Training

CalAnimals provides trainings throughout the year for California animal welfare professionals. Our Animal Care Conferences have drawn over 700 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.

Education & Training Resources

ACO Seminar Series

Hosted by Best Friends Animal Society

July 7, 2021, 9:00-2:30 PST (Virtual)

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*Register for each FREE course individually with the links below.


  • Community Engagement: The Lifesaving Philosophy

9-10:30am (PST): Register for this course here.

The term “community engagement” gets thrown around a lot, as if it is  something that an officer can do if they have a few extra minutes.  To  unlock the full potential of community engagement, however, we must  start thinking of it as less of a project and more of a state of mind.  This lifesaving philosophy will not only help save the lives of animals  but could potentially save an officer's life as well.  In this course  you will learn how embracing community engagement as a mindset can, and  will, increase lifesaving efforts and officer safety.

  • Advanced Return to Owner in the Field: Beyond the Scanner

11am-12:30pm (PST): Register for this course here.

Animal control officers are playing a much larger role today in the  reduction of shelter intake by choosing to identify and return stray  dogs to their families without bringing them into the shelter, but all  too often officers stop looking for an owner was they find that the  animal has no ID tags or microchip. This workshop highlights successful  efforts from agencies across the country that have shown to  significantly increase the field RTO rate for those animals without  obvious identification.

  • Community Cats: Mitigating Feline Nuisance

11:00am-12:30pm (PST): Register for this course here.

This session will cover how to respond to residents who don't want  community cats, also known as feral, stray or free-roaming cats, on  their property. We'll discuss strategic placement of deterrents,  de-escalation techniques and information sharing regarding the long-term  effectiveness of managing populations of community cats after  sterilization.

CE Units will be provided by Best Friends after viewing each session.

Humane Law Enforcement Training Academy

Hosted by the United States Service Command, Animal Rescue Services

July 12-23, 2021 (8am-5pm) In-Person

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Sponsored by the United States Service Command, Animal Rescue Services. This academy meets the training requirements for Humane Officers as required by 14502 of the California Corporate Code.   $450


Classes will be held at:
Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church’s Multi-Purpose Room

5150 Wilson Street
La Mesa, California 91942


Parking and Hotel Accommodations are near by.

(858) 925-7096

Animal Law Enforcement Training Academy (Basic)

Hosted by San Diego Humane Society

Oct. 18-29, 2021 Virtual

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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.


For more information about San Diego Humane Society's Humane Academy, contact academy@sdhumane.org.

Animal Law Enforcement Training Academy (Basic)

Hosted by Marin Humane

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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 Dates and 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). The training must be provided by a veterinarian, RVT, or instructor certified by (CalAnimals). Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Email the instructors for more information on scheduling a training convenient for you.

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

Kim'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

 

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