Education & Training Resources

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.

Upcoming Trainings


Virtual - Hosted by CalAnimals ($25/$35)

Thursday, June 9, 9:00am-12:15pm (PST)

Courtroom Testimony

Presenters: Jessica Castany, San Diego City Attorney's Office, & Captain Michael Garcia, San Diego Humane

3 hours of CE for Humane Officers, CACOs, and CAWAs

Learn the basics of courtroom testimony, preparing to testify, the importance of knowing the content of your report, and recommendations on working with the prosecutor. Courtroom decorum, including your demeanor both on and off the witness stand, appropriate dress, and how the officer will be demonstrated to be a qualified witness will be covered. Tips on testimony, common mistakes to avoid, and what you can bring with you to the witness stand will be included.

Hosted by The United States Service Command, Animal Rescue Services

In-person - La Mesa, CA - July 11-22, 8am-5pm

Humane Law Enforcement Academy Training Class

**New date just added! July 11-22

The Humane Law Enforcement Academy is intended to provide the 20 hours of training in animal care and 40 hours of training in California humane laws under California Corporations Code section 14502.

$450. Please call for more INFORMATION (858) 925-7096.

Contact San Diego Humane Society for 2022 dates

Animal Law Enforcement Training Academy (Basic)

The San Diego Humane 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.

Virtual - Hosted by CalAnimals ($25/$35)

Thursday,June 23, 9:00am-12:15pm (PST)

Penal Code Section 597.1 Pre and Post Seizure

Presenters: Bruce Wagman, Captain Cindy Machado, and Chief ACO Jace Huggins

3 hours of CE for Humane Officers, CACOs, and CAWAs

This  course will point out ways this complex statute can be used to benefit  animals that are the subject of seizures for cruelty and neglect. It  will cover the practical application of the law in the field (both pre-  and post-seizure), and the legal support for and analysis of the  procedures available after seizures have taken place. The potential for  pre-seizure hearings, as well as best practices for post seizure  hearings, will also be discussed, along with pertinent case law.

Virtual - Hosted by CalAnimals ($60/$100)

Thursdays, Aug. 4-Sept. 1, 11am-12:30pm

5 Week Shelter Behavior Seminar

All shelter staff and volunteers will benefit from this excellent learning opportunity with Kelley Bollen, MS, CABC.

Live Zoom - 5 Thursdays, 11:00am-12:30pm, Recordings available through Sept. 30, 2022.

  • August 4 - Resolving Common Behavior Problems

  • August 11 - Intake, Adoptions, & Safe introductions – A Behavior Perspective

  • August 18 – Reading Dog and Cat Body Language

  • August 25 – Canine Behavior Assessments & Disposition Decision-Making

  • September 1 – Reducing Stress in the Shelter Environment

Recorded Trainings - Rent on Demand

  • Recorded Training Workshops are available for rent for 60 days from purchase date.

  • The recordings are available to everyone. Remember to sign-into your organization's CalAnimals account to receive the member discount. (Try your work email.)

  • CE Certificates will be sent the 1st Monday of each month to registered attendees who view the recording.

Animal Cruelty Workshop

Professional Handling and Capture of Dogs

Farm Animals - Husbandry and Handling

Professional Handling and Capture of Small Animals

Horses, Cattle, Small Ruminant Series

Search Warrant Basics

Illegal Blood "Sports"

2.5 CEs


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 in March.


  • Check back for new dates       Click Here to Register, then Email Kim, to receive the Zoom Link.


Kim's courses are currently virtual with the option of hands-on component scheduled for the second day on the Marin Humane campus. All attendees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID if attending the in-person session.



Kim Lanham-Snyder, Marin Humane |

Renee Harris, Top2Cats Consulting |


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