Level 3: Expert Animal Cruelty Investigator - Online (Virtual)


In 1990, faculty and staff at the Law Enforcement Training Institute identified a lack of training for animal cruelty investigators and developed a first level of training in November. We added a second level in March 1993 and a third level in March 1996. In 2011, the three levels were renamed to the following components: Professional Animal Cruelty Investigator, Advanced Animal Cruelty Investigator and Expert Animal Cruelty Investigator. A fourth component, Master Animal Cruelty Investigator is scheduled to be added to the curriculum.

Since 1990, members of more than 1,000 agencies in the United States and Canada have attended the school. A national faculty developed the curriculum and has been involved in all components of the school.

The program has three different components (Professional-Advanced-Expert) that should be taken in order. Registration preference will go to investigators with active investigations.  Due to the nature of the business, topics discussed and videos shown during the schools will have graphic content and may not be suitable for everyone.  Continuing Education - Participants with a grade of 70% or more on the written examination will receive a certificate of completion and 40 continuing education units. 

COST: $585.00 per person Online registrations require credit card payment or request for agency invoicing. If your agency needs to be invoiced, register online and then provide a purchase order or letter of authorization as directed. 

Check payment can be made with Printable Registration Form. A 20 percent nonrefundable fee will be assessed on any cancellation made within 30 days prior of the start of the program. 

  • Group Discount: Register three students at full price from one agency and all additional registrations receive 50% off full registration fee. Registrations must all be submitted together, and all registrants must attend to qualify.
  • Agency Discount: Any agency that mandates the National Animal Cruelty Investigations Training in their policies and procedures will receive a 20% discount. Contact [email protected] / 573-882-6021 for approval and discount code.
  • PetSmart Discount: A current employee with PetSmart can receive a discount on event registration. Contact [email protected] / 573-882-6021 for approval and discount code.
  • Discount codes cannot be combined.

Expert Animal Cruelty Investigator curriculum includes: 

  • Ritual animal crimes
  • Relationship of animal abuse and family violence
  • Animal sexual abuse
  • Disaster response
  • Large scale impounds
  • Traveling shows
  • Exotic animals
  • Hoarders
  • Case building: The team approach
  • Networking
  • Diversity
  • Blood sports
  • Internet crimes

Class Start Time: 

4:30 a.m. - Alaskan Time

5:30 a.m. -  Pacific Time

6:30 a.m. – Mountain Time

7:30 a.m.  – Central Time

8:30 a.m. – Eastern Time

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