Training

CalAnimals provides trainings throughout the year for California animal welfare professionals. Our annual Animal Care Conference draws over 500 attendees who gather to learn, network, and develop information and skills to bring back to their work. Our Animal Law Enforcement Training Academies, in partnership with Marin Humane and San Diego Humane Society, are the go-to training programs for animal control officers and humane officers throughout California. Additionally, we provide one-day trainings and webinars.
 
Below, you will also see euthanasia trainings provided by Renee Harris (Top2Cats Consulting) and Kim Lanham-Snyder (Marin Humane), instructors we have certified.

Animal Care Conference 2021

April 7-8, 2021

Animal Care Conference 2020, Sheltering at Home, CA

2021 Registration is Now Open!

Each year, CalAnimals hosts the California Animal Care Conference. Unique to the ACC, the conference offers four tracks: Disaster Response, Field Services, Shelter Medicine, and Sheltering & Outreach.

 
This yearly event brings together animal control officers, humane officers, animal care attendants, behaviorists, humane educators, shelter directors, veterinarians, RVTS, customer service representatives, all law enforcement personnel, and other animal-sheltering professionals. Continuing education for veterinarians, RVTs, and humane officers are provided.
Early, Early Bird Discount Available until 12/31/2020

Training & Education

Fear Free Pet Behavior Symposium

February 20-21, 2021

You are invited to the first-ever virtual Fear Free Pet Behavior Symposium Hosted by the San Francisco SPCA.


Over two days, the best minds in veterinary medicine will present to  three focused audiences: Shelter Personnel, Pet Guardians, and  Veterinary Professionals.


Featuring renowned Fear Free founder Dr. Marty Becker, SF SPCA leading Board-Certified Veterinary Behaviorists Dr. Jeannine Berger and Dr. Wailani Sung,  and a variety of Fear Free experts from the veterinary and shelter  world, this virtual symposium will focus on the practical and  environmental concepts of Fear Free as well as the latest strategies and  processes demonstrated in veterinary clinics and shelters today; RACE CE credit will be available for both the shelter and veterinary sessions. Pet  Guardian audiences will be treated to insights on how Fear Free  practices can elevate animal interactions at home and in pet care  environments.

Animal Law Enforcement Training Academy (Basic) by San Diego Humane Society

TBD


The Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy includes 80 hours (ten days) of study on such topics as animal care, impound procedures, animal fighting, elements of a crime, investigation, rules of evidence, law enforcement, report writing, search and seizure, laws of arrest, the veterinarian‘s role, legal procedures, court demeanor and testifying, civil and criminal liability, humane laws, and child abuse.


The Academy is intended to provide the 20 hours of training in animal care required for appointment as a humane officer and the 40 hours of training in California humane laws related to the powers and duties of a humane officer required for appointment and continuing education and training as a humane officer under California Corporations Code section 14502.


Please note that the final decision as to whether a course satisfies the training requirements for humane officer appointment rests with the superior court charged with confirming the appointment.

Animal Law Enforcement Training Academy (Basic) Marin Humane

TBD

Marin Humane

The Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy includes 80 hours (ten days) of study on such topics as animal care, impound procedures, animal fighting, elements of a crime, investigation, rules of evidence, law enforcement, report writing, search and seizure, laws of arrest, the veterinarian‘s role, legal procedures, court demeanor and testifying, civil and criminal liability, humane laws, and child abuse.


The Academy is intended to provide the 20 hours of training in animal care required for appointment as a humane officer and the 40 hours of training in California humane laws related to the powers and duties of a humane officer required for appointment and continuing education and training as a humane officer under California Corporations Code section 14502.


Please note that the final decision as to whether a course satisfies the training requirements for humane officer appointment rests with the superior court charged with confirming the appointment.

Various Locations (see below)

Euthanasia Training

When necessary, shelter staff may euthanize animals if they have completed a curriculum of at least eight hours of training as specified in the Euthanasia Training Curriculum published by the California Animal Welfare Association (CalAnimals) (now Cal Animals). The training must be provided by a veterinarian, RVT, or instructor certified by (Cal Animals). Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Email the instructors for more information on scheduling a training convenient for you. 

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Renee's courses are currently virtual with the hands-on component scheduled for an agreed-upon date, time, and location.

 

Instructors:

Kim Lanham-Snyder, Marin Humane | klanham@marinhumane.org

Renee Harris, Top2Cats Consulting | reneeharris@top2catsconsulting.com

 

Two great ways to help California's animals

California Pet Lover's License Plate
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Mailing Address

PO Box 249 | Penn Valley, CA 95946

510.525.2744 | info@calanimals.org

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California's animal care and control agencies, SPCAs, and humane societies are not directly affiliated with any of the national animal welfare organizations, such as Humane Society of the United States and American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.  Read more here.