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    PO BOX 149347 - Austin, TX 78714-9347
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ACO Courses By Outside Sources

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.

Chapter 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code mandates that 30 hours of required continuing education (CE) training for Animal Control Officers (ACOs) approved by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) be completed every 3 years. Of these, DSHS policy has been that a maximum of 10 hours per 3-year period can be obtained via satisfactory completion of DSHS-approved online training.  However, due to the number of course cancellations and the limitations on travel created by the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a temporary exception to this limit has been implemented.  For ACOs whose 3-year period ends between March 15, 2020, and March 15, 2021 (inclusive), up to 30 of the required CE hours can be earned via satisfactory completion of DSHS-approved online training.  Please note that certificates of completion from online sponsors may still include the statement about the 10-hour limit; that does not mean that this temporary exception does not apply.  

On May 14, 2020, the Office of the Governor issued a waiver pertaining to the temporary suspension of Chapter 829 training requirements for ACOs as a result of the March 13, 2020, COVID-19 disaster declaration.  Notification of the waiver is available at https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/waivers.aspx.

Please be advised that the outbreak of COVID-19 has resulted in cancellation of many Animal Control Officer Basic Training and continuing education courses.  Contact the course sponsor to determine if a course you plan to attend will still be conducted.

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. On May 14, 2020, the Office of the Governor also issued a waiver pertaining to the temporary suspension of Chapter 821 training requirements for euthanasia technicians. Notification of the waiver is available at https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/waivers.aspx

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.

Disclaimer: The approval of an animal control course by the Department of State Health Services pertains only to the approval of the course curriculum, instructors, length, date, and location as provided by the course sponsor. During the current COVID disaster declaration, it is the responsibility of the course sponsor to determine if there are any applicable restrictions in place to which they must adhere, including those associated with an emergency declaration(s) or a local order condition(s). 

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) 
info@4act.com 800-357-3182 
           
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details) 
On Demand
Webinar
Recording 
Optimal Staffing for Shelter
Medical Departments & Clinics 
https://learning.theaawa.
org/ 
The Association for
Animal Welfare Advancement  
888-600-3648 x 107 
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details) 
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording
Taking the CRISIS out of
Crisis Communications 
https://learning.theaawa.
org/ 
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement 
888-600-3648 x 107
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details)  
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 
Reduce Fear, Anxiety & Stress
in Shelter Animals with Fear Free 
https://learning.theaawa.
org/  
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement 
888-600-3648 x 107
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details)  
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 
Reducing Infection: Updates
in Feline URI Management 
https://learning.theaawa.
org/  
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement
888-600-3648 x 107
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details)  
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 
Going through Hell?
Keep Going! 
https://learning.theaawa.
org/  
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement 
888-600-3648 x 107
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details)  
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 
Population Medicine and
Effective Animal Disaster
Response & Recovery 
https://learning.theaawa.
org/  
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement 
888-600-3648 x 107
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details)  
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 
Urgent Transport: Moving
Large Numbers of Animals
by Air and Land 
https://learning.theaawa.
org/ 
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement 
888-600-3648 x 107
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details) 
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 
Medical Aspects of
Companion Animal
Transport Programs 
https://learning.theaawa.
org/  
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement 
888-600-3648 x 107
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details) 
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 
How to Implement
Transport Best Practices 
https://learning.theaawa.
org/  
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement 
888-600-3648 x 107
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details) 
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 
The Leadership Challenge:
Nobody in Vet School Told Me 
I Had to Lead to Succeed 
https://learning.theaawa.
org/  
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement 
888-600-3648 x 107
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details)  
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 
Updated Animal Transportation
Best Practices 
https://learning.theaawa.
org/  
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement 
888-600-3648 x 107
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details)  
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 
Foundations for Behavioral
Well-Being 
https://learning.theaawa.
org/  
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement
888-600-3648 x 107
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details) 
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 
Come Together: Why & How
We Need to Think About
Mergers and Consolidations 
https://learning.theaawa.
org/ 
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement 
888-600-3648 x 107 
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details) 
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 
Getting to Model Shelter:
One Shelter’s Journey to
Completion of the ASV Guidelines 
https://learning.theaawa.
org/ 
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement 
888-600-3648 x 107 
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details) 
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 
High-Performing Communications
Team: Taking Your Team to the
Next Level 
https://learning.theaawa.
org/ 
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement 
888-600-3648 x 107 
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details) 
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 
Measuring the Effectiveness
of Your Communications Work 
https://learning.theaawa.
org/ 
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement 
888-600-3648 x 107 
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details) 
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 
The Power of Perspective: 
Finding the Silver Lining When
It’s Raining Cats & Dogs 
https://learning.theaawa.
org/ 
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement 
888-600-3648 x 107 
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details)
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 
Managing and Overcoming
Resistance to Change 
https://learning.theaawa.
org/ 
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement 
888-600-3648 x 107 
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details)
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 
Internal Communications:
Informing and Engaging
Your Staff & Board 
https://learning.theaawa.
org/ 
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement 
888-600-3648 x 107 
 Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details)
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 
Innovative Annual Reports
that Provide Value to Constituents 
https://learning.theaawa.
org/ 
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement 
888-600-3648 x 107 
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details) 
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 
Thought Leadership for Nonprofits:
Marketing to Build Authority &
Share Expertise 
https://learning.theaawa.
org/ 
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement 
888-600-3648 x 107 
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details) 
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 
How Healthy Is
Your Organization? 
https://learning.theaawa.
org/ 
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement 
888-600-3648 x 107 
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details) 
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 
Decisions, Decisions -
All the Tools You Need to
Make the Tough Calls 
https://learning.theaawa.
org/ 
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement 
888-600-3648 x 107 
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details) 
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 
Your Data Counts!  https://learning.theaawa.
org/ 
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement 
888-600-3648 x 107 
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details) 
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 
Big Impact: An Intro
to Social Change 
https://learning.theaawa.
org/ 
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement 
888-600-3648 x 107 
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details)
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 
Outcomes and Continuum
of Care in the Animal Shelter 
https://learning.theaawa.
org/ 
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement 
888-600-3648 x 107 
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details) 
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 
Streamlining and Enhancing
Veterinary Care in the Shelter 
https://learning.theaawa.
org/ 
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement 
888-600-3648 x 107 
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details) 
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 
Veterinary Decision Making
in Animal Welfare 
https://learning.theaawa.
org/ 
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement 
888-600-3648 x 107 
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details)
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 
Completing the Adoption,
Post-adoption & Returns 
https://learning.theaawa.
org/ 
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement 
888-600-3648 x 107 
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details) 
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 
Groundwork for Adoptions  https://learning.theaawa.
org/ 
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement 
888-600-3648 x 107 
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details)
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 
Assessing Your Adoption Program  https://learning.theaawa.
org/ 
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement 
888-600-3648 x 107 
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details) 
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 
There’s no “I” in TEAM: Coaching
& Motivating for Maximum Impact 
https://learning.theaawa.
org/ 
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement 
888-600-3648 x 107 
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for details) 
On Demand 
Webinar 
Recording 

The Certificate in
Organizational Leadership

https://learning.theaawa.
org/ 
The Association for 
Animal Welfare Advancement 
888-600-3648 x 107 
           
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 301-829-2657
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
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
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
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
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)
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)
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
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
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
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 682-241-0905
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for specific dates)
Continuing 
Education
Euthanasia
Technician
Course 
Hutto - Humane
Educators 
Kelly Thyssen

512-221-5464
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for specific dates)
Continuing 
Education
Interpersonal
Communication 
Hutto - Humane 
Educators 
Kelly Thyssen
info@humaneeducators
oftexas.com


512-221-5464

Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for specific dates)
Continuing 
Education
Report Writing  Hutto - Humane
Educators
Kelly Thyssen
info@humaneeducators
oftexas.com

512-221-5464
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for specific dates)
Continuing 
Education
Making The Case Hutto - Humane
Educators 
Kelly Thyssen
info@humaneeducators
oftexas.com

512-221-5464
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for specific dates)
Continuing 
Education
Common Mammals
of Texas
Hutto - Humane
Educators 
Kelly Thyssen
info@humaneeducators
oftexas.com

512-221-5464
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for specific dates)
Continuing 
Education
Zoonotic Diseases Hutto - Humane
Educators 
Kelly Thyssen
info@humaneeducators
oftexas.com

512-221-5464
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for specific dates)
Continuing 
Education
Public Education Hutto - Humane
Educators 
Kelly Thyssen
info@humaneeducators
oftexas.com

512-221-5464
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for specific dates)
Continuing 
Education
Public Relations
for ACOs
Hutto - Humane
Educators 
Kelly Thyssen
info@humaneeducators
oftexas.com

512-221-5464
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for specific dates)
Continuing 
Education
Bohemian Tahitian
Daneapuggle-
doodle:
A Guide to Dog
and Cat Breeds
Hutto - Humane
Educators 
Kelly Thyssen
info@humaneeducators
oftexas.com

512-221-5464
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for specific dates) 
Continuing 
Education
Dangerous Dog
(HSC 822)
and Rabies Law
(HSC 826)
Hutto - Humane
Educators 
Kelly Thyssen
info@humaneeducators
oftexas.com

512-221-5464
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for specific dates)
Continuing 
Education
PetSaver: Pet CPR,
First Aid and Care
Hutto - Humane
Educators 
Kelly Thyssen
info@humaneeducators
oftexas.com
 
512-221-5464

Ongoing
(contact sponsor
for specific dates
and locations)

Basic Course  Animal Control Officer
Basic Training
The Act
www.humaneacademytheact.com
Dr. Melissa
Draper
Info@HumaneAcademy
TheAct.com
361-247-0444 
Ongoing
(contact sponsor
for specific dates
and locations) 

Continuing
Education 
Euthanasia Training
Course 
The Act
www.humaneacademytheact.com
Dr. Melissa
Draper
Info@HumaneAcademy
TheAct.com
361-247-0444 
8/24/2020 Continuing
Education 
Euthanasia Training
Course 
Arlington Keane Menefee
KMenefee@
msn.com
817-996-1452 
8/31/2020 Continuing
Education 
Local Rabies Control
Authority Training 
Arlington Keane Menefee
KMenefee@
msn.com 
817-996-1452 
9/17/2020-
9/18/2020 
Continuing
Education 
Animal Control Officer
Basic Training Course 
Arlington  Jay Sabatucci
JaysBasicClass@
gmail.com 
682-241-0905 
9/21/2020 Continuing
Education 
Euthanasia Training
Course 
Arlington Keane Menefee
KMenefee@
msn.com  
817-996-1452 
10/5/2020 Continuing
Education 
Bite Stick/ASP and Chemical
Immobilization and Capture Course  
Arlington Keane Menefee
KMenefee@
msn.com 
817-996-1452 
10/10/2020  Continuing
Education 
One-day Bat
Rehabilitation Workshop 
Weatherford  Kate Rugroden
bwmidcities@
batworld.org 
817-229-5653 
10/11/2020  Continuing
Education 
Advanced Skills Bat
Rehabilitation Workshop 
Weatherford  Kate Rugroden
bwmidcities@
batworld.org 
817-229-5653 

*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.

Disclaimer: The approval of an animal control course by the Department of State Health Services pertains only to the approval of the course curriculum, instructors, length, date, and location as provided by the course sponsor. During the current COVID disaster declaration, it is the responsibility of the course sponsor to determine if there are any applicable restrictions in place to which they must adhere, including those associated with an emergency declaration(s) or a local order condition(s).

Last updated August 5, 2020