"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 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

Training Course for Animal Control Professionals
Hosted by the City of Webster Animal Control
May 7-11, 2018
Webster, Texas


Continuing Education (CE) Training Approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services, Zoonosis Control Branch

Download the brochure here: Webster Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Webster 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
Day 3
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Challenging Encounters in Animal Control
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Alternative Enforcement Programs
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Community Cooperation: Education and Outreach
Day 4
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Fitness and Nutrition/Stress Management
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Performing Animal Exhibitor Inspections
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Sovereign Citizens
Day 5
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Understanding the “Link” in Animal Abuse

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Training Program for Animal Control Professionals
Hosted by Long Beach Animal Care Services
May 15-16, 2018
Long Beach, California


Download the brochure here: Long Beach Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Long Beach Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Tactical/Interpersonal Communication
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Officer Safety and Self-Defense

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Training Program for Animal Control Professionals
Hosted by Long Beach Animal Care Services
May 17-18, 2018
Long Beach, California


Download the brochure here: Long Beach Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Long Beach Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Tactical/Interpersonal Communication
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Officer Safety and Self-Defense

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

Chemical Immobilization Certification
Hosted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
May 30, 2018
Golden, Colorado


Download the brochure/registration form here: Jefferson County Brochure

Schedule of Training
Day 1

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

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Training Program for Animal Control Professionals
Hosted by McCracken County Government
June 4-5, 2018
Paducah, Kentucky


Download the brochure/registration form here: McCracken County Brochure

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM – Chemical Immobilization Certification
Day 2
8:00 AM to 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

Basic Animal Control Officer Certification
Hosted by the Southwestern Community College - Public Safety Training Div.
June 4-8, 2018
Franklin, North Carolina


Download the brochure here: Franklin NC Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Franklin NC 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 Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department
June 11-15, 2018
Lincoln, Nebraska


Download the brochure here: Lincoln Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Lincoln 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 Michigan City Animal Control
June 18-22, 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 – 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 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

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 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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