National Animal Control & Humane Officer Academy (NACHO)

Certified Animal Control and Cruelty Investigation Training


Code 3 Associates and National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA) work in partnership to deliver a higher standard in animal care and cruelty investigation training. This partnership streamlines and continues 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
  • Dog & Cat Identification
  • Search & Seizure, including Juveniles & Liability
  • Biosecurity & Zoonotic Diseases
  • Rabies & Quarantine
  • Vet Evaluations and Injury Assessment
  • Investigative Report Writing
  • Authority, Laws & Ordinances, Policies & Procedures
  • Interview & Behavior Analysis
  • Animal Capture & Handling
  • Companion Animal Behavior

Module B Topics May Include

  • Photography
  • Animal Fighting
  • Animal Hoarders (with tabletop exercise)
  • Cruelty Scene & Evidence Processing
  • Tense Argument & Confrontation Tactics
  • Basic Nutrition
  • Livestock ID & Behavior
  • Livestock Investigations
  • Case and Trial Preparation
  • Sworn Testimony (Practical)
  • Body Condition Scoring
  • Situational Awareness and Stress Management

Module C Topics May Include

  • Large Scale Impounds
  • Disaster Planning (with tabletop exercise)
  • Illegal Drug Labs
  • Backyard Breeders & Animals For Sale
  • The Cycle of Violence
  • Handling Exotics, Non-traditional Pets & Wildlife
  • Exotic Animal Investigations
  • Practical Scenarios
  • Exotic, Non-traditional Pets & Wildlife Identification
  • 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 have nationally recognized dual certification as a Code 3 Associates Certified Animal Cruelty Investigator and a NACA Certified Animal Control Officer. 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 Animal 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, John Howley, Brett Huff, Jace Huggins, Krista Kurvers, Belinda Lewis M.S., CAWA, Debby MacDonald, Nan M. Stuart, and Jeff Wohler.

Dates and Locations
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Covid-19 Response Code 3 Associates and NACA will always have the safety and health of those involved in our trainings at the forefront.  We have been, and will continue, to monitor the situation in regard to the impact of Covid-19.  We feel it is an unnecessary risk for people to travel, and as such many agencies are not allowing their personnel to travel.  We have extended the cancellation of our classes through May 8th, and are evaluating future classes as more information arises, as this situation has an undetermined time frame.  Please stay tuned for more information, and we will try to post updates on both websites and through social media when we know more.  Thank you for your understanding and continued interest in our training.

Module A April 13-17, 2020 Longmont, CO Cancelled
Module A May 4-8, 2020 Providence, RI Cancelled
Module A May 11-15, 2020 Chicago, IL Download Flyer Register Online
Module A June 8-12, 2020 Cleveland, OH Download Flyer Register Online
Module A October 12-16, 2020 Reno, NV Download Flyer Register Online
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 March 23-27, 2020 Columbus, IN Cancelled
Module B April 27-May 1, 2020 Leawood, KS Cancelled
Module B June 1-5, 2020 Longmont, CO Download Flyer Register Online
Module B September 21-25, 2020 Marietta, GA Download Flyer Coming Soon
Module B October 19-23, 2020 Seattle, WA Download Flyer Register Online
Module B November 16-20, 2020 Westland, MI Download Flyer Register Online
Module C April 6-10, 2020 Omaha, NE Cancelled
Module C September 14-18, 2020 Kannapolis, NC Download Flyer Register Online