Cruelty Investigation Training

Courses Offered in Investigating Animal Cruelty

Code 3 Associates offer a number of courses in animal cruelty investigations – from overview courses to in-depth academies.

Classes Include
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The Equine Investigations Academy (EIA) provides training in the different aspects of horse abuse investigations. This weeklong in-residence academy uses classroom and hands-on instruction with a large number of horses to teach a systematic approach for equine cruelty investigators.

For more information visit our Equine Investigations Academy page.

The Essential Animal Services Training (EAST), updated from the former NACHO Academy, provides a multi-tiered learning experience that focuses on in-person practical training. This curriculum provides law enforcement and animal welfare/animal control personnel with training that equips them with the tools needed for duties in animal control and animal cruelty investigations.

For more information please visit our Essential Animal Services Training page.

This course provides an in-depth look at animal cruelty case investigations – from start to finish. It covers from the initial complaint through the proper filing of your case with the prosecutor.  Students will receive traditional classroom instruction accompanied by daily work processing one of four “cruelty scenes”.  Coaches will be assisting through process and investigation with each scene.

For more information, visit our Animal Cruelty Case Investigation page.


This introductory course is designed for first responders, animal control officers, humane investigators, law enforcement, and others that are involved in, or interested in becoming involved in, livestock cruelty investigations and/or deal with livestock in the course of their duties.  It combines lecture and hands-on to provide the student with a solid foundation in dealing with complaints/concerns regarding livestock, with an emphasis on horses.  Topics include animal identification, animal handling, general nutrition, veterinary care, general anatomy, appropriate husbandry, situational awareness, and conflict de-escalation.

Most of these classes are taught in partnership with Colorado State University for certification. Upon successful completion of eligible courses, students will receive a certificate and are eligible to apply for continuing education credits from Colorado State University. Veterinary professionals may apply to receive CEUs from Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The Livestock Cruelty Investigation course is an introductory course that does not provide credentialing through CSU.


Dates, Location, Cost

EAST offered nationally More information
Livestock Cruelty Investigation Statesville, NC September 19-20 $350 cancelled
Livestock Cruelty Investigation Marietta, GA September 26-27 $350 cancelled
EIA II Durango, CO May 2021 More Information
EIA I Durango, CO August 2021 More Information


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