California Animal Care Conference
Animal Law Enforcement Training Academy (Basic)
Enforcement Training Academy (Advanced)
Animal Care Conference 2015
Sacramento, CA: March 8-10, 2015
Each year, SHAC joins forces with the California Animal Control Directors Association (CACDA) and the
Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) to host the California Animal Care
Conference. The Conference features tracks on Shelter Medicine,
Management, Behavior & Training, Shelter Services, and Field Services.
Education credits available at the conference:
Visit the Conference website for more details.
Animal Law Enforcement Training Academy
The Marin Humane
Society (Novato, CA): March 16-27, 2015 [Registration begins Dec. 10]
San Diego Humane Society and SPCA: September 2015
Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy includes 80 hours
(ten days) of study on such topics as animal care, impound
procedures, animal fighting, elements of a crime, investigation,
rules of evidence, law enforcement, report writing, search and
seizure, laws of arrest, the veterinarian‘s role, legal procedures,
court demeanor and testifying, civil and criminal liability, humane
laws, and child abuse. The Academy is intended to provide the
20 hours of training in animal care required for appointment as a
humane officer and the 40 hours of training in California humane
laws related to the powers and duties of a humane officer required
for appointment and continuing education and training as a humane officer under
California Corporations Code section 14502. Please note that
the final decision as to whether a course satisfies the training
requirements for humane officer appointment rests with
the superior court charged with confirming the appointment.
Animal Law Enforcement Training Academy (Advanced)
The Marin Humane Society (Novato, CA):
April 12-17, 2015 [Registration begins Dec. 10]
San Diego Humane Society and SPCA: October 2015
The Advanced Law Enforcement Training
Academy is an intensive forty-hour study of investigation procedures
as they relate to California anti-cruelty and anti-neglect laws.
The Academy includes topics such as search warrants,
evidence collection and preservation, crime scene photography,
advanced report-writing, court case preparations, and crime scene
Students should be prepared to conduct an actual investigation, take
photographs, write reports, collect evidence, testify, and
participate in a mock court hearing and trial. The Academy
is intended to provide the 40 hours of training in California humane laws related
to the powers and duties of a humane officer required for
continuing education and training as a humane officer under California Corporations Code
SHAC hosts quarterly webinar courses which provide interactive presentations broadcast online.
No webinars are scheduled at this time.
In California, generally
only a registered veterinary technician (RVT) or a
veterinarian may administer sodium pentobarbital for the
euthanasia of sick, injured, homeless or unwanted
domestic pets or animals. However, an exception
exists for employees of animal-control agencies or
humane societies who have completed a curriculum of at
least eight hours of training as specified in the Euthanasia Training Curriculum
published by State
Humane and the California Animal Control Directors
Association (CACDA). The training must be provided
by a veterinarian, RVT, or instructor certified by State
Humane and CACDA.
Order the California Euthanasia Training Curriculum
Euthanasia by Injection
A two-day hands-on workshop which covers anesthetics, legend drugs, anatomy, verification of death and worker safety. Also includes dealing with stress and performing intravenous, intraperitoneal and intracardiac injections.
[No classes scheduled at this time.]