Professional Animal Cruelty Investigator: Livestock Investigations

Professional Animal Cruelty Investigator:

Livestock Investigations

Course Description

This 40-hour course explores investigations of animal cruelty involving livestock animals.  The animals addressed in this course include: cows, pigs, sheep, goats, ostriches, rheas, emus, ducks, geese, and chickens.This program involves classroom lecture, scenario-based learning, and other hands-on learning applications.  Students attending this course will also be certified in AACIS’ Investigative Body Condition Scoring system for livestock animals.  This course is designed for law enforcement, animal control, cruelty investigators, veterinary professionals, and prosecutors.


Course Topics

Livestock Classification and Breed Identification

Beef cows, dairy cows, pigs, goats, chickens, ostriches, emus, rheas, sheep, ducks, and geese.

Livestock Nutrition

Learn the food type and water requirements for each livestock breed discussed.

Livestock Shelter Requirements

Learn the legally acceptable shelter types for each livestock breed

Officer Safety

Learn best practices to maintain officer safety when interacting with livestock animals.

Environmental Assessments

Identify what constitutes cleanliness for pastures, barns, stables, and paddock areas used by livestock animals.

Livestock Animal Welfare Assessment

Develop the skills necessary to quantify the overall welfare of various livestock animals during investigations.

Body Condition Scoring

Understand the starvation process from start to finish and how to assess animal body condition of livestock animals. animals.


Explore the various common internal and external parasites of equine animals and how such parasites are managed.

Case File Development

Learn to put your reports and evidence into a professional, structured case file that will make prosecutors want to take your case.

Search and Seizure

Understand what you can and can't do when it comes to searching for and seizing livestock animals during your investigation.

Farriers and Veterinarians

Learn the roles that veterinarians and farriers play during investigations of cruelty involving livestock animals.

Animal Case Law

Review the most relevant pieces of case law relevant to equine investigations and how these cases directly impact your decisions and actions in the field.