Chapter 109:2-15 Humane Agent Training Course
When used in Chapter 109:2-15 of the Administrative Code:
(A) The term "commission" means the Ohio peace officer training commission;
(B) The term "executive director" means the executive director of the Ohio peace officer training commission;
(C) The term "humane society" means a county humane society established pursuant to Revised Code section 1717.05 ;
(D) The term "humane agent" means any person appointed by a county humane society pursuant to Revised Code section 1717.06 ;
(E) The term "basic training course" means the training prescribed in this chapter that has been approved by the executive director, in writing, as meeting or exceeding the minimum standards prescribed in this chapter.
(A) Who must complete the humane agent basic training course:
(1) Any person appointed as a humane agent pursuant to Revised Code section 1717.06 must complete the basic training course prior to being appointed to such position;
(2) A person serving as a humane agent prior to April 8, 2003, may continue to function as a humane agent until December 31, 2004, after which date he or she must have completed the basic training course, prescribed in this rule, to continue to function.
(B) It shall be clearly understood that the basic training course described in this section is designed as a minimum program. Humane societies are encouraged to exceed this minimum program where possible.
(C) Nothing in this chapter shall limit or be construed as limiting the authority of a humane society to enact rules and regulations which establish a higher standard of training above the minimum level of training required by this chapter.
(A) The course content and curriculum of the humane agent basic training course shall be established by the executive director as prescribed in Revised Code sections 1717.06 and 109.73. It shall be sufficient in content to provide the student with a strong basic knowledge of the role, function and practices of a humane agent.
(B) Units, topics, hours and student performance objectives for the basic training course shall be taught in their entirety.
(C) Humane agents must attend all hours of training provided in compliance with this rule.
(D) The minimum basic training course content shall be approved by the executive director and will include training in the following units:
(2) Legal issues
(4) Animal husbandry
(E) Training not delineated in this rule will be at the discretion of each county humane society and will not be considered in lieu of the minimum hours of the basic training course as approved by the executive director.
(A) Each county humane society will provide for the training of humane agents appointed by that county humane society. Scheduling, facilities, instructors, testing and documentation of training will be at the discretion of each county humane society. Training in all units and topics as described in rule 109:2-15-03 of the Administrative Code must be provided.
(B) It will be incumbent upon each county humane society to locally issue and maintain documentation of training completed by humane agents appointed by that county humane society. It will further be incumbent upon each county humane society to provide verification of such training upon valid request.
A person requesting credit for prior equivalent humane agent training must submit documentation of successful completion and the course curriculum to the employing county humane agency for review. The county humane society, in reviewing said training, shall note the hours, subject matter, instructor qualification, final student evaluation, and if the course was certified by an accrediting agency in determining if it is considered equivalent training. Portions of the minimum training for which credit has not been granted must be completed by each humane agent. Documentation of all training completed, or for which credit has been granted, must be maintained by the employing county humane agency.