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    Infectious Disease Control Unit
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    PO BOX 149347 - Austin, TX 78714-9347
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ACO Courses By Outside Sources

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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)



Juanita Stone


940-
220-0309

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
8/22/2014

Continuing
Education

Euthanasia Training Course Odessa, Texas Paul O'Neill 432-
528-0950

9/4-5/2014

Continuing Education
Animal Euthanasia Training Course
El Paso, Texas

Lisa Glidden
915-
212-6083

10/7/2014
Continuing Education Hoarding: A Simple Look at a Complex Disorder
El Paso, Texas
Cynthia Vizcarra 915-
212-6083


10/27-28/2014


Basic Course

Animal Control Officer Basic Training
Weatherford, Texas

Jay Sabatucci
817-
319-5697

*  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.

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Last updated August 18, 2014