    • Radio-Tracking Darts for efficient location of animals and retrieval of lost darts.

This is Real Training . . .

We respect your time and your intelligence, and we know what it takes to be proficient in the field. Our course materials are time-tested to over 13,000 professionals on four continents.

You Get the Top Instructors . . .

Hand picked Zoo & Wildlife Veterinarians-Experts in Chemical Immobilization and Anesthesia and Outstanding Teachers as well!

You Get Training Materials that Work . . .

Our presentation is multi-media and hands-on. You hear it in lecture, see it on video, and do it with your own hands. You will also take home a comprehensive 175-page training manual covering all course materials.

You Get What We Promise . . .

Clear, concise information which will guide you to a safer, more successful level of expertise or we will refund your full tuition fee.

We do not sell equipment, nor do we have contracts with equipment manufacturers. We provide only education in Chemical Immobilization and field assistance, and our recommendations for drugs and equipment stem from practical field use.

This workshop is also approved for Veterinary Continuing Education Credit. Call for details.

All attendees receive the all new 175-page manual:

Chemical Immobilization of Animals:
Technical Field Notes 2018

Certificates will be Awarded!

Our program has been presented since 1989, and is considered by US government agencies
to be the standard in Chemical Immobilization training. 

We have provided training to:
  • Dallas Zoo

  • Beardsley Zoo

  • US Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Folsom City Zoo

  • Beijing Biodiversity Center

  • Dallas World Aquarium

  • M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

  • Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game

  • USDA Wildlife Services

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

  • Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources

  • New York Division of Fish, Wildlife, and Marine Resources

  • And a multitude of others!

Registration Fee (Save $50 if you register more than 30 days prior to the program date!)

Early Registration


General Registration


Refresher Registration (For previous participants that would like to attend again)


Register by Phone: 1-425-948-7965

For further information, contact:

Safe-Capture International, Inc.
P.O. Box 216, Snohomish, WA 98291 USA


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