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ACO Officer Training

  • 1.  ACO Officer Training

    Posted 20 days ago
    Hello All,

    Just out of curiosity. How many of you have a special training program for ACO officers and/or police and what is included? Do you talk about body language, bite prevention, and other behavior centered subjects?
    #FieldServicesandPublicSafety*

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    Christine D. Calder DVM
    Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
    Calder Veterinary Behavior Services
    www.caldervbs.com

    Veterinary Behaviorist
    Behavior Specialist, MPF
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  • 2.  RE: ACO Officer Training

    Posted 20 days ago
    We do. The Fearful Dogs Project offers a comprehensive canine fear abatement program (FAM), with sub-programs for specific professions.  

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    Rain Jordan, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP  
    Fearful Dogs Specialist

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  • 3.  RE: ACO Officer Training

    Posted 18 days ago
    Hello Christine, at Los Angeles Animal Services we have a six month training program which covers all of the things; from policy and procedures, laws, animal behavior for a wide array of species, investigations, citations, medical issues, etc.  The officers do a large portion of class room training before they start to go out in the field with training officers on rotations to all of our different shelters so they gain a wide array of experience before they graduate.  Our training has been recognized by Cal Animals and our officers automatically qualify for state ACO certification.  We have a dedicated training Lieutenant who coordinates training for the staff and works with outside agencies as well.   We have found that having a curriculum and training program has led to great retention among our officers.

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    Annette G. Ramirez
    Assistant General Manager
    Los Angeles Animal Services
    213-482-9558
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    Field Services and Public Safety &
    Laws and Public Policy Specialist
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  • 4.  RE: ACO Officer Training

    Posted 10 days ago

    Annette and Rain,

    Wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing! It would be wonderful to learn a little more about the specifics of what you cover in your curriculum. Do you just cover cats and dogs or other species as well?. 



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    Christine D. Calder DVM
    Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
    Calder Veterinary Behavior Services
    www.caldervbs.com

    Veterinary Behaviorist
    Behavior Specialist, MPF
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