Livestock Investigation Clinic for Kentucky Officials

Livestock Investigation Training for county and state officials returns to Asbury University March 14-16, 2012. Developed by the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) in partnership with the Kentucky Cattlemen's Association (KCA) with input from experienced enforcement officers, veterinarians, and livestock producers, the three day course is tailored to the needs of the Commonwealth.

Throughout the Level I training, attendees learn how to handle horses and cattle, access body condition score in both species, identify situations that need intervention, and apply Kentucky statutes to animal cases. Attendees practice handling and evaluating live horses and cattle as well as examining Kentucky statutes and enforcement procedures.

"We are thrilled to continue to offer Livestock Investigation Training with the same Law Enforcement Council approved curriculum and instructors that we've had since October 2008. Our partnership with the Kentucky Cattlemen's Association and Asbury University further ensures that officials receive the most complete livestock experience possible," explained Anna Zinkhon, KHC Board President. "This training provides officials with the rudimentary knowledge they need to both investigate neglect and abuse cases and work with local resources to manage livestock running at large and other incidents."

Conducted with support from Asbury University, guest instruction will be provided by experts in Kentucky animal abuse statutes and faculty from Asbury University.

"Being the largest cattle producing state east of the Mississippi River is a matter of pride for Kentucky cattlemen. Part of our responsibility is to teach people with a non-livestock background about agriculture. Teaching enforcement officials best livestock practices is a win-win as those officials can then interact productively with farmers and the general public," expounded Dave Maples, KCA Executive Director.

The Level I Livestock Investigation Training is sponsored in part by Kentucky Animal Care & Control Association, Kentucky Association of Counties, Kentucky Beef Council, Kentucky Beef Network, Kentucky Cattlemen's Association, Kentucky Livestock Coalition, and Kentucky Pork Producers Association.

Livestock Investigation Training is endorsed by the Kentucky Animal Control Advisory Board. Peace Officers attending the training are eligible for Continuing Education Units through the Department of Criminal Justice Training.

Cost to attend the three day training is $100 per officer. Out of state officials may attend at $250 per officer. Limited scholarships for tuition are available. For more information or to register for the class visit or contact the Kentucky Horse Council at 859/367-0509 or email

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