Announcing NACA ACO III

The National Animal Care & Control Association
is committed to setting the standard of professionalism in animal welfare and public safety through training, networking, and advocacy.

June 5, 2024


Written by NACA


Registration Now Open for July 8-10, 2024!

You must complete the online portion of the course prior to attending the in-person training in Gainsville, Florida. 

Course Description

The wait is over! Join the NACA ACO III Advanced Training Program focused on animal crime forensics with an emphasis on compassionate animal control work. Elevate your skills in investigating and addressing animal cruelty cases while promoting humane treatment and care to people and pets.

This is a two-part course that includes 10 hours online, and 3 days in person @ University of Florida!
  • Cost: $495 (excludes food, lodging, travel, or transportation)
  • Download ACO III Course Outline
  • Certificate of Completion for Online course (worth 10 contact hours)
    Required for registration or admission to In-Person portion – bring the certificate with you!
  • Instructor Led (3 days @ University of Florida)Over the course of a three-day in-person training, participants will engage in a comprehensive exploration of various forensic techniques and practices relevant to animal control officers. The first day begins with sessions on animal crime scene processing, followed by forensic photography, including hands-on exercises to enhance practical skills. The day concludes with discussions on live animal evidence and veterinary forensic pathology. The second day delves into forensic entomology, the investigation of clandestine grave sites, and DNA analysis, with multiple hands-on exercises to solidify understanding. The final day is dedicated to mock crime scene processing, where participants apply their learned skills in real-life scenarios, culminating in group presentations that demonstrate their analytical and forensic capabilities.

    In-Person Training (limit of 40 students):
    • Dates: July 8-10, 2024
    • 8-5 everyday with 2 breaks and a lunch break 12-1:15
    • Location: UF TREOO Center, 3900 SW 63rd Blvd, Gainesville, FL

Course Highlights:

Online Modules:

  • Community-Based Response to Non-Criminal Cases
  • Understanding Probable Cause in Animal Crime Investigations
  • Utilizing Data for Effective Field Services
  • Leadership in Animal Control
  • Best Practices for Investigating Animal Crimes

In-Person Training:

(Please Bring Certificate of Completion for Online course)
  • Crime Scene Documentation: Scene Flow and Processing (including Mock Crime Scene)
  • Complaint Investigation (hands-on training with BCS Scoring and Mock Scenes)
  • 8-5 everyday with 2 breaks and a lunch break 12-1:15

Enrollment Details:

  • Exclusive Offer: NACA members have the first opportunity to enroll in this highly sought-after course. Log into NACANET.ORG for membership discount code.
  • Limited Availability: Only 40 spots are available, ensuring a focused and personalized learning environment.
  • Online Pre-requisite: You must complete the online portion of the course prior to attending the in-person training. 

Cancellation Policy:

  • Before July 1, 2024: Cancellations will be processed with a $35 cancellation fee.
  • After July 1, 2024: No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after this date
Please contact the Maples Center Administrative Team
Phone: (352) 265-9940
Website to Access Course After Enrolled:

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