Annual Humane Officer Training – September 18-22, 2017

Attention Law Enforcement Officers!  Many Wisconsin areas do not have an appointed humane officer, but it’s in your best interest to consider appointing one now. 

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection will offer its annual humane officer training course September 18-22, 2017 in Madison.  This 40-hour course teaches a special set of skills and a body of law that applies only to animal cases.  The training makes the job of investigating these cases easier to handle and leads to a more enforceable case against the offender.

As a trained humane officer, participants will learn the techniques for photographing an animal hoarder’s home or an animal cruelty scene.  By the end of training, they’ll know whether a ratty-looking coat is seasonal shedding or a sign of neglect and whether a three-sided shed is adequate shelter.

The curriculum covers a wide range of topics including the role of an animal investigator, Wisconsin animal law, cruelty evaluation, nutrition, photography, and evidence collection specifically relating to animal cases.  Training is conducted by veterinarians, attorneys and law enforcement officers with years of experience in investigating animal cases.  Hands-on training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison barns is another highly rated feature of the class.

Cost to attend is only $525, not including room, board and testing/certification fees.  Deadline to register is September 8.  Call 1-800-825-6505 to register or visit our website to download a registration form:, search humane officer training.

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