The New England Animal Control/Humane Academy was established in 1980 to provide quality, cost-effective, in-depth training in areas related to Animal Care and Control Professionals in New England.
The Academy is organized each year by a Board made up of two representatives from each New England State, a representative from the New England Federation of Humane Societies, liaison to the National Animal Control Association, a liaison to the National Wildlife Control Operators Association, and a representative from the host institution - the Thompson School at the University of New Hampshire. These individuals are elected from participants at the Academy. Many towns have been sending participants since it was established! (Click for Bylaws.)
The program is developed to provide useful, timely, and quality education in an atmosphere that allows the participant to share and renew information as well as learn. There are countless opportunities for those attending to discuss problems, learn from veterans, and develop professional contacts. Many people feel that this is the feature that makes the Academy so valuable.
The Animal Care and Control Profession is unique because it deals with not only the many problems of animals but also that of humans in today’s complex society. Some of the examples of topics which have been covered in the past are: rabies, working with computers, animal/child abuse, health issues (human and animal), public relations, investigations, and many more. Nationally known instructors from around the country have presented.
Through an arrangement with the Applied Animal Science program at the Thompson School of the University of New Hampshire, facilities, classrooms, dining halls, dormitories, and transportation are made available at a reasonable rate. With these resources, we can accommodate a large attendance.