(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.