From the time a call comes in, preliminary research and on scene investigation, documentation is critical for your case.


Building your case with the evidence you need.


How to prepare, calm those nerves and help tell the story of the victims.


In many jurisdictions, resource limitations mean that all aspects of investigation and courtroom process are handled by a single humane law enforcement officer. Would you be ready to handle one of these investigations? This five-part series will walk you through the five major elements of an animal control investigation, using real-life examples and conversations with sworn officers to give you multiple perspectives on handling a case, start to finish.

The five part series, hosted by Loudoun County (VA) Animal Services’ Nina Stively, includes interactive segments on the following topics:

• Documenting the Scene

• Documenting Animal Evidence

• Talking to the Key Players

• Writing Your Report

• Testifying in Court

Join us for this engaging series, and have access to sample forms and materials and listen to tips and tricks from the pros, to help you work an animal welfare investigation, nose to tail.

This online course is pre-approved for 5 CEU credits by the National Animal Care and Control Association.


Designed for the Busy Working Professional

Whether you are new in the field or you’re ready to take the next step in your career, consider investing in your future through this course which is filled with more than 5 hours of instruction, activities and exercises designed to help you grow and succeed in your role.


Convenient and Affordable Training on your own schedule and without the need to travel.


Taught by experienced Animal Control Officers who have worked for many years in the Animal Welfare Field.


Courses consist of real-world info important for any Advocate.

grow in your career

Your online course is filled with more than 5 hours of instruction, activities and exercises designed to help you grow and succeed in your role.






Continuing Education Credit

This online course is pre-approved for 5 CEU credits by the National Animal Care and Control Association.

NACA is the leading professional association committed to growing the level of professionalism in the field on Animal Care and Control. As part of our mission, we are committed to offering working Animal Care professionals the education they need to grow in fulfilling, mission-driven careers that serve both their communities and the animals they care about.


Meet Your Instructors

Nina Stively

Nina Stively is the Director of Loudoun County Animal Services in northern Virginia, an independent government agency that includes the County animal shelter and a team of sworn humane law enforcement officers. Nina is a Certified Animal Cruelty Investigator, a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator, and an Animal Control Officer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Chris Brosan

Chris Brosan is the Chief of Humane Law Enforcement for the Department of Animal Services in Loudoun County, Virginia. He has been with the department for eight years, is a former police officer, and spent two and a half years as Manager of Strategic Campaigns and Special Projects with the Humane Society of the United States.

Cierra Powers

Cierra Powers is a Humane Law Enforcement Officer at Loudoun County Animal Services in northern Virginia. She attended the Ohio State University where she obtained a B.A. in Criminology and a minor in Animal Sciences; and is currently enrolled in the University of Florida’s Veterinary Forensics M.S. program. She is a Certified Animal Control Officer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and has over a hundred hours in additional trainings/certificates.

Jenn Henry

Jenn Henry is a Senior Humane Law Enforcement Officer for Loudoun County Animal Services in Virginia. Jenn graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology, Law and Society. Jenn decided to combine her passion for animals with her interest in criminal justice and has worked for Loudoun County Animal Services for over six years.

Patrick Breslin

Patrick Breslin is a Humane Law Enforcement Officer in Loudoun County, Virginia with almost 10 years of experience investigating large-scale hoarding, animal fighting, felonious animal cruelty and, animal sexual assault. He earned his Bachelors of Science from Radford University in 2012 where he majored in Criminal Justice.

Adam Bremy

Adam graduated from Lycoming College in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and received his certification for Animal Control Officer and Animal Cruelty Investigator in New Jersey. In 2018 he moved to Virginia with his wife and began working as a Humane Law Enforcement Officer with Loudoun County Animal Services.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much is the Course?

The price is $186 for each student. We do have a 20% discount (final price is $148.80) available for JCH and NACA Members and group purchases involving three or more personnel. Please contact for details

But I Already Work Full-time… Would I Have Time?

We hear you. Only you know about the demands of your job or if you can “juggle” the demands of work, family, and school. That said, online courses are a great way to get the knowledge you need for career growth, without being tied down to a specific schedule, being out of the office for days at a time, or burdened by the expense of high priced tuition or travel costs. Split up into bite sized components, each course section can be completed over a lunch break in a week’s time – sometimes less. And don’t worry: if life gets in the way, you’ll have a whole year to complete the lessons on your own schedule.

What Internet Browsers Can I Use

We have tested the course using Chrome and Microsoft Edge. The Learning Management System does not work well with Firefox or Safari.

How Do I Log In?

Once we receive payment (online or check), we will contact you with instructions on how to log in. If you paid online, you should receive an email within five minutes.

How do I request a refund?

We are not able to offer refunds on any of our courses. However, if the initially assigned student has not started the course, we may be able to reassign the course to a new person.

How do I pay?

You can pay by credit card or debit card through our online check out. For agencies paying by Purchase Order, or if your agency is wanting to enroll 3 or more people (20% discount), please contact us at

Is there a brochure for this course?

Yes! You can download a course brochure here

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