NACI curriculum

The National Animal Cruelty Investigations School has three different components that should be taken in order. Requests to take them out of order will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Each component consists of a five-day, 40-hour course conducted from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (concluding some time in the afternoon, before 5:00, on Friday). Each course offers four continuing education units upon completion. After completion of all three components (120 hours), you will be a certified humane investigator.

  • Professional Investigator - Level I

    • Animal law
    • Report writing
    • Constitutional law
    • Courtroom preparation
    • Veterinarians & animal cruelty
    • Basics nutrition
    • Basic anatomy
    • Biosecurity & zoonosis
    • Animal behavior & handling
    • The professional investigator
    • Interviewing & interrogation
    • Basic photography
    • Breed identification
    • Officer safety/survival
  • Advanced Investigator - Level II

    • Compassion fatigue
    • Criminal activity
    • Agricultural animals & confinement operations
    • Body condition scoring-including practical
    • Equine investigations
    • Humane Euthanasia
    • Pet stores
    • High-volume breeders
    • Crime scene investigations
    • Officer safety
    • Proactive approach to investigations
    • Career Hacks
  • Expert Investigator - Level III

    • Ritual animal crimes
    • Relationship of animal abuse & family violence
    • Animal sexual abuse
    • Disaster response
    • Large-scale impounds
    • Traveling shows
    • Exotic animals
    • Hoarders
    • Case building: The team approach
    • Networking
    • Diversity
    • Blood sports
    • Internet Crimes