"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

Training Program for Animal Control Professionals
Hosted by the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter
March 12-15, 2018
Valley View, Ohio


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

Schedule of Training
Day 1
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Evidence Law and Collection
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Community Cooperation: Education and Outreach
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Understanding the "Link" in Animal Abuse
Day 3
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Taser Certification
Day 4
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Challenging Encounters in Animal Control
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Diversion: Alternative Enforcement Programs
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Sovereign Citizens
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Building a Cooperative Working Environment

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Training Program for Animal Control Professionals
Hosted by the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter
March 19-22, 2018
Valley View, Ohio


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

Schedule of Training
Day 1
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Challenging Encounters in Animal Control
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Diversion: Alternative Enforcement Programs
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Pepper Spray Certification
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Baton/Bitestick Certification
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Officer Safety and Self Defense
Day 4
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Taser Certification
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Citations, Dangerous and Vicious Declarations

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Basic Animal Control Officer Certification
Hosted by the Town of Marana Animal Services
April 2-6, 2018
Marana, Arizona


Download the brochure here: Marana Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Marana 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

Basic Animal Control Officer Certification
Hosted by the Town of Pine Plains
April 9-13, 2018
Pine Plains, New York


Download the brochure here: Pine Plains New York Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Pine Plains New York 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

Chemical Immobilization Certification
Hosted by the Town of Pine Plains
April 14, 2018
Pine Plains, New York


Download the brochure/registration form here: Pine Plains Brochure/Registration

Schedule of Training
Day 1
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Chemical Immobilization Certification

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Basic Animal Control Officer Certification
Hosted by Yuba County Animal Care Services
April 16-20, 2018
Marysville, California


Download the brochure here: Yuba County Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Yuba County 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 Beaufort County Animal Control
April 23-27, 2018
Washington, North Carolina


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

Schedule of Training
Day 1
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Chemical Immobilization Certification
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Officer Safety and Self-Defense
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Baton/Bitestick Certification
Day 4
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Investigative Techniques for Cruelty and Neglect Complaints
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 LaGrange Animal Services
April 26-27, 2018
LaGrange, Georgia


Download the brochure here: Lagrange Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: LaGrange Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Tactical/Interpersonal Communication
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Courtroom Testimony and Report Writing
Day 2
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Safe Animal Handling/Capture & Restraint Equipment

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Training Course for Animal Control Professionals
Hosted by Chatham County Animal Services
May 2-4, 2018
Pittsboro, North Carolina


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

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – A Review of Cruelty and Neglect Laws
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Illegal Animal Fighting
Day 2
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Investigative Techniques for Cruelty and Neglect Complaints
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Investigative Techniques for Cruelty and Neglect Complaints
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Animal Hoarding Investigations
Day 3
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Interview and Investigation Techniques
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Evidence Law and Collection
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Courtroom Testimony and Report Writing

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Field Training Officer Certification
Hosted by the Topeka Police Department
May 17-18, 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 – Field Training Officer Certification
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Field Training Officer Certification

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

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 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

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