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


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 ($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

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.


  • 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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