National Animal Control & Humane Officer Academy (NACHO)

Certified Animal Control and Cruelty Investigation Training

Code 3 Associates and National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA) have formed a partnership to deliver a new higher standard in animal care and cruelty investigation training. This partnership will streamline and continue to set the standard for the way animal control, law enforcement and humane officers receive training by combining Code 3’s Cruelty Investigators Academy and NACA’s National Animal Control Officer Training Academy.

The National Animal Control & Humane Officer Academy (NACHO) 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.

The NACHO Academy, 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
Basic Companion Animal Identification
Search & Seizure, including Juveniles & Liability
Biosecurity & Zoonoses, including Rabies & Quarantine
Vet Evaluations and Injury Assessment
Investigative Report Writing
Safety and Survival in the Field
Interview & Behavior Analysis
Stress Management
Animal Capture Techniques
Companion Animal Behavior

Module B Topics May Include
Animal Fighting
Animals As Evidence
Physical Evidence Documentation
Tense Argument & Confrontation Tactics
Commercial Animal Sales
Ritualistic Animal Crimes
Basic Nutrition
Livestock ID & Behavior
Livestock Investigations
Case and Trial Preparation
Sworn Testimony (Practical)
Body Condition Scoring
Demographic Attitudes

Module C Topics May Include
Large Scale Impounds
Disaster Planning
Animal Hoarders (with tabletop exercise)
Illegal Drug Labs
High Volume Breeders
The Cycle of Violence
Handling Exotics & Wildlife
Exotic Animal Investigations
Hispanic Diversity
Spanish for the Professional
Case Studies

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

Upon completion of Modules A, B, and C participants will be dual certified as a NACA Certified Animal Control Officer and a Code 3 Associates Certified Cruelty Investigator. The NACA certification requires successful completion of only Modules A and B.

This academy is taught in partnership with Colorado State University for certification, 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.

To become a Code 3 Associates Certified Cruelty Investigator, students may apply previous credits from Code 3’s Cruelty Investigators Academy or from LETI’s National Cruelty Investigations School (only if NCIS training was completed prior to June 2010).

The faculty may include Gary P. Maddox Ph.D., Charlotte J. Robinson D.V.M., Jim Boller, Gino Jimenez, Krista Kurvers, Debby MacDonald and Nan M. Stuart.

Dates and Locations
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Module A Oct 10-14, 2016 Seattle, WA  Seattle Flyer Register Online
Module A Nov 14-18, 2016 Memphis, TN  Memphis Flyer Register Online
Module B Oct 3-7, 2016 Sacramento, CA  Sacramento Flyer Register Online
Module B Oct 31-Nov 4, 2016 Dallas, TX  Dallas Flyer Register Online
Module B Dec 5-9, 2016 Longmont, CO  Longmont Flyer Register Online
Module C Oct 24-28, 2016 Kannapolis, NC  Kannapolis Flyer Register Online