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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.

CalAnimals Officer Academy

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

Hosted by CalAnimals

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: La Mesa, CA
January 9-20, 2023, 8am-5pm

Hosted by The United States Service Command, Animal Rescue Services

Flyer, if available

**New 2023 date! Enroll today! 

January 9th-20th, 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.

Interview & Interrogation

Live Zoom Workshop
February 2 & 3, 2023
9:00am - 1:00pm

Hosted by CalAnimals

Flyer, if available

George Olivo, FBI Special Agent (Retired) is presenting his outstanding Interview and Interrogation course for our Animal Control Officers and Humane Officers. This 8-hour course held over a period of two days will cover a variety of topics to help you get the truth during your investigations. 

Topics include building instant rapport, compliance, detecting deception, how to structure your interrogation, and more!

$75 - Open to staff of agencies that are current members of CalAnimals

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

Recording will be available for 60 days.

*This workshop is limited to members. Please sign-in to register or email for help.

Forensic Photography: Provide Your Prosecutor with the Quality Photography They Need to Accept and Win Your Case

Live Zoom Workshop
Thursday, February 9

Hosted by CalAnimals

Flyer, if available

The photographic compilation of the animal cruelty case should provide a permanent record of the scene and tell the story so professionally that it “sells” the case to your prosecutor. Your photography will compliment your full investigative package but only if completed systematically and handled properly to maintain admissibility. This session will cover equipment, the basic rules of animal cruelty crime scene photography and videography, and appropriate handling of images to maintain chain of custody. We will discuss image capture from the scene in the field through transport, exams, and housing of animals in your shelter. The objective is a case your prosecutor will be proud to carry for you.

$35 NonMembers

$25 Staff of CalAnimals' Member Agencies

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

Recording will be available for 60 days.

Animal Cruelty & Veterinary Forensics: A "Postmortem" on Case Studies

Live Zoom Workshop
Thursday, March 23

Hosted by CalAnimals

Flyer, if available

Don't miss this important session with veterinary forensics expert Dr. Jennifer Woolf. In these lectures we will perform a “postmortem” on cases: a look back to see what went right and what we can learn for the future. Although the lectures will be aimed at animal control officers, all members of the veterinary forensics team (veterinarians, shelter directors, prosecutors, law enforcement) are invited.

$35 NonMembers

$25 Staff of CalAnimals' Member Agencies

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

Recording will be available for 60 days.

Chemical Immobilization Training for California ACOs

In-Person: 8am – 5pm
Irvine, March 2, 2023

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Academy in collaboration with CalAnimals

Hurry - only a few slots remain! 

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, March 2, 8:00am-5:00pm - Hosted at Irvine Police Department

     Early Registration ends: 2/15/23 General Registration ends: 2/23/22

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

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.

Upcoming Trainings

Upcoming Trainings

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Recorded Trainings

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

Farm Animals - Husbandry and Handling

Pet Shop Inspections, Traveling Animal Exhibits,
Rodeos and More

Client Mental Health, Case Studies, and Animal Hoarding

Horses, Cattle, Small Ruminant Series

Professional Handling and Capture of Dogs

Courtroom Testimony

Illegal Blood "Sports"

2.5 CEs

Professional Handling and Capture of Small Animals

Equine Humane Case Investigations: From Corral to Courtroom

Penal Code Section 597.1 Pre and Post Seizure

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 9-12:30

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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