Chemical Capture and Immobilization

Chemical Capture and Immobilization

Course Description

This 16 hour course explores the core areas required to successfully perform chemical capture and immobilization in the field of animal control. Topics include the history of chemical immobilization, operational planning, safety considerations, pharmacology, post-capture procedures, and capture-related emergencies.  

This course meets the training requirements for all states including Florida’s requirement per chapter 828.27 Florida Statutes.

Course Topics

Training Block A: Fundamentals of Chemical Capture and Immobilization

  • History and evolution of chemical immobilization
  • Chemical immobilization equipment immobilization
  • High-liability considerations for chemical immobilization operations

Training Block B: Animal Knowledge

  • Topographical anatomy
  • Physiological responses to stress
  • Proper target areas

Training Block C: Pharmacology

  • Drug classifications
  • Commonly used drugs for chemical immobilization
  • Dosage calculation and using dosage charts

Training Block D:  Conducting Chemical Immobilization Operations

  • Planning and safety considerations
  • Post-capture procedures
  • Capture-related emergencies

Training Block E: Marksmanship and Qualifications

  • Projector familiarization and safety
  • Marksmanship training and qualification
  • Scenario-based training and evaluations

Course Prerequisites

This course is restricted to law enforcement and animal care and control professionals who are employed by a municipal, county, state, or federal agency that is authorized to conduct chemical capture and immobilization operations as part of their regular duties.

Completion Standards

Students must attend all 16 hours of the course, demonstrate proficiency in safety and marksmanship, and pass a comprehensive written examination with a score of 75% or better.


Students who successfully pass this course will receive the following certifications with registered certification numbers:

  • Chemical Capture and Immobilization

Training Credits and Limitations

This course satisfies the 16-hour training requirement of the Tactical Animal Control Officer Certification course’s Chemical Immobilization Training Block, which also applies to the 110-hour AACIS certified Animal Control Officer certification course.