The ASPCA's anti-cruelty e-learning program includes the following self-paced, free online courses. Register once for all three courses.
NEW: Animal control officers in Texas seeking continuing education should click here to register.(* Notes that the course has been approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) continuing education (CE)):
Underwritten by the US Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and developed as an accompaniment to the manual The Dogfighting Toolkit for Law Enforcement, the online course Combating Dogfighting teaches you how to detect, investigate, and take action against dogfighting within your jurisdiction.
Combating Dogfighting was developed by ASPCA anti-cruelty experts Randall Lockwood, PhD (Senior Vice President, Forensic Sciences and Anti-Cruelty Projects), and Stacy Wolf, Esq. (Vice President & Chief Legal Counsel, Humane Law Enforcement). The course runs less than two hours and includes:
Investigating Animal Abuse for Law Enforcement*Developed in conjunction with the Illinois Regional Institute of Community Policing (now the Center for Public Safety and Justice), the Investigations course assists law enforcement and animal control professionals in effectively identifying and investigating animal cruelty and neglect. The three-hour course offers a comprehensive approach to enforcing animal cruelty laws, covering:
Officer Safety - Dog Bite Prevention
This 25-minute tutorial covers recognizing forms of canine aggression, basics of canine communication, and dog bite prevention. The tutorial is based on one lesson from the 3-hour online course Investigating Animal Abuse for Law Enforcement which was developed with the Illinois Regional Institute of Community Policing (now the Center for Public Safety and Justice).