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.
Many of the topics included in this academy can be taught as stand-alone courses. Please contact us if you are interested.
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
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 CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
Upon completion of Modules A and B participants will be qualified as a Code 3 Associates Certified Animal Control Officer, completion of Modules A,B and C offers credentialing as a Certified Animal Cruelty Investigator, and the addition of both levels of Equine Investigations Academy will culminate with Master Animal Cruelty Investigator certification. Credits from previous Code 3 humane officer/cruelty investigations academies may apply. Learn More
Code 3 Associates is an approved provider of content which enhances professional competence and aligns with the 5 domains of the Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) Exam specifications. Every hour of training equals 1 CE towards CAWA Recertification.
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 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.
Code 3 is adapting to the ever-changing learning environment, and now offers EAST Academy Modules A & B for online class attendance. Participants are able to attend class through a GoToMeeting portal and participate as if they are sitting in the classroom. Virtual attendees will be required to take daily tests, attend the full class sessions and complete an additional project . Please contact us for further information.
EAST Module A
Apr 19 - Apr 23
EAST Module B
Apr 26 - Apr 30
EAST Module A
May 10 - May 14
EAST Module B
Jun 14 - Jun 18
EAST Module A
Sep 27 - Oct 1
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