First Time Ever – Animal Control Officer / Cruelty Investigator Certification Course to be Offered in Puerto Rico!!Posted in Uncategorized on January 6th, 2010 by Adrienne Galler Lastra
You Are Invited to Attend an Important Training Opportunity for a New Career in Puerto Rico
When: January 25 – January 30, 2010 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Including a breakfast and an ‘Animal Welfare Summit’ with a panel discussion held on Saturday, January 30th.
Where: Theater Morales Carrion at the Metropolitan University, Ave. Ana G. Méndez, Cupey, P.R. 00928
Who should attend: All Municipal Officials and Employees Presently Working in Animal Control, Emergency Management Personnel, Animal Rescuers, Veterinary Technicians, Municipal and State Police, Prosecutors, Anyone Interested In Animal Welfare, the Enforcement of Animal Welfare Laws and Animal Welfare Infrastructure Growth in Puerto Rico.
This first of its kind training is designed to meet the specific needs of Puerto Rico in addressing the concerns of animal control and animal welfare. The course will be conducted in Spanish by prominent experts from Puerto Rico and the United States, including Dr. Cesar Gonzales, Director of the Carolina Animal Control Center, Dr. Carlos Carazo, Veterinarian for the Department of Health, Attorney Cindy Badano, Expert in Animal Cases and Animal Rights, Investigator Timoteo Vazquez, Instructor in Animal Cruelty Investigation and Investigator Michael Melchionne, President of the New Jersey Certified Animal Control Officers Association.
Upon course completion, graduates will earn their Animal Control Officer / Cruelty Investigator certifications from the Department of Health of Puerto Rico, and Career Development Institute, plus a Certificate of Completion from the Metropolitan University.
This Course Will Include:
-Puerto Rican statutes and rules governing rabies and control of domestic animals, animal cruelty laws and
municipal responsibility for animal control.
-The role of an animal control officer including extent and limits of authority, educational responsibility,
interaction with other agencies, transport of animals, community and media relations.
-Animal behavior and breed recognition, strategies for dealing with cats, dogs, exotic species, rodents and
-Animal control center operations, model standards, adoption policies, humane euthanasia and reporting and
-The court system and procedures.
-Investigation including investigative techniques, identifying animal cruelty, observation and perception,
identifying, collecting and preserving evidence, search of buildings and areas, note taking and investigative
report writing, verbal and non-verbal communication, interviewing techniques and principles of courtroom
-Training and demonstration in the use of animal control equipment including rabies control poles, nets, humane
traps, cat graspers and bite sticks.
-Recognition, control and prevention of rabies and other zoonotic diseases.
Cost for this course is $495 – To Register and for more information, go online to:
The Humane Society International (HSI) have given us a grant to make scholarships available to those individuals with financial need. Please contact us ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a scholarship form sent to you.
Adri Galler Lastra
PO Box 79169, Carolina, PR 00984
PO Box 5024
Kendall Park, NJ 08824
Ph: 1 800-244-6921 Fax: 1 732-821-1514
Must be 18 yrs. or older to register for this course.