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Kentucky Horse Council Opens Registration for Updated Livestock Investigation Training Level II

06/22/2017 2:15 PM | Anonymous


Kentucky Horse Council

Katy Ross

Executive Director

(859) 367-0509


Kentucky Horse Council Opens Registration for Updated Livestock Investigation Training Level II

Lexington, KY (June 21, 2017) – The Kentucky Horse Council’s Livestock Investigation Training Level II is being held this summer from July 30 to August 2, at Morehead State University.  Registration is now open to all county and state officials, such as Animal Control Officers, Sheriffs, and Police Officers.   


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, this three-day course is tailored to the needs of the Commonwealth.  For 2017, the curriculum has been updated to reflect current accepted animal care standards and the changes in the law that impact those investigating abuse and neglect cases.


The summer training is a Level II training, where attendees will take what they learned at the Level I training and further their knowledge of difficult animal behavior, assess body condition scores, identify situations that need intervention, and apply Kentucky statutes to animal cases. Attendees also practice handling and evaluating live horses and livestock as well as examining Kentucky statutes and enforcement procedures.  This training also focuses on small ruminants and swine in addition to horses and larger livestock. Revisions to Kentucky statutes on animal welfare in the past few years have been incorporated to make sure that attendees are well versed on the latest laws and regulations.

“We are excited to be offering the updated Livestock Investigation Training this year,” said Katy Ross, Kentucky Horse Council Executive Director. “These trainings fill a vital need for education of peace officers on animal abuse and neglect cases in the Commonwealth and advance the mission of the Kentucky Horse Council.  The laws in this area have changed in the past few years and we are pleased to be able to educate Kentucky officials on the latest standards and processes.”

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 $150 per officer. Out-of-state officials may attend at $250 per officer. Limited scholarships for tuition are available.


This program is sponsored by the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation, ASPCA, the Kentucky Pork Producers Association, Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association and the Kentucky Poultry Federation.


For more information, to register for the class, or for partnership and sponsorship opportunities, visit, or contact the Kentucky Horse Council at 859-367-0509 or


ABOUT THE KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL - The Kentucky Horse Council is a 501©3 non-profit organization dedicated, through education and leadership, to the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community. The Kentucky Horse Council provides educational programs and information, outreach and communication to Kentucky horse owners and enthusiasts, equine professional networking opportunities, trail riding advocacy, health and welfare programs, and personal liability insurance and other membership benefits.  The specialty Kentucky Horse Council license plate, featuring a foal lying in the grass, provides the primary source of revenue for KHC programs.


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