Southeastern Animal 
Control Association

 Animal Control Training Conference 

Classes on Wednesday and Thursday will start at 8:00am thru 5:00pm with a lunch break at noon and 10 min. breaks hourly

Class on Friday will start at 8:00am and dismiss at 12:00pm

Certificates of completion handed out on Friday at conclusion of Conference!

Included with your registration:

Lunch both days along with AM/PM drinks and snacks 

** no outside food or drinks allowed in the Conference area **

GREAT NEWS - GAPOST agreed to give POST credits for ALL classes to GA

 Post Certified attendees!!!

Veterinary forensics and crime scene investigation  ****Can get One Day Pass

Speaker:   Dr. Melinda Merck                                                               Wednesday Sept. 14th!

Veterinary forensics can play an important role in both animal and human crimes. Many crime scene techniques can be applied to animal-related cases, including body handling, search techniques, burial detection/excavation, photography/videography. blood stain pattern analysis, and forensic entomology. Using real case examples, this presentation will review several types of animal cases and different evidence collection techniques to explore. The class will review how to work productively with a veterinarian, assessment for levels of suffering, various evidence collection and analysis.


Topics to be covered:

  • Crime scene analysis and documentation
  • Search techniques
  • Evidence recognition - animal vs. human cases
  • Crime scene considerations for different types of cases

Evidence collection and court preparation for animal crimes/Family Violence and animal cruelty: how prosecuting animal abuse can save lives

Speaker:   Erin Aiello

Animal abuse crimes present a unique set of challenges for enforcement officers. The correlation between intimate partner violence and violence against animals is well established, adding additional complexities to navigating these cases. Largely because of this important link, The National Sheriffs’ Association formed an animal cruelty committee, and acts of animal abuse are now tracked alongside felony crimes like arson, assault, and homicide in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s criminal database. Approaching these cases from both the perspective of the prosecutor and the officer, this workshop will review preparing for trials involving animal victims. Specifically, this seminar will discuss special considerations for cases related to intimate partner violence, how to effectively work with witnesses, utilizing experts, and effectively navigating cross-examination.

Topics to be covered:

  • Connection between intimate partner violence and harm against animals
  • Unique challenges presented in animal crimes
  • Evidence collection tips
  • Preparing and presenting cases in court: working with witnesses, expert testimony
  • Interagency collaboration

  • Cooperation IS NOT a Dirty Word (sort of a 'working together with others' class)
  • Beyond the Dogcatcher (A Modern Look at the ACO)
Speaker:   Rob Leinberger

  • Cooperation is Not a Dirty Word: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Working together should be the common theme for everyone in the animal care & control and welfare world. Animals depend on us; pet owners depend on us. Whether you are an animal control officer, a shelter employee, or a volunteer for a rescue organization, we’ll talk about how we can work together to increase adoptions, decrease intakes, and keep pets at home. Are you polite? Are you professional? We’ll agree to disagree with a mixture of creativity legality. We’ll discuss the importance of understanding the law and ways to improve it. And that endless supply of patience…we’ll search for it in a room of learning opportunities.

  • Beyond the Dogcatcher: A Modern Look at Animal Care & Control
This presentation looks briefly at where we’ve been and then provides a detailed look at the world of the modern animal care & control officer. Involved discussion from the group is a key component of this presentation. 
In depth topics include:
  • We’ve come a long way – The first known use of the word dogcatcher was in 1835. Just simply “catching dogs” is a thing of the past. The modern animal care & control officer must be a diverse, open-minded working individual.
  • Professionalism & Ethics – Professionalism is a core attribute of all those in the world of modern animal care & control. Impartiality and integrity are critical. Service to the community is vital and your personal standards must be high. Treating people and pets with dignity and respect is a daily requirement. Keeping personal feelings out is tough but a must!
  • Embrace Technology – It’s here to stay. Such things as smart phones, computers and social media can be used efficiently and effectively. Let’s make the most use of it to help people and pets.
  • Education & Training – There’s always room for improvement. Continuing education and career development will help you gain the work skills you need to stay at the top of your game. Learn, learn, and learn!
  • Partnerships & Networking – Make the most of your partnerships with humane groups, SPCAs, local veterinarians, community and businesses. Good communication leads to positive cooperation. An endless supply of patience gets you a long way.
  • Think Positive…And outside of the box – Innovative ways of doing things in the community that help people and pets. Let’s keep the pets where they belong….with their owners!
  • Modern Tactics – Evolution of a more compassionate and professional animal control. Embrace new and innovative ideas that produce good results. “This is the way we’ve always done it” just doesn’t make the cut anymore.

Hands on Scenarios that will bring everything together in a fun, learning approach by working the scenes, discussing the scenes, etc.

Speaker/Creator:   Mike Perkins


Current Board Members


There is a Board Meeting 

Tuesday, September 13, 2021 @ 12:00pm

and after meeting we will be setting up for the conference so get there early!!