Professional Animal Cruelty Investigator: Equine Investigations

Professional Animal Cruelty Investigator:

Equine Investigations

American Animal Cruelty Investigations School (AACIS) - Equine Investigations

Course Description

This 40-hour instructor led certification course is for law enforcement and animal control officers seeking certification in the investigation of animal crimes involving equine animals. This hands-on, scenario-based training course includes investigations into equine cruelty and neglect. Fundamental skills taught in this class involve equine breed and color identification, podiatry, gastrointestinal tract, equine dental, animal welfare assessments, body condition scoring, interviewing, crime scene analysis, investigative report writing, case file development, and courtroom presentation. Students will also participate in an in-depth discussion of search and seizure as it applies to animals as well as read and research relevant animal case law. During this course, students will produce a fully functional case file that can be used as a model for future investigations.


Course Topics

Breed and Color Identification

Horses, Zebras, Donkeys, and other hybrid equine animals.

Equine Podiatry

Learn the common structures of the equine hoof and how to identify abnormalities.

Equine Gastrointestinal Tract

Understand the equine digestive system and how it is effected by colic.

Equine Dental

Learn how the equine mouth functions and how teeth are maintained.

Equine Living Environment Assessment

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

Equine Animal Welfare Assessment

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

Body Condition Scoring

Understand the starvation process from start to finish and how to assess animal body condition of equine 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 equine animals during your investigation.

Farriers and Veterinarians

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

Course Requirements

This course is designed for law enforcement and animal care and control professionals. Any exceptions to this requirement must be approved by AACIS prior to registration. This course also involves a great deal of reading and writing; students attending this course must either bring a laptop computer to class or have access to a computer after class. Students must wear their agency uniform to class and present a professional appearance each day of the course. In consideration of COVID-19, temperature screening and social distancing are practiced each day for all AACIS courses; the use of masks is encouraged but not required.

Completion Standards and Certification

Students must attend all classroom hours, participate in all exercises, and pass a written examination with a score of 75% or higher.  Students who successfully pass the class will receive certification as an animal cruelty investigator for equine investigations and certification in conducting body condition score assessments of equine animals. Certifications will be reflected by paper certificate and plastic certification card.

Course Tuition

Effective January 1, 2021, this course has an early registration fee of $550.00, a general registration fee of $600.00, and a late registration fee of $650.00. The payment deadlines are determined by the date on which payment is received by the AACIS. Online registration is the preferred method of registration and is available at All course tuition must be paid prior to attending the class.

Additional Information and Hosting

Any requests for additional information in regard to attending or hosting this course may be made by e-mailing or calling the AACIS at 850 898-0011.