Essential Animal Services Training (EAST)

Credentialed Animal Control & Cruelty Investigations Training
Module C ‐ February 28 – March 4, 2022 ‐ Westland, MI


Essential Animal Services Training (EAST) is intended for a wide variety of professionals including animal cruelty investigators, animal control officers, veterinary professionals, animal welfare workers, members of animal rescue groups & others who are responsible for the care and control of animals and the investigation of animal cruelty cases. The EAST curriculum consists of three 40 hour modules, each providing instruction in all aspects of animal control and animal cruelty investigations. We recommend Module A be taken first, and modules B and C may be taken in any order.

Upon successful completion of this curriculum (cumulative average score of 80% or above) students will receive a certificate of completion and are eligible to apply for continuing education credits (CEUs) from Colorado State University. Veterinary professionals are eligible to apply for CEUs from Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.


MODULE C includes

  • Large Scale Impounds
  • Disaster Response Planning
  • Clandestine Labs Awareness for the ACO
  • Hazardous Environments Awareness
  • Disaster & Hazmat Scenario Tabletop Exercises
  • Leveraging Social Media
  • Bias, Culture and the ACO
  • The Cycle of Violence
  • Proactive Community Engagement
  • Identifying Exotics, Non-traditional Pets & Wildlife
  • Handling Exotics, Non-traditional Pets & Wildlife, with hands-on practical
  • Exotic Animal Investigations

Tuition, Registration & Payment

The tuition for Essential Animal Services Training Academy Modules A, B, and C is $550 per module.

For a limited time, Code 3 ACO Coalition members and  BPF National Sheltering Alliance partners will receive a $75 discount on in-person EAST classes using coupon codes “acocoalition75off21” or “sheltering75off21”. If you aren’t an ACO Coalition member or BPF National Sheltering Alliance partner, join us today!

Registration should be received at least 45 days prior to class start date.  Full payment is due by the first day of class.

Training participants will be assessed a 25% fee on any cancellation made two weeks or less prior to class date, no refunds will be issued if the cancellation is made 0-5 days prior to the training. Exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances and/or credits could be applied to future Code 3 training, please contact us regarding all cancellations.

As a result of pandemic related uncertainties, we are currently not accepting payment at the time of registration. You may bring payment with you to class or send a check through the mail, please let us know if you would like an invoice. If you wish to pay by credit card please contact us for a credit card invoice.

Please email us, info@code3associates.org, with any questions.


Location and Lodging

Essential Animal Services Training (EAST) Module C will be held from February 28 – March 4, 2022 in Westland, MI.  The class is hosted by the Michigan Humane  at their Westland Campus located at 900 N. Newburgh Road, Westland, MI 48185.  There are numerous hotels in the area, none are within walking distance.

$550.00