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The APAW Expo has been uniting all facets of animal welfare together under one roof to provide education from experts, speakers and educators from across the nation for over 23 years. This is an opportunity to connect with like-minded people, to share information, learn the latest in animal welfare and make "change" happen.

The APAW Expo provides a legal track, law enforcement track, and animal shelter/rescue track, highlighting the importance of collaboration of agencies for success in investigating and prosecuting animal cruelty cases.  

APAW Expo is the perfect event for the following:

• Prosecutors, Civil Attorneys, Judges & Lawmakers

• Law Enforcement Officers

• State and Federal Emergency Management Agencies and Health Inspectors

• Animal Control Officers, Department of Agriculture & Other Regulatory Inspectors

• Veterinarians, Vet Techs

• Equine Specialists, Equine Inspectors, Experts and Holding Facilities

• Shelter and Rescue/Foster Professionals

• Animal Behaviorists and Training Professionals

• Pet Industry Leaders

• Public Safety Professionals, Teachers, Realtors and Social Workers

• Domestic Violence, Child/Elder Protection, and Violence Interceptors

• Animal Welfare Advocates

Our diverse courses will cover:


• Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, Gangs and the Link to Animal Abuse

• Animal Cruelty Laws and Legislative Updates              

• Service Animal Law and Adapting to Changes             

• Collateral Crimes and Animal Abuse                         

• Multi-Animal Impound, Puppy Mill & Hoarding Cases

• Equine Cruelty and Equine Best Practices

• Reporting Animal Cruelty Properly                            

• Animal Cruelty Task Forces

• Animal Behavior & Training

• Investigations and In Field Operations

• Progressive Programs 



Opportunities to earn continuing education credits and a course completion certification to add to your resume are available to:

  • CLE Hours for Attorneys.  Georgia Bar rules require each attorney wishing to receive CLE credit must pay $4.00 per course that you attend. This fee is passed on directly to the GA Bar and is separate from our registration fee. Since  each course will be recorded and available to watch at your leisure until January 1st, 2021 we will send you an email with a confirmation of attendance form on Jan. 2, 2020. Once you submit your confirmation online,  you will billed for CLEs credits. Once payment is received in our system, we will submit your confirmation of attendance along with payment to the GA Bar and that will concluded your CLE hours.

  • LEAP for legal education veterinarians, requested (Vets/Vet Techs) 

  • CEU for Veterinary General Courses, requested (Vets/Vet Techs) 

  • POST Hours for Law Enforcement Officers  
    IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR POST CREDIT -  If you want to receive POST credit per course, the GA POST requires a processing fee of $10 for each course.  This $10 fee must be paid in advance for each course offered, and the fee must be made out to GA POST Council in a check or money order.  It is non-refundable.  The address is: GA POST Council, PO Box 349, Clarkdale, GA 30111

  • NACA Hours (National Animal Control Association) for Animal Control

  • CEU's IAABC Credit Hours for animal trainers/behaviorists

  • Certificate of Course Completion (All attendees will receive via email)