Post Date:November 09, 2018 2:00 PM

St. Charles Parish Animal Control hosted its first ever National Animal Control and Humane Officer Academy (NACHO) this week at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Hahnville.

“The majority of the St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter team are participating in the training, as our parish serves as the hosting agency. The conference is booked to max capacity and filled the EOC with enthusiastic students for this local educational opportunity,” said Animal Control Supervisor, Dr. Jena Troxler. “With 14 states participating, the farthest student traveling from Alaska, there is much experience and collaboration to draw upon. The instructors have been fabulous, and we look forward to hosting future classes for code 3.”

The NACHO course work streamlines and continues to set the standard for best practices for animal control staff, law enforcement and humane officers. Additionally, the conference coursework provides animal control personnel and law enforcement with vital training and tools needed to perform duties in animal shelters and with animal cruelty investigations.

The NACHO Academy offered at the EOC consisted of coursework totaling 40 hours providing instruction in various aspects of animal control and animal cruelty investigations.

“I am proud that we were able to host this conference here at our Emergency Operations Center,” said Parish President Larry Cochran. “Our parish employees are extremely dedicated to their work. The work put in by the Animal Control Office and the EOC is just a small example of how our departments work together to make great things like this conference happen for our community.”

NACHO is made possible by Code 3 Associates and the National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA) partnership. Code 3 Associates Inc, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and is dedicated to providing professional animal disaster response and resources to communities, as well as providing professional training to individuals and agencies involved in animal related law enforcement and emergency response. Code 3’s mission is accomplished through hands-on animal rescue and care operations during disaster events in the United States and Canada, and through our certified animal welfare training seminars which include animal cruelty training for investigators.

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PHOTO: Academy attendees participate in coursework regarding animal control.

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