Resources and Reference Materials

Additional Resources for Code 3 Trainings & Academies

Code 3 instructors are always finding new information and support materials for our classes. In an effort to better serve our past, present and future students we are providing many of our class support materials online. Our students will have current resources that can be accessed from anywhere, anytime, even when we are not available. This will allow our students to be able to provide current accurate information to the animal owners they deal with daily. This helps reduce our environmental impact and our notebook printing costs, which saves money and time. It also helps the students update their notebooks or replace lost information.

These resources are intended to supplement materials provided in our classes and academies; they are not a substitute for taking the courses and obtaining certification from Colorado State University. For information about our course offerings, please visit our Training page and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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General Information
Breed Identification – and
PetFinder Pro –
Colorado State University Veterinary Extension –
State Agricultural/Extension offices
CDC National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Veterinary Safety and Health
APHIS USDA Factsheets –

Animal Fighting
APHIS – The Animal Welfare Act Provisions on Animal Fighting
American Pit Bull Registry – American Pit Bull Terrier Breed History
Finch Fighting: A New Breed of Animal Cruelty

Basic Animal Identification
Breed Identification – and
American Kennel Club Foundation Stock Service Breeds

Body Condition Scoring
Purdue University – Body Condition Scoring in Farm Animals

Commercial Animal Sales
APHIS – Compliance Inspections
USDA Presss Release – Retail Pet Sales Final Rule
Licensing and Registration Under the Animal Welfare Act
Animal Care Guidelines for the Retail Pet Industry

Disaster Planning
Law of the Jungle: ABA pushes for model act setting standards for treatment of pets in disasters
State and Federal Disaster Planning Laws and Pets
CDC Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers from Livestock and Poultry Wastewater and Sludge During and After Floods
CDC Interim Guidance on Health and Safety Hazards When Working with Displaced Domestic Animals

Exotics and Non-traditional Pets
Care Guidelines for Common Non-typical Pets
APHIS Factsheet – Animal Welfare Act Guidelines for County and State Fairs
APHIS Licensing and Registration Under the Animal Welfare Act

USDA Animal Care Resource Policy Guide
USDA Position Statement: Large Wild and Exotic Cats Make Dangerous Pets
USDA Presss Release – Retail Pet Sales Final Rule
Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council
Zoological Association of America

High Volume Breeders
USDA Presss Release – Retail Pet Sales Final Rule

Animal Hoarding Monitoring Project Case Report Form
Opening the Closed Door – Strategies for Coping with Animal Hoarders
Handling Animal Collectors: Interventions that Work
TUFTS Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium
Children of Hoarders
People Who Hoard Animals
Hoarding of Animals: An Under-Recognized Public Health Problem in a Difficult to Study Population

Knots and Animal Rescue Equipment
Animated Knots – Learn to tie knots
Anderson Sling – Products to care for disabled animals
Hast Large Animal Rescue Equipment
4Hooves Large Animal Services

Link of Family Violence and Animal Cruelty
Animal Legal Defense Fund
Michigan State University: Animal Legal & Historical Center
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Childhood Cruelty to Animals: Assessing Cruelty Dimensions and Motivations
First Strike: The Violence Connection
A Humane Garden of Children, Plants, and Animals Grows in Sonoma County, California
Veterinarians Duty to Report Cruelty: A Nationwide Guide (state by state)
Emerging Veterinary Medical Law Part Two
Confidentiality of Veterinary Patient Records (state by state)
New Resource Enables Animal Control Officers to Report Animal Cruelty to FBI

Your Dog’s Nutritional Needs: A Science-Based Guide for Pet Owners
Your Cat’s Nutritional Needs: A Science-Based Guide for Pet Owners
AAHA Nutritional Assessment Guidelines for Dogs and Cats
Refeeding Malnourished Horses
Horses’ Behavior and Welfare Negatively Impacted by Low-Fiber Diets
Nutrition and Feeding of the Cow-Calf Herd: Digestive System of the Cow
Ratite Nutrition and Feeding
Pot-Bellied Pig Nutrition

Legal Ramifications of Digital Imaging in Law Enforcement
The Admissibility of Digital Photographs in Court

Search & Seizure – Rules of Evidence
Exclusionary Rule Case Briefs
The Inevitable Discovery Exception, Primary Evidence, and the Emasculation of the Fourth Amendment
Cornell University Law School – Legal Information Institute ‎‎‎‎

Zoonotic Diseases
Baylisascaris Infection – Raccoon Roundworm Infection
Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control
AVMA Preventing Zoonotic Diseases


Equine Specific Resources

Anatomy & Podiatry
American Quarter Horse Association Anatomy
Horse Health Care – No Foot No Horse: Laminitis Fact Sheet
Physical Exam of the Horse Hoof

Aging Horses By Teeth
Equine Teeth & Eruption Age
Cross Section of An Incisor
Does Your Horse Need A Dentist?
Determining Age of Horses by Their Teeth

Auctions and Rescues
The Plight of the Unwanted Horse: Scope of the Problem
Rehabilitating the Neglected Horse: A Caregiver’s Guide
AAEP Care Guidelines for Equine Rescue and Retirement Facilities
Legalities of Equine Rescue
Horses Seized From Another Colorado Rescue

Athletic Abuses
A Win at Any Cost?
Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Equine Welfare Code of Conduct
APHIS The Horse Protection Act
Mystery in the Bluegrass: Who Poisoned the Horses?
Conditioning the Competitive Trail Horse
The Race Where Horses Die
NFR: Rodeo Does Vegas
Rodeo Horses
Polo 101

Biosecurity & Vet Care
Equine Veterinary Care Glossary of Terms
AAEP Horse Health by Topic
Thermoregulation and Electrolyte Management in the Endurance Horse
Cardiac Recovery Index: Appropriate Use of the CRI and How to Avoid Inappropriate Use
Heat Dissipation and Dehydration
Common Problems and Their Signs
Biosecurity Risk Calculator, FAQ and Other Tools
The Horse Health Check: A Systematic Method of Examination
The Horse Health Check Diagram and Form
Strangles: New Millennium, Same Disease
APHIS Horse Disease Information
APHIS Factsheet: Vesicular Stomatitis
APHIS Factsheet: Equine Viral Arteritis
APHIS Factsheet: Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis
Current Facts About Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis (HYPP)
Pigeon Fever
Guidelines for the Emergency Euthanasia of Equine (Guidelines for Cattle also listed)
Recognizing Pain on a Horse’s Face
Equine Vaccination Cheat Sheet
Vaccination Planner
Tying-Up Syndrome

Dealing With Questionable Professionals
Chiropractic – What Is It? – How Does It Work? – How Do I Find a Competent Chiropractor?

Equine Psychology
Horse Safety: Catching, Leading & Grooming
Effective Communication

Livestock Drinking Water Quality
Selecting Quality Horse Hay
Feeds for Light Horses
How to Read a Feed Label
Nutritional Management of Metabolic Diseases; Kentucky Equine Research
Feeding Broodmares and Foals