California Animal Care Conference
Animal Law Enforcement Training Academy (Basic)
Enforcement Training Academy (Advanced)
Animal Care Conference 2018
Long Beach, CA: March 11-13, 2018
Each year, SHAC joins forces with the California Animal Control Directors Association (CACDA) 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
(Novato, CA): March TBD, 2018
San Diego Humane Society and SPCA: October 16-27, 2017 [More information]
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)
Marin Humane (Novato, CA):
April TBD, 2018
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.
Penal Code Section 597.1 – From Every Angle
This exciting session is intended for anyone involved in using, enforcing, defending, counseling or litigating California Penal Code Section 597.1—an extremely valuable tool for municipalities, animal services agencies, humane societies, SPCAs, and their lawyers. This code section provides multiple benefits and opportunities when dealing with seized, abandoned, neglected, abused, dangerous, and stray animals. During this daylong seminar a panel of experts with a combined experience of over 100 years in the field will dissect, explain, and explore the law in detail.
This program will include in-depth case studies; input from a hearing officer who has presided over many post-seizure hearings; and presentations by a nationally recognized expert animal law attorney and two long-time animal services managers. It will help attendees understand the impact and specifics of this very important and progressive tool applicable to a wide variety of animal protection and seizure cases. The presenters will share their experience and knowledge from the field and the courtroom, providing attendees with fresh insights into this complex statute.
Click here for more details about this course and the instructors' biographies.
Dates and Locations:
** November 4, 2017 9:30 am – 4 pm
Marin Humane 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd, Novato, CA 94949
PLEASE NOTE: The Nov. 4th class is full. All registrations submitted after 10/17/17 will be put on a waiting list. We will notify you on Oct. 30th if there is space for additional attendees.
** December 2, 2017 9:30 am – 4 pm
P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village & Education Center
7700 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, CA 90815
REGISTRATION: Register Online
INSTRUCTORS: Henry Brzezinski, El Dorado County Animal Services; Harold Holmes, Los Angeles County Animal Services; Captain Cindy Machado, Marin Humane; Bruce Wagman, Schiff Hardin
COST: $25 for CACDA and SHAC member agencies (including affiliated city attorneys/county counsels) / $75 for non-members
PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED TO: humane officers, animal control officers, shelter manager/directors, prosecutors, county counsels, city attorneys and private attorneys (who represent humane societies/SPCAs with animal control/humane officers)
** Humane Officers - This course is intended to provide 5.5 hours of training in state humane laws relating to the powers and duties of a humane officer.
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.
November 5-6, 2017 - Auburn, CA
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Nov 30-Dec 1, 2017 - Novato, CA
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