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Education & Training Resources

CalAnimals provides trainings throughout the year for California animal welfare professionals on a variety of topics. Our Animal Law Enforcement Training Academies, in partnership with Marin Humane, United States Service Command, 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 and our new on-demand CalAnimals Officer Academy.
Upcoming Trainings

**Please note: CalAnimals webinars and trainings are for informational purposes only. Please check with your own municipality, legal counsel, and/or veterinarian to determine which activities are appropriate for your agency.**

Upcoming Trainings

CalAnimals Officer Academy

Virtual - On Demand
60+ hours of self-paced,
online instruction

Hosted by CalAnimals

Sponsored by:

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Your Animal Control Officers and Humane Officers now have the opportunity to complete a training academy on their own time, at their own pace, without travel.

This is a web-based, on-demand course consisting of more than 60 hours of training in California state laws and animal care, specifically to meet the requirements outlined in Health and Safety Code Sec 26222 and California Corporations Code Section 14502. This academy is a collection of video trainings conducted by a variety of exceptional experts in our field, along with quizzes to help ensure that content is understood. 

This training program was designed to ensure all animal officers throughout the state of California have access to quality training and industry best practices, and support each officer’s eligibility to become certified.

The CalAnimals Certified Animal Control Officer program is our state’s only certification program for ACOs and a means of recognizing the training and professionalism of our officers and the important work they do in serving their communities.

$450 Members (staff of CalAnimals member organizations), sign-in to receive member pricing

$500 Non-members

Register anytime - take up to 4 months from enrollment to complete the curriculum.

Humane Law Enforcement Academy Training Class

In-Person/Virtual Hybrid
La Mesa, CA
June 5-16, 2023, 8am-5pm

Hosted by The United States Service Command, Animal Rescue Services

Flyer, if available

Sponsored by:

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In Person/Virtual Hybrid - La Mesa, CA

June 5th-16th, 2023

$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.

Chemical Immobilization Training for California ACOs

In-Person in Irvine
Thursday, August 3, 2023

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Academy in collaboration with CalAnimals

Sponsored by:

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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

8 CEs

Join an upcoming in-person event:

Thursday, August 3, 8:00am-5:00pm  

Hosted at Irvine Police Dept, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, CA 92606

     Early Registration ends: 7/19/23 General Registration ends: 7/26/23

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

San Diego Humane Academy (Basic)

Check back for Spring dates

Hosted by the San Diego Humane Society

Flyer, if available

Sponsored by:

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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

Check  their website for Spring 2023 dates.

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.

Recorded Trainings

Recorded Trainings - Rent on Demand

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

  • Register for each workshop separately.

  • 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

Equine Humane Case Investigations: From Corral to Courtroom

Illegal Blood "Sports"

2.5 CEs

Pets are Big Business: Puppy Sales, Scams, and Prosecution

Search Warrant Basics

Animal Cruelty/Veterinary Forensics: Case Studies

Farm Animals - Husbandry and Handling

Interview & Interrogation

Professional Handling and Capture of Dogs

Venomous Snake Safety

Client Mental Health, Case Studies, and Animal Hoarding

Forensic Photography: Provide Your Prosecutor Quality Photography to Accept & Win Your Case

Penal Code Section 597.1 Pre and Post Seizure

Professional Handling and Capture of Small Animals

Courtroom Testimony

Horses, Cattle, Small Ruminant Series

Pet Shop Inspections, Traveling Animal Exhibits,
Rodeos and More

Recognizing and Understanding Bias for the Animal Welfare Professional

EA Training

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.

Each day is 9-12:30

Renee's courses are currently virtual with the hands-on component scheduled after the training.

Contact Renee for location and details.


Each day is 9-5:30

Kim's courses are offered virtually or in-person with the hands-on component scheduled for the second day on the Marin Humane campus. We recommend attendees be fully vaccinated for COVID when attending in-person. View Marin Humane flyer.



Kim Lanham-Snyder, Marin Humane |

Renee Harris, Top2Cats Consulting |


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