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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
60-80 hours of self-paced,
online instruction

Hosted by CalAnimals

Improved Learning Platform - 

No grading delays or Zoom issues!!

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)

$500 Non-members

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

Request an Employee Sub-Account or Learner Profile prior to registering, if you don't have one yet.

Sponsored by:

Penal Code Section 597.1: Case Studies

Thursday, May 30
9:00am-12:00pm (PDT)

Jace Huggins, VP & Chief of Humane Law Enforcement, San Diego Humane Society
Regina Price, Lieutenant, San Diego Humane Society
Sierra Vacchio, Humane Law Enforcement, San Diego Humane Society
Shiny Caldwell, Director of Animal Services, Marin Humane.

Flyer, if available

As a follow up to the essential training “Penal Code 597.1 Pre and Post Seizure” which took a deep dive into the legal considerations of this code, we have assembled a panel to walk us through some actual cases involving seizures of animals. We’ll learn about the steps they took, what went well, what didn’t, and what they would change if they had to do it over again. This is a great way to really absorb the “how to” and learn from the experience of others. 

Speakers include Jace Huggins, VP & Chief of Humane Law Enforcement with San Diego Humane Society, Regina Price, Lieutenant, San Diego Humane Society, Sierra Vacchio, Humane Law Enforcement, San Diego Humane Society, and Shiny Caldwell, Director of Animal Services, from Marin Humane.

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

  • Members: $25, Non-members: $35

  • The  3 hour recording will be accessible to paid attendees after the event.  It will then be listed in our On-Demand Rental section after June 1.

Sponsored by:

Humane Law Enforcement Academy Training Class

In-Person in La Mesa, CA
June 3-14, 8am-5pm

An Operational Division of Animal Rescue Shelter & Patrol Corporation

Flyer, if available

In Person only - La Mesa, CA (San Diego area)

June 3-14, 2024



Please call for more INFORMATION (858) 847-3143.

The Humane Law Enforcement Academy is a basic animal-law enforcement training academy that meets the training requirements established in CA Corporations Code Section 14502 and Health and Safety Code Sec 26222 for humane officers and Certified Animal Control Officers.

Animal control Officers, humane officers, and private parties who wish to work in this challenging but rewarding field will learn the knowledge and skills to embark on an animal-law enforcement career or learn new skills, and techniques for professional conduct and legal compliance.

To register, please call  (858) 847-3143

Sponsored by:

Understanding Aggressive Behavior in Dogs

Thursday, July 18
9-11:00am (PDT)

Kelley Bollen, MS, CABC

Flyer, if available
Live Zoom Workshop July 18, 9-11am (PDT)
The 2-hr Recording will be available July 19 - Oct. 31, 2024.

With overflowing kennels and longer lengths of stay, most shelters are seeing no shortage of behavioral challenges among dogs. The most concerning, of course, is aggression, and behavior expert Kelley Bollen  will lead this session to take a deep dive into why dogs exhibit aggressive behavior, the different types of aggression we see in dogs, and what situations can trigger aggressive behavior. She will discuss what we as shelter professionals can do to modify this serious and sometimes dangerous behavior and provide guidance on safe placement. With safety considerations for staff, volunteers, and the public, as well as  the overall implications our choices have on our ability to maintain liability insurance as an industry, having clear guidelines and pathways for dogs exhibiting aggressive behavior is critically important.

  • 2 hours of CE for Humane Officers, CACOs, and CAWAs

  • Members: $25 - Register with your employee sub-account

  • Non-members or Learners: $35 **Must be a California resident

Request an Employee Sub-Account or Learner Profile prior to registering, if you don't have one yet.

Sponsored by:

Chemical Immobilization Training for California ACOs

August 1, 2024
In-Person: 8am – 5:30pm
Newport Beach, CA

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

8 CEs

Join an upcoming in-person event:

Thursday, August 1, 8:00am-5:30pm 

Hosted by Newport Beach Police Department

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

Sponsored by:

San Diego Humane Academy (Basic)

Check back for new dates

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

Check  their website for new 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.

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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 on separate invoices.

  • The recordings are available to everyone. Sign-in to your Employee Sub-Account or Learner Profile to register. (Try your work email as your username.)

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

Animal Cruelty Workshop

Courtroom Testimony

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

Interview & Interrogation

Professional Handling and Capture of Dogs

Venomous Snake Safety

Animal Cruelty/Veterinary Forensics: Case Studies

De-Escalation & Crisis Management

Furensics: Animal DNA in Criminal Investigations

Penal Code Section 597.1 Pre and Post Seizure

Professional Handling and Capture of Small Animals

Best Practices for Coyote Response

Equine Humane Case Investigations: From Corral to Courtroom

Horses, Cattle, Small Ruminant Series

Pet Shop Inspections, Traveling Animal Exhibits,
Rodeos and More

Recognizing and Understanding Bias for the Animal Welfare Professional

Client Mental Health, Case Studies, and Animal Hoarding

Farm Animals - Husbandry and Handling

Illegal Blood "Sports"

2.5 CEs

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

Search Warrant Basics

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 9:00am-2:30pm

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

Contact Renee for location and details.


  • May 22, 9:00-5:30 and hands-on May 24, 9:00-1:00 in Merced  Email Kim to Register

  • June 18, 9:00-5:30 and hands-on June 20, 9:00-1:00 in Fresno  Email Kim to Register

  • Contact Kim for more workshops in June, August and October:

Contact Kim for location and details.


Kim Lanham-Snyder, Certified Euthanasia Instructor | 

Renee Harris, Top2Cats Consulting |


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