Level 3: Expert Animal Cruelty Investigator – Virtual


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.

Note the start times for this course in your time zone. 
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

COST: $585.00 per person

Online registrations require credit card payment or request for agency invoicing.

Check payment can be made with Printable Registration Form.

  • 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. 

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
Case building: The team approach
Blood sports
Internet crimes

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