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Field Application Training and Certification

PZP Vaccine Training and Certification: PZP (or ZonaStat-H) is federally approved (EPA reg. no. 86833-1) and individuals are required to undergo training and certification through The Science and Conservation Center prior to receiving or applying the PZP vaccine to equids or urban deer.

Equine contraceptive certification is offered at various times throughout the year. Training takes place over 3 days at The Science and Conservation Center campus during which attendees receive both educational and hands-on training. In addition to being certified to apply PZP in the field, participants are equipped with the knowledge to be able to explain PZP science to supporters, critics, the public, and members of the press.


The cost of training and certification is $350.00. A deposit of $150.00 is required with registration. The balance must be paid prior to the first day. Cancellations made more than 30 days in advance of the class are eligible for a full refund. No refunds will be made for cancellations made less than 30 days in advance of a class. 

Basic Course Information

Prerequisite: Learn how to handle a scoped rifle in advance of training

Many people have never held a rifle nor used a rifle scope. This can slow the training process significantly for others. We strongly advise people to learn how to handle a rifle and use a scope effectively prior to attending training. You do not have to actually shoot the rifle, but it is helpful to feel comfortable handling a scoped rifle.

Day One: Meet Offsite

Training takes place at the SCC facility and campus located in a secured section of the ZooMontana grounds. On the first day, an SCC trainer will meet participants in the lobby of the Big Horn Resort at 8:45 AM to escort the participants to the facility. After the first day, participants will be provided with a secure entry code. The course takes place over 3 days starting at 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.


Each participant will receive a training manual and all necessary vaccine mixing equipment.

IMPORTANT! If you are traveling by air, you may or may not be able to transport the equipment in carry on luggage. Please be prepared to make alternate arrangements for transporting the mixing equipment in advance.

Class Auditing

Individuals who wish to sit through the PZP classroom instruction but not participate in the hands-on field training may audit the course for a nominal $150.00 fee. As an example, this may include members of the press who are interested in learning more about the PZP science, or upper level administrators who are contemplating utilizing this science in the future.

Nearby Accommodations

There are several hotel options within one mile of the Science & Conservation Center:

Big Horn Resort

(406) 839-9300
1801 Majestic Lane
Amenities: Complimentary Breakfast

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

(406) 652-0111
3431 Ember Lane
Amenities: Complimentary Continental Breakfast

Homewood Suites by Hilton

(406) 656-0525
3420 Ember Lane
Amenities: Complimentary Hot Breakfast

Hampton Inn and Suites

(406) 656-7511
3550 Ember Lane
Amenities: Complimentary Breakfast

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About The Science & Conservation Center

Built in 1998 and becoming a non-profit organization in 2001, the SCC is the world’s only dedicated facility for the research, development, distribution, and field-based application training of wildlife contraceptives. Education is a core tenet. The SCC works with wildlife and wild horse conservation groups, zoos, landowners, and field volunteers to promote the humane control of animal populations across the world. The SCC campus is located in a secured area on the grounds of ZooMontana.

About ZooMontana

ZooMontana is a 70-acre zoological/botanical garden, accredited arboretum and educational facility dedicated to the conservation of wildlife throughout Montana and the 45th parallel. ZooMontana is home for over 100 animals of 56 different species and gives visitors the opportunity to learn about Yellowstone ecosystem fauna through observation and interpretive displays.

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