Training and Resources

Training Opportunities

National Animal Cruelty Investigations School (NACI)

Through the Law Enforcement Training Institute at the University of Missouri, the National Animal Cruelty Investigations School offers specialized training for law enforcement on all aspects of animal welfare investigations and animal handling.


Wisconsin Humane Officer Training information

Offered annually in September, this week-long training is meant for law enforcement officers wishing to increase their knowledge base and for anyone wishing to become a Wisconsin humane officer.


Wisconsin Animal Control Association Inc.

Check their website for training opportunities throughout the year.


Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection – Animal Health

Offers various trainings on animal handling that may be open to law enforcement.  For more information call 608-224-4889 or check their website.


University of Wisconsin - River Falls

One of the top equine programs in the nation covers all aspects important to the equine industry, from the latest theories on nutrition and exercise, to breeding, raising, training and riding young horses.

Resources- Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin -Madison Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

Offers 24/7 emergency care of small and large animals; may provide consultation services, including pathology reports, on abuse and neglect cases.


Wisconsin 4-H Programs

A useful local resource for appropriate feed, water and shelter for equines.


Equine Extension (a University and 4-H extension)

Specialized information for use in abuse and neglect case determination.


Wisconsin Equine Clinic and Hospital educational handouts

Downloadable materials on equine wellness and health, including emergency care.

Resources- National

American Veterinary Medical Association

Overview of AVMA state and local animal welfare issues.


The Hoarding of Animal Research Consortium

Brings together the work of HARC as well as credible resources from throughout the US to help you better understand the phenomenon of animal hoarding, its impact on individuals and communities all across the US and internationally, and finally, its sentinel role for elder abuse and neglect, child abuse and neglect, and adult self-neglect.


National Link Coalition

Information about the connection between animal abuse and violence against people.


Michigan Animal Law Center

Comprehensive repository of information about animal law, including: over 1200 full text cases (US, historical, and UK), over 1400 US statutes, over 60 topics and comprehensive explanations, legal articles on a variety of animal topics and an international collection


The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

Support for law enforcement includes a mobile animal crimes lab to provide forensic analysis at crime scenes; sheltering and placement services for seized animals; veterinary, legal and other expert assistance for a criminal prosecution; rewards of $5,000 for information on certain abuse/neglect cases; free training for law enforcement on investigating illegal animal cruelty and fighting; and more.  For more information contact Melissa Tedrowe at or 608-572-3122.


 The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

Support for law enforcement includes a field investigations and response team that helps investigate and prosecute crimes against animals, and responds to natural disaster situations; sample documents for cruelty cases to help your agency document and present information crucial to a successful prosecution; free training for law enforcement and animal welfare professional offered by webinar or in person; and grants to support law enforcement and animal welfare programs across the country.


Animal Legal Defense Fund

Aims to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system.  Provide free consultations to prosecutors in animal cruelty and neglect cases.  Other expert resources available for those working on animal protection at all stages of the criminal justice system.