Investigator Certification Courses

The American Animal Cruelty Investigations School offers four primary investigator certification courses, canine & feline, equine, livestock, and exotic and reptiles. These four certification courses make up the 160-hour AACIS animal cruelty investigator certification.

Professional Canine & Feline Investigations

The Professional Animal Cruelty Investigator: Canine and Feline Investigations course is a 40-hour course that provides officers with the necessary skills and resources to conduct effective cruelty investigations involving crimes against canine and feline animals. This course includes block training in dangerous dog investigations, hoarding investigations, dogfighting investigations, neglect and intentional cruelty investigations, legal environment, crime scene processing, and zoonotic diseases.

Professional Equine Investigations

The Professional Animal Cruelty Investigator: Equine Investigations course is a 40-hour course that provides officers with the necessary skills and resources to conduct effective cruelty investigations involving crimes against equine animals. This course includes block training in equine podiatry, equine dental, animal welfare assessments, legal environment, equine crime scene processing, and common zoonotic diseases.

Professional Livestock Investigations

The Professional Animal Cruelty Investigator: Livestock Investigations course is a 40-hour course that provides officers with the necessary skills and resources to conduct effective cruelty investigations involving crimes against various livestock animals (cows, goats, pigs, sheep, chickens, llamas, alpacas, emus, rheas, etc.). This course includes block training in animal knowledge, animal welfare assessments, legal environment, equine crime scene processing, capture and handling techniques, and common zoonotic diseases.

Professional Exotics and Reptile Investigations

The Professional Animal Cruelty Investigator: Exotics and Reptile Investigations course is a 40-hour course that provides officers with the necessary skills and resources to conduct effective cruelty investigations involving crimes against exotic birds, mammals, and reptiles. This course includes block training in animal knowledge, standards of care, animal welfare assessments, legal environment, capture and handling techniques.