"Animal Control: A program that effectively treats the symptoms while seeking to eliminate the causes by compassionately using the tools of education and enforcement." Michael Burgwin

Animal Control Officers are responsible for the enforcement of state laws, county ordinances and city codes that pertain to the care, control, treatment and licensing of domestic animals with a priority to protect public safety and animal welfare.

Training Calendar


The following list of training offers open enrollment. ACTS also offers "in-house" training (closed enrollment). In-house training allows your agency to have a “private” course for your staff only. By offering in-house training, we can more easily customize a course to the specific needs of your agency. Contact ACTS for additional information regarding in-house training.

Marin County Parks - In-House Training
Hosted by Marin County (California) Parks and Open Space

Sonoma County - In-House Training
Hosted by Sonoma County (California) Animal Services

Basic Animal Control Officer Certification
Hosted by the City of Colwich
July 9-13, 2018
Colwich, Kansas


Download the brochure here: Colwich Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Colwich Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – State Laws, County Ordinances and City Codes
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Tactical/Interpersonal Communication
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Officer Safety and Self-Defense
Day 4
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Evidence Law and Collection
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Courtroom Testimony and Report Writing
Day 5
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Safe Animal Handling/Capture and Restraint Equipment

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Shelter Technician Certification
Hosted by White County Public Safety Department
July 23-25, 2018
Cleveland, Georgia


Download the brochure here: White County Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: White County Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1 through Day 3

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Animal Care in a Sheltering Environment; Animal Disposition Options; Animal Identification: Breed and Description; Animal Shelter Maintenance; Animal Shelter Record-Keeping; Canine and Feline Behaviors and Assessments; Disease Exposures in a Sheltering Environment; Emergency Animal Sheltering; Proactive Animal Sheltering

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Baton/Bitestick Certification
Hosted by the Westminster Police Department
July 26, 2018
Westminster, California


Download the brochure/registration form here:  Westminster Brochure

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Baton/Bitestick Certification

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Comprehensive Animal Management Certification
Hosted by the North Kansas City Police Department
July 30 - August 1, 2018
North Kansas City, Missouri


Download the brochure here: NKC Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: NKC Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1 through Day 3

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Advanced Case Supervision; Basic Budget Planning; Disciplinary Investigations; Equipment, Vehicles and Operational Needs; Evaluating Staff; Interviewing and Selection; Managing Generational Employees; Meetings: Individual, Specific Groups, Entire Staff; Policy and Procedures: Review and Development; Pushing Paperwork: Reports, Memos and Correspondence; Supervising Daily Operations; Training and Staff Development; Transition from Staff to Supervisor; Workplace Harassment and Violence

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Shelter Technician Certification
Hosted by the North Kansas City Police Department
August 6-8, 2018
North Kansas City, Missouri


Download the brochure here: NKC Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: NKC Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1 through Day 3

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Animal Care in a Sheltering Environment; Animal Disposition Options; Animal Identification: Breed and Description; Animal Shelter Maintenance; Animal Shelter Record-Keeping; Canine and Feline Behaviors and Assessments; Disease Exposures in a Sheltering Environment; Emergency Animal Sheltering; Proactive Animal Sheltering

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Comprehensive Animal Management Certification
Hosted by the South Utah Valley Animal Shelter
August 13-15, 2018
Spanish Fork, Utah


Download the brochure here: Spanish Fork Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Spanish Fork Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1 through Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Advanced Case Supervision; Basic Budget Planning; Disciplinary Investigations; Equipment, Vehicles and Operational Needs; Evaluating Staff; Interviewing and Selection; Managing Generational Employees; Meetings: Individual, Specific Groups, Entire Staff; Policy and Procedures: Review and Development; Pushing Paperwork: Reports, Memos and Correspondence; Supervising Daily Operations; Training and Staff Development; Transition from Staff to Supervisor; Workplace Harassment and Violence

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Training Program for Animal Control Professionals
Hosted by the Spanish Fork Police Department
August 13-15, 2018
Spanish Fork, Utah


Download the brochure here: Spanish Fork Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Spanish Fork Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Chemical Immobilization Certification
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs; Firearms Training and Field Euthanasia
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Challenging Encounters in Animal Control; Alternative Enforcement Programs; Sovereign Citizens; Understanding the ADA and Service Animals

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Training Course for Animal Control Professionals
Hosted by Columbus Animal Control
August 20-22, 2018
Columbus, Nebraska


Download the brochure here: Columbus Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Columbus Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Tactical/Interpersonal Communication; Interview and Investigation Techniques
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Investigative Techniques for Cruelty and Neglect Complaints
Day 3
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Fitness and Nutrition/Stress Management; Understanding the ADA and Service Animals

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Chemical Immobilization Certification
Hosted by the Illinois Animal Control Association
August 24, 2018
Kankakee, Illinois


Download the brochure/registration form here: Kankakee Announcement

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Chemical Immobilization Certification

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Baton/Bitestick Certification
Hosted by the Alabama Animal Control Association
August 27, 2018
Spanish Fort, Alabama


Download the brochure/registration form here: AACA Training Announcement

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Baton/Bitestick Certification

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch


Training Program for Animal Control Professionals
Hosted by Michigan City Animal Control
September 10-14, 2018
Michigan City, Indiana


Download the brochure here: Michigan City Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Michigan City Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Officer Safety and Self-Defense
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Chemical Immobilization Certification
Day 3
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Taser Certification
Day 4
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Investigative Techniques for Cruelty and Neglect Complaints; Illegal Animal Fighting
Day 5
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Methamphetamine Identification/Animal Decontamination; Handling of Exotic, Wildlife and Agricultural Animals; Fitness and Nutrition and Stress Management; Community Cooperation:Education and Outreach; Dealing with the Media

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Oregon Animal Control Council
2018 Annual Training Conference
September 12-14, 2018
Madras, Oregon


Download the brochure/registration form here: OACC Conference Brochure

Presented by ACTS:
Day 1

Investigative Techniques for Cruelty and Neglect Complaints
Day 2
Evidence Law and Collection; Animal Hoarding Investigations; Sovereign Citizens
Day 3
Animal Control Laws and Enforcement


Training Course for Animal Control Professionals
Hosted by the Sturgis Police Department
September 17-19, 2018
Sturgis, South Dakota


Download the brochure here: Sturgis Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Sturgis Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Chemical Immobilization Certification
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Baton/Bitestick Certification
Day 3
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Pepper Spray Certification
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Education and Outreach

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Comprehensive Animal Management Certification
Hosted by White County Public Safety Department
September 24-26, 2018
Cleveland, Georgia


Download the brochure here: White County Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: White County Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1 through Day 3

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Advanced Case Supervision; Basic Budget Planning; Disciplinary Investigations; Equipment, Vehicles and Operational Needs; Evaluating Staff; Interviewing and Selection; Managing Generational Employees; Meetings: Individual, Specific Groups, Entire Staff; Policy and Procedures: Review and Development; Pushing Paperwork: Reports, Memos and Correspondence; Supervising Daily Operations; Training and Staff Development; Transition from Staff to Supervisor; Workplace Harassment and Violence

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Training Course for Animal Control Professionals
Hosted by the Nebraska Humane Society
October 1-5, 2018
Omaha, Nebraska


Download the brochure here: Omaha Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Omaha Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Interview and Investigation Techniques
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Evidence Law and Collection
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Investigative Techniques for Cruelty and Neglect Complaints
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Illegal Animal Fighting
Day 4
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Tactical/Interpersonal Communication
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Sovereign Citizens
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Challenging Encounters in Animal Control
Day 5
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Safe Animal Handling/ Capture and Restraint Equipment
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Training Program for Animal Control Professionals
Hosted by the Topeka Police Department
October 8-10, 2018
Topeka, Kansas


Download the brochure here: Topeka Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Topeka Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations
Evidence Law and Collection
Courtroom Testimony and Report Writing
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tactical and Interpersonal Communication
Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Safe Animal Handling/Capture/Restraint Equipment
Sovereign Citizens
Challenging Encounters in Animal Control

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch


Shelter Technician Certification
Hosted by Livingston County Animal Control
October 10-12, 2018
Pontiac, Illinois


Download the brochure here: Livingston County Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Livingston County Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1 through Day 3

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Animal Care in a Sheltering Environment; Animal Disposition Options; Animal Identification: Breed and Description; Animal Shelter Maintenance; Animal Shelter Record-Keeping; Canine and Feline Behaviors and Assessments; Disease Exposures in a Sheltering Environment; Emergency Animal Sheltering; Proactive Animal Sheltering

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Training Program for Animal Control Professionals
Hosted by Maricopa County Animal Care and Control
October 16-18, 2018
Phoenix, Arizona


Download the brochure here: Maricopa County Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Maricopa County Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations
Evidence Law and Collection
Courtroom Testimony and Report Writing
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tactical and Interpersonal Communication
Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Safe Animal Handling/Capture/Restraint Equipment
Sovereign Citizens
Challenging Encounters in Animal Control

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Basic Animal Control Officer Certification
Hosted by Pueblo of Isleta Animal Control
October 22-26, 2018
Albuquerque, NM


Download the brochure here: Pueblo of Isleta Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Pueblo of Isleta Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – State Laws, County Ordinances and City Codes
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Tactical/Interpersonal Communication
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Officer Safety and Self-Defense
Day 4
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Evidence Law and Collection
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Courtroom Testimony and Report Writing
Day 5
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Safe Animal Handling/Capture and Restraint Equipment

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Training Course for Animal Control Professionals
Hosted by Westminster Animal Management
November 29, 2018
Westminster, Colorado


Download the brochure/registration form here: Westminster November Training

Schedule of Training
Day 1
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Understanding the “Link” in Animal Abuse

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Comprehensive Animal Management Certification
Hosted by Cullman County Animal Control
January 14-16, 2019
Cullman, Alabama


Download the brochure here: Cullman Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Cullman Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1 through Day 3

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Advanced Case Supervision; Basic Budget Planning; Disciplinary Investigations; Equipment, Vehicles and Operational Needs; Evaluating Staff; Interviewing and Selection; Managing Generational Employees; Meetings: Individual, Specific Groups, Entire Staff; Policy and Procedures: Review and Development; Pushing Paperwork: Reports, Memos and Correspondence; Supervising Daily Operations; Training and Staff Development; Transition from Staff to Supervisor; Workplace Harassment and Violence

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Shelter Technician Certification
Hosted by Jessamine County Animal Care and Control
February 25-27, 2019
Nicholasville, Kentucky


Download the brochure here: Jessamine County Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Jessamine County Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1 through Day 3

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Animal Care in a Sheltering Environment; Animal Disposition Options; Animal Identification: Breed and Description; Animal Shelter Maintenance; Animal Shelter Record-Keeping; Canine and Feline Behaviors and Assessments; Disease Exposures in a Sheltering Environment; Emergency Animal Sheltering; Proactive Animal Sheltering

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch


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