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 2018, Long Beach

Animal Care Conference 2020

March 22-24 (Sun-Tue)

(Pre-Conference Workshops on Sat, Mar 21)

Hilton Long Beach

Animal Care Conference 2018, Long Beach

Each year, CalAnimals hosts the California Animal Care Conference. Unique to the ACC, the conference offers five tracks: Behavior and Training, Law Enforcement & Field Services, Shelter Medicine, Sheltering & Outreach, and Leadership.

 
In 2019, we held two all-day pre-conference workshops: #AllTheCats Summit and Advanced Interview & Interrogation Techniques. Sessions in the other tracks included What is a Marginal Dog and What Should We Do With Them?, Multi-disciplinary Effort to Catch a Serial Cat Killer, Treating the Entire Animaland Interacting Wtih increasingly Diverse Communities.  Our plenary session spotlighted the Camp Fire and Other Disasters: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. 
 
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.

Animal Law Enforcement Training Academy

Marin Humane
San Diego Humane Society

2017 Animal Law Enforcement Training Academy, Marin Humane

Interview & Interrogation

January 31, 2020 - Long Beach, CA

The Art and Science of I&I is a Highly Specialized and Perishable Skill

Friday, January 31, 2020, 8:00am-5:00pm

CalAnimals is hosting an exclusive workshop that focuses in‐depth on complex criminal investigations – with Special Agent George Olivo, FBI Los Angeles, at spcaLA - Long Beach Companion Animal Village (Education Center), 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA, 90815.

Animal cruelty can be a complex crime requiring cross-disciplinary attention, information sharing, and intergovernmental collaboration. Reporting, investigating, and prosecuting animal cruelty may help minimize violent acts toward humans, including terrorism.

Comprehensive training can take years off the learning curve for newer investigators. However, seasoned investigators will benefit from focused training because they can effectively apply new techniques right away.

The Case Study Sessions are specifically designed for:

Animal Cruelty Investigators, Humane Officers, Animal Control Officers, Prosecutors, Police/Sheriff Officers, Deputies, and Detectives, as well as all Local, State, or Federal Agents/Officers responsible for investigating animal‐related crimes.

$125 CalAnimals Member Organization Tuition / $175 non-members

Chemical Immobilization Certification

February 3, 2020 ‐ Camarillo, California

Chemical Immobilization Certification, Hosted by the Ventura Co. Animal Services
February 3, 2020 ‐ Camarillo, California, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Animal Control Training Services – Chemical Immobilization offers an
alternative to the use of lethal force in response to animals that represent a danger
to the public. This 8‐hour course will certify officers to chemically immobilize
commonly‐encountered animals, such as dogs, wildlife, exoticsand agriculture
animals. Humane techniques and methods, drugs and delivery devices, and
deployment protocol (what qualifies an animal for chemical immobilization) will be
discussed. This course includes both classroom and practical training.
The Chemical Immobilization Certification costs just $150 for the entire course.

Humane Law Enforcement Academy Training Class

NEW DATE!! Feb. 24 - Mar. 4, 2020 - San Diego

40 hours have been approved by CalAnimals to meet the state requirements and the CVMA for 20 hours of medical training. This course is for educational purposes only and is being approved to be qualified to assist Humane Law Enforcement Officers when activated by FEMA or any Law Enforcement Agency.

The Cost of the Training Class is just $450. Visa/Master Card accepted.

 Last day for registration is Feb. 10, 2019

CALL FOR INFORMATION (858) 847-2200

Classes are held at 4660 La Jolla Village Dr. Suite 1020 San Diego, CA 92122

Parking is available on the street before 8 AM.

February 24 - March 4, 2020

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Animal Law Enforcement Training Academy (Basic)

Marin Humane

March 2 -13, 2020

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.

@spcaLA - Long Beach Companion Animal Village

March 6, 2020, 9am-5pm, Long Beach

This one day workshop designed for all levels of shelter staff will cover advice to resolve common dog and cat behavior problems to prevent surrender, a behavior perspective on intake and adoptions, canine behavior evaluations and decisions-making, and behavior modification in the shelter.

$125 CalAnimals Member Organization Tuition / $175 non-members

March 6, 2020, 9am to 5pm – Lunch included!

@spcaLA - Long Beach Companion Animal Village - 7700 E. Spring St, Long Beach, CA 90815

Interview & Interrogation

April 24, 2020 - Roseville, CA

The Art and Science of I&I is a Highly Specialized and Perishable Skill

Friday, April 24, 2020, 8:00am-5:00pm

CalAnimals is hosting an exclusive workshop that focuses in‐depth on complex criminal investigations – with Special Agent George Olivo, FBI Los Angeles, at the Placer SPCA, 200 Tahoe Ave, Roseville, CA, 95678.

Animal cruelty can be a complex crime requiring cross-disciplinary attention, information sharing, and intergovernmental collaboration. Reporting, investigating, and prosecuting animal cruelty may help minimize violent acts toward humans, including terrorism.

Comprehensive training can take years off the learning curve for newer investigators. However, seasoned investigators will benefit from focused training because they can effectively apply new techniques right away.

The Case Study Sessions are specifically designed for:

Animal Cruelty Investigators, Humane Officers, Animal Control Officers, Prosecutors, Police/Sheriff Officers, Deputies, and Detectives, as well as all Local, State, or Federal Agents/Officers responsible for investigating animal‐related crimes.

$125 CalAnimals Member Organization Tuition / $175 non-members

Animal Law Enforcement Training Academy (Advanced)

Marin Humane

April 26 - May 1, 2020

The Advanced Law Enforcement Training Academy is an intensive forty-hour study of investigation procedures as they relate to California anti-cruelty and anti-neglect laws.  The Academy includes topics such as search warrants, evidence collection and preservation, crime scene photography, advanced report-writing, court case preparations, and crime scene scenario investigations.  Students should be prepared to conduct an actual investigation, take photographs, write reports, collect evidence, testify, and participate in a mock court hearing and trial. 

The Academy is intended to provide the 40 hours of training in California humane laws related to the powers and duties of a humane officer required for 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.

@Placer SPCA - Roseville, CA

May 29, 2020 9am-5pm

This one day workshop designed for all levels of shelter staff will cover advice to resolve common dog and cat behavior problems to prevent surrender, a behavior perspective on intake and adoptions, canine behavior evaluations and decisions-making, and behavior modification in the shelter.

$125 CalAnimals Member Organization Tuition / $175 non-members

May 29, 2020, 9am to 5pm – Lunch included!

Placer SPCA - 200 Tahoe Ave, Roseville, CA, 95678

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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 State Humane Association of California (SHAC) and the Animal Control Directors Association (CACDA) (now Cal Animals). The training must be provided by a veterinarian, RVT, or instructor certified by CACDA/SHAC (Cal Animals). Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. 

 

Instructors:

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

Renee Harris, Top2Cats Consulting | reneeharris@top2catsconsulting.com

 

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510.525.2744 | info@calanimals.org

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