Level 1: Professional Animal Cruelty Investigator - St. Louis


Founded in 1990, the National Animal Cruelty Investigations School was the first of its kind, offering a combination of specialized veterinary and law enforcement training. Students from a range of backgrounds — including federal, state and local animal cruelty officers, humane society investigators and board members, police officers and sheriffs’ deputies, court personnel and other citizens — learn from experts about all aspects of animal welfare and safety.

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: $600.00 per person; Printable Registration Form if paying by check.

  • Register 45 days in advance and receive 10% discount.
  • Group Discount: Register three students from one agency, and get additional registrations for 50 percent off the full registration fee.  Registrations must 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.

Professional Animal Cruelty Investigator curriculum includes:

Animal law
Report writing
Constitutional law
Courtroom preparation
Veterinarians and animal cruelty
Basic nutrition
Basic anatomy
Biosecurity and zoonosis
Animal handling and behavior
Interview & interrogation
The professional investigator
Breed identification
Basic photography
Officer safety/survival

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