Essential Animal Services Training (EAST)

Credentialed Animal Control and Cruelty Investigation Training

It doesn’t take a pandemic to know how essential Animal Control Officers, Investigators, and Animal Welfare Professionals are to their communities. 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, not only for duties in animal control, but also animal cruelty investigations.

Essential Animal Services Training, consisting of 120 hours total, will provide instruction in most aspects of animal control and animal cruelty investigations. Module A should be taken first, but can be followed by the remaining modules in any order.

Module A Topics May Include

  • The Professional & Ethical Officer
  • Canine & Feline Identification
  • Search & Seizure, including Juveniles & Liability
  • Biosecurity & Zoonotic Diseases
  • Rabies & Quarantine
  • Injury Assessments & Veterinary Evaluations
  • Investigative Report Writing
  • Authority, Laws & Ordinances, Policies & Procedures
  • Interview & Behavior Analysis
  • Companion Animal Capture & Handling
  • Canine & Feline Behavior

Module B Topics May Include

  • Animal Cruelty Forensic Photography
  • Animal Fighting
  • Animal Hoarders (with tabletop exercise)
  • Cruelty Scene & Evidence Processing
  • Tense Argument & Confrontation Tactics
  • Basic Nutrition
  • Livestock ID & Behavior
  • Livestock Investigations
  • Courtroom Testimony (with Practical)
  • Body Condition Scoring of Dogs & Cats
  • Situational Awareness and Stress Management

Module C Topics May Include

  • Large Scale Impounds
  • Disaster Response Planning
  • Clandestine Labs Awareness
  • Hazardous Materials Awareness
  • Leveraging Social Media
  • Gender & Sexuality Awareness
  • The Cycle of Violence
  • Identifying Exotics, Non-traditional Pets & Wildlife
  • Handling Exotics, Non-traditional Pets & Wildlife (with hands-on practical)
  • Exotic Animal Investigations
  • Scenario Tabletop Exercises & Practical Scenarios

Many of the topics included in this academy can be taught as stand-alone courses, please contact us if you are interested.


This academy is taught in partnership with Colorado State University. Upon successful completion, 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.

Upon completion of Modules A, B, and C participants will be credentialed as a Code 3 Associates Certified Animal Cruelty Investigator. Since this course is updated from the former NACHO Academy, those credits may apply towards credentialing.

This training is accepted by Texas DHS for their ACO certification. If your state requires official approval of training to meet your certification needs, please contact us so we may pursue gaining appropriate approval.

The faculty may include Jim Boller, Janee Boswell, John Howley, Brett Huff, Jace Huggins, Krista Kurvers, Belinda Lewis M.S., CAWA, Debby MacDonald, Charlotte J. Robinson D.V.M., and Nan M. Stuart.

Dates and Locations

You may register online with Code 3 Associates or download and submit a registration form.

Module A October 12-16, 2020 Reno, NV Download Flyer Register Online
Module A November 2-6, 2020 Chicago, IL cancelled
Module A November 9-13, 2020 Jackson, MS Download Flyer Register Online
Module A Nov 30-Dec 4, 2020 Las Vegas, NV Download Flyer Register Online
Module B October 19-23, 2020 Seattle, WA cancelled
Module B November 16-20, 2020 Westland, MI Download Flyer Register Online