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ACO Courses By Outside Sources

Education

Includes courses that are approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to meet training requirements set forth in Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 829, Animal Control Officer Training and for which the course sponsor has requested posting; however, they are conducted by outside sponsors, NOT the DSHS.  It is the responsibility of each animal control officer to fulfill these mandated training requirements, keep accurate records of their DSHS-approved training, and have this documentation available for review by facility inspectors.  In the chart below, call the number provided or click on a contact name for the course for which you would like to register to ask questions about a particular course.

Of the 30 hours of required continuing education (CE) per Chapter 829, a maximum of 10 hours per 3-year period can be obtained via satisfactory completion of DSHS-approved online training. The ACO Basic training course does NOT count toward an ACO’s CE hours.

Additionally, the euthanasia training courses listed below have been approved to meet training requirements set forth in Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 821, Treatment and Disposition of Animals.

Before attending a non-DSHS course, an ACO should request verification from the course sponsor that a specific course, including title, date, and location, has been pre-approved by the DSHS for meeting Chapter 829 ACO training requirements.  Upon completion of training, an ACO may request a new certificate from the course sponsor if the one that is issued does not contain the following information:  course title, participant’s name, whether the course is Basic or continuing education (CE), course date and location, length of course in DSHS-approved hours, a statement that the course was approved by DSHS, and the course sponsor’s name and contact information. 

Date Type* Title Location Contact(s) Phone

Ongoing
(contact sponsor for details) 


Continuing 
Education

Euthanasia Training Course
(Review) (Online)
 Animal Care Training Website:
www.sheltertraining.com
(Note: this is online training approved as a
review-level course only,
it is not an initial-level course)
 
Monica Hughes
  940-
220-0309
Ongoing
(contact sponsor for details)
Continuing 
Education
Combating Dogfighting ASPCA's Anti-Cruelty Online Course Program www.ASPCApro.org/texas Valerie Sheppard 301-
829-2657
Ongoing
(contact sponsor for details)

Continuing 
Education
Investigating Animal Abuse for Law Enforcement
ASPCA's Anti-Cruelty Online Course Program www.ASPCApro.org/texas

Valerie
Sheppard

301-
829-2657
Ongoing
(contact sponsor for details)

Continuing 
Education
FIR 1: Rescuing Animals from Cruelty and Disasters
ASPCA's Anti-Cruelty Online Course Program www.ASPCApro.org/texas

Valerie
Sheppard

301-
89-2657
Ongoing
(contact sponsor for details)
Continuing 
Education
FIR 2: Joining the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team ASPCA's Anti-Cruelty Online Course Program www.ASPCApro.org/texas
Valerie Sheppard
301-
829-2657
Ongoing
(contact sponsor for details)

Continuing 
Education
FIR 3: The ASPCA Disaster Response Program
ASPCA's Anti-Cruelty Online Course Program www.ASPCApro.org/texas

Valerie Sheppard

301-
829-2657
Ongoing
(contact sponsor for details)

Continuing 
Education
FIR 4: Large Scale Animal Cruelty and Natural Disasters
ASPCA's Anti-Cruelty Online Course Program www.ASPCApro.org/texas

Valerie Sheppard

301-
829-2657
Ongoing
(contact sponsor for details)
Continuing 
Education
FIR 5: Investigating and Prosecuting Bloodsports
ASPCA's Anti-Cruelty Online Course Program www.ASPCApro.org/texas

Valerie Sheppard

301-
829-2657
Ongoing
(contact sponsor for details)
Continuing 
Education
FIR 6: Animal Crime Scenes and Evidence Collection
ASPCA's Anti-Cruelty Online Course Program www.ASPCApro.org/texas

Valerie Sheppard

301-
829-2657
Ongoing
(contact sponsor for details)
Continuing 
Education
FIR 7: Veterinary Forensics ASPCA's Anti-Cruelty Online Course Program www.ASPCApro.org/texas Valerie Sheppard 301-
829-2657
Ongoing
(contact sponsor for details)
Continuing 
Education
FIR 8: Field Sheltering and Temporary Shelters ASPCA's Anti-Cruelty Online Course Program www.ASPCApro.org/texas Valerie Sheppard
301-
829-2657
Ongoing
(contact sponsor for details)

Continuing 
Education
FIR 9: Fundamentals of Emergency Sheltering ASPCA's Anti-Cruelty Online Course Program www.ASPCApro.org/texas Valerie Sheppard
301-
829-2657
Ongoing
(contact sponsor for details)
Continuing 
Education
FIR 10: Emergency Shelter Medicine ASPCA's Anti-Cruelty Online Course Program www.ASPCApro.org/texas Valerie Sheppard 301-
829-2657
Ongoing
(contact sponsor for specific dates) 
Basic   Basic Animal Control Officer Training Course Giddings – Texas Academy of Animal Control Officers
www.txacademyaco.com/schedule.html
Alan Spence or Ann Spence 979-
542-5010
Ongoing
(contact sponsor for specific dates) 
Continuing 
Education
Animal Cruelty Investigation Giddings – Texas Academy of Animal Control Officers
www.txacademyaco.com/schedule.html
Alan Spence or Ann Spence 979-
542-5010
Ongoing
(contact sponsor for specific dates) 
Continuing 
Education
Chemical Capture and Restraint Giddings – Texas Academy of Animal Control Officers
www.txacademyaco.com/schedule.html
Alan Spence or Ann Spence 979-
542-5010
Ongoing
(contact sponsor for specific dates)
Continuing 
Education
Dangerous Vicious Dog and Bite Investigation  Giddings – Texas Academy of Animal Control Officers
www.txacademyaco.com/schedule.html
Alan Spence or Ann Spence  979-
542-5010
Ongoing
(contact sponsor for specific dates) 
Continuing 
Education
Euthanasia Training Course (Initial) Giddings – Texas Academy of Animal Control Officers
www.txacademyaco.com/schedule.html
Alan Spence or Ann Spence 979-
542-5010
Ongoing
(contact sponsor for specific dates) 
Continuing 
Education
Euthanasia Training Course (Review) Giddings – Texas Academy of Animal Control Officers
www.txacademyaco.com/schedule.html
Alan Spence or Ann Spence 979-
542-5010
Ongoing
(contact sponsor for specific dates) 
Continuing 
Education
Large Animal Breed Recognition Giddings – Texas Academy of Animal Control Officers
www.txacademyaco.com/schedule.html
Alan Spence or Ann Spence 979-
542-5010
Ongoing
(contact sponsor for specific dates) 
Continuing 
Education
Officer Safety and Survival Giddings – Texas Academy of Animal Control Officers
www.txacademyaco.com/schedule.html
Alan Spence or Ann Spence 979-
542-5010
Ongoing
(contact sponsor for specific dates) 
Continuing Education Herpetology
Familiarization and Handling
Giddings – Texas Academy of Animal Control Officers
www.txacademyaco.com/schedule.html
Alan Spence or Ann Spence 979-
542-5010
Ongoing
(contact sponsor for specific dates) 

Basic Course
Animal Control Officer Basic Training Various
(contact sponsor for more information)

Jay Sabatucci
 817-
319-5697
1/26-27/2017Continuing Education Training for Animal Control Professionals Grand PrairieKeane Menefee817-996-1452
1/27-28/2017  Basic Course Animal Control Officer Basic TrainingArlington Jay Sabatucci 817-
319-5697
1/29/2017
Continuing Education
 Euthanasia Training Arlington Keane Menefee 817-996-1452
 3/23-24/2017Continuing Education  Advanced Training for Animal Control Professionals Grand Prairie  Keane Menefee 817-996-1452
 3/25-26/2017Continuing Education Wildlife Rehabilitation Basics: Well Baby Care Plano  Kate Rugroden817-229-5653
 4/8-9/2017Continuing Education Wildlife Rehabilitation Basics: Advanced Topics  Plano Kate Rugroden817-229-5653 
 5/6/2017Continuing Education Wildlife Rehabilitation Skills Workshop: Opossum Care Plano Kate Rugroden817-229-5653 
 5/6/2017Continuing Education Wildlife Rehabilitation Skills Workshop: Raccoon Care Plano Kate Rugroden817-229-5653 
 5/20/2017Continuing Education One-Day Bat Rehabilitation Workshop Plano Kate Rugroden817-229-5653 
 6/2-3/2017 Basic Course Animal Control Officer Basic Training MansfieldJay Sabatucci 817-
319-5697 
 6/10-11/2017Continuing Education Wildlife Rehabilitation Basics: Well Baby Care Ft. Worth Kate Rugroden817-229-5653 
 6/24-25/2017Continuing Education Wildlife Rehabilitation Basics: Advanced Topics Ft. Worth Kate Rugroden817-229-5653 
 7/8/2017Continuing Education Wildlife Rehabilitation Skills Workshop: Opossum Care Ft. Worth Kate Rugroden817-229-5653 
 7/8/2017Continuing Education Wildlife Rehabilitation Skills Workshop: Raccoon Care Ft. Worth Kate Rugroden817-229-5653 
 7/22/2017Continuing Education One-Day Bat Rehabilitation Workshop  Weatherford

 Kate Rugroden817-229-5653 

*  Schedule for Non-DSHS ACO Courses

These courses are approved by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to meet training requirements set forth in Texas Health and Safety Code, Ch. 829, Animal Control Officer Training.  Additionally the euthanasia training courses have been approved to meet training requirements set forth in Texas Health and Safety Code Ch. 821, Treatment and Disposition of Animals. All of these courses are conducted by outside sponsors, NOT the DSHS.  You need to get in touch with the contact(s) listed for a course to obtain details about it. Of the 30 hours of required CE per Chapter 829, a maximum of 10 hours per 3-year period can be obtained via satisfactory completion of DSHS-approved online training.

Last updated December 7, 2016