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Rick Worthington National Animal Cruelty Investigations
by Rick Worthington, click here for bio

Program: Farm and Ranch Report
Date: April 25, 2018

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In a field where animals are so important, farmers and ranchers can all get behind the people that look after the welfare of our animals.

Founded in 1990, the National Animal Cruelty Investigations School trains the people who do just that...

John Worden is with the University and explains, they teach a mix of investigation and animal health and science.

Founded in 1990, the National Animal Cruelty Investigations School was the first of its kind, offering a combination of specialized veterinary and law enforcement training. Students from a range of backgrounds — including federal, state and local animal cruelty officers, humane society investigators and board members, police officers and sheriffs’ deputies, court personnel and other citizens — learn from experts about all aspects of animal welfare and safety.

staff at the Law Enforcement Training Institute identified a lack of training for animal cruelty investigators and developed a first level of training in November. We added a second level in March 1993 and a third level in March 1996. In 2011, the three levels were renamed to the following components: Professional Animal Cruelty Investigator, Advanced Animal Cruelty Investigator and Expert Animal Cruelty Investigator. A fourth component, Master Animal Cruelty Investigator, is scheduled to be added to the curriculum.

Since 1990, members of more than 1,000 agencies in the United States and Canada have attended the school. A national faculty developed the curriculum and has been involved in all components of the school.

The National Animal Cruelty Investigations School was the first of its kind, offering a combination of specialized veterinary and law enforcement training.

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