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


Pet Shop Inspections, Traveling Animal Exhibits,
Rodeos and More

Virtual: Monday, August. 29, 9-11:00am (PST)

Hosted by CalAnimals ($25/$35)

Flyer, if available

CalAnimals is pleased to present this two-hour workshop led by Captain Cindy Machado of Marin Humane. This session will cover how to evaluate complaints, perform inspections, and enforce CA laws pertaining to pet shops, kennels, grooming establishments, traveling animal exhibits, and even rodeos!

$25 CalAnimals Members / $35 Non-Members

2 CEs for ACOs and Humane Officers

The recording will be available to registered attendees for 60 days to view at your convenience.

5 Week Shelter Behavior Seminar - Enrollment is still open!

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

Hosted by CalAnimals ($60/$100)

Flyer, if available

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

$60 CalAnimals Members / $100 Non-Members

Live Zoom - 5 Thursdays, 11:00am-12:30pm

 *All 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

Client Mental Health, Case Studies, and Animal Hoarding

Virtual: Thurs. Sept. 8, 10-11am (PST)

Hosted by CalAnimals ($15/$25)

Flyer, if available

It is not uncommon for officers to encounter clients or suspects with mental health issues. In this one-hour training, attendees will learn about approaches to de-escalation and appropriate support agencies and resources that may be able to help. Case studies will be reviewed as well as specific approaches that have proven to be successful with animal hoarding cases.

$15 CalAnimals Members / $25 Non-Members

1 CE for ACOs and Humane Officers

The recording will be available to registered attendees for 60 days to view at your convenience.

Humane Law Enforcement Academy Training Class

In-person: La Mesa, CA
Sept. 12-23, 8am-5pm

Hosted by The United States Service Command, Animal Rescue Services

Flyer, if available

**New date! September 12-23, 2022

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

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.

Animal Law Enforcement Training Academy (Basic)

Virtual: Mon. - Fri.
Oct. 17 - Oct. 28

Hosted by the San Diego Humane Society

Flyer, if available

The San Diego Humane Academy  will be hosted virtually via Zoom. All 80 hours of  instruction must be completed in order to receive a completion  certificate.

Virtual by Zoom

Monday, Oct. 17 through Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

Tuition is $400.
A $75 fee will be applied to any cancellations.

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.

Chemical Immobilization Training for California ACOs

In-Person, 8am-5pm:
Woodland Nov. 13 or
San Jose Nov. 16

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Academy in collaboration with CalAnimals

This training class is developed specifically for animal control officers and humane officers in the state of California pursuant to CCR 2039.5. The instructors are veterinarians and biologists who specialize in remotely-delivered anesthetic agents. This program, which has historically been considered by many to be the standard in chemical  immobilization training, is now part of San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Academy. 

Early Registration Fee: $475  General Registration Fee: $495

Join an upcoming in-person event:

Sunday, November 13, 8:00am-5:00pm - Hosted at Yolo County Sheriff's Office

     Early Registration ends: 10/29/22 General Registration ends: 11/7/22

Wednesday, November 16, 8:00am-5:00pm - Hosted at San Jose Animal Care & Services

     Early Registration ends: 11/1/22 General Registration ends: 11/10/22

Flyer available, click button above. Questions? Email Beth:


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

Illegal Blood "Sports"

2.5 CEs

Search Warrant Basics

Courtroom Testimony

Penal Code Section 597.1 Pre and Post Seizure

Farm Animals - Husbandry and Handling

Professional Handling and Capture of Dogs

Horses, Cattle, Small Ruminant Series

Professional Handling and Capture of Small Animals


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 next hands-on component scheduled for August 19th or 26th. Contact Renee for location and details.

Renee's courses are currently virtual with the hands-on component to be scheduled. Contact Renee for location and details.

  • 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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