Big Animal Resources, Needs and Sheltering (BARNS)

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Large Animal Sheltering, Behavior and Decontamination Training
June 19-20, 2021 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Class is currently full.  If you would like to be added to the waiting list please email

The BARNS course provides emergency management, ACO’s, shelter managers, first responders, and animal emergency response and volunteers a solid foundation in large animal (equines and other livestock) emergency handling and sheltering.  This course prepares agency officials and teams with the necessary tools for a smooth-running and safe operation.

Approved by VDACS for 16 hours of continuing education hours for Virginia ACO’s.
  •  Day 1 topics include identifying and building your region’s emergency response capability, emergency sheltering operations, large animal behavior and handling, large animal decontamination overview and more.
  • Day 2 is hands-on practical learning with animals and a sheltering response exercise.

Multiple Locations  

  • June 19, 2021 Louisa Volunteer Fire Department Banquet Hall, 300 E. Main St, Louisa, VA.
  • June 20, 2021 Serenity Farms Equine Sanctuary, 2854 Byrd Mill Rd, Louisa, VA.


Equipment necessary for class

  • Appropriate footwear – closed toed boots
  • Long pants
  • Leather gloves
  • Clothing appropriate for outdoor conditions
  • Clipboard / pen

Registration Information

  • Class is sponsored by HALTER Project, Blue Ridge Trailers and Serenity Farm Equine Sanctuary
  • Registration is required to attend.
  • For more information Contact Ann Melle at 540-872-8335 Or Garret Leonard at 303-489-5945

Don't miss out on this class! Although online registration has ended, it may not be too late to join. We encourage you to email to inquire about registering. We look forward to helping you take the next step towards advancing your skills and training.