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Cat Tales Zoological Training Center (external link)

School Name and Address

Contact for more information

Cat Tales Zoological Training Center
North 17020 Newport Highway
Mead, WA 99021
Main telephone 509.238.4126
Website http://www.zooschool.org/ (external link)
Request more information http://www.zooschool.org/contact-us.html (external link)

General Information

General information

Public or private Private
Type of school Non-profit vocational school that provides hands-on training in the care and handling of large animals, primarily large cats.
Degrees offered Certificate
School accreditation Licensed by the Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board

School setting

Setting Small town-rural area (not within commuting distance of a large city)
Closest major metropolitan area Spokane
Public transportation to campus Public transportation is not available
Student parking on campus Free parking on site
County Spokane

School visits

School visit availability Tuesday - Sunday; 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Contact to set up school visit Debbie or Mike Wyche; 509.238.4126; mail@cattales.org

Additional information

The training is a 12-month course consisting of four quarters.

Student Body


Total number of students 30
25 to 30 students annually; maximum class size is 10 students.

Costs (external link)

Annual costs for full-time undergraduate students

Cost information website http://www.zooschool.org/tuition-fees.html (external link)

Program costs

Tuition is $1,915 per quarter, including books, classroom materials, and registration fee.

Tuition refund policy

Prorated refund policy

Tuition payment plans available

Installment plan (you can pay tuition in several payments over the course of the term)
Tuition is paid in two installments.


Contact for more information

Margaret Hunter
Office Manager

Education required for admission

High school education High school diploma required and GED accepted.

Application dates 

Admission is available March, June, September, December

Application requirements

Application fee $50
Submit these items:
Application Required for all students
High school GPA 2.5
High school transcript or GED certificate Required for all students
Interview Required for all students
Letters of recommendation 3, required for all students
Written essay or personal statement Required for all students
Three letters of recommendation are required.

Other admissions information

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. A pre-admission physical, tuberculosis test, and tetanus booster are required. Applicants also must be physically able to safely perform required training and provide a current photo of themselves.

Academics (external link) (PDF file)

Degrees offered

Certificate or diploma

School catalog

School catalog website http://www.zooschool.org/uploads/8/9/2/6/89261314/_____ztc_catalog_2018.pdf (external link) (PDF file)
Academic index website http://www.zooschool.org/course-information.html (external link)

Faculty and instruction

Student faculty ratio 5:1

Student Services

Other services for all students

Basic job skills
School provides some information on housing.

Career Services

Career services offered

Career counseling
Placement assistance

Educational programs (external link)

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