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    Mail Code: 1960
    PO BOX 149347 - Austin, TX 78714-9347
    1100 West 49th Street, Suite T801
    Austin, TX 78714

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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.

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) 
Julie Sparks  940-220-0307 
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 Sheppard301-829-2657 
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 Sheppard301-829-2657
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 Sheppard301-829-2657
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 Sheppard301-829-2657 
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 Sheppard301-829-2657
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 Sheppard301-829-2657
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 Sheppard301-829-2657
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 Sheppard301-829-2657
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 CourseAnimal Control
Officer
Basic Training
Various 
(contact sponsor for
more information)
Jay Sabatucci682-241-0905
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 CaseHutto - 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 DiseasesHutto - Humane
Educators 
Kelly Thyssen
info@humaneeducators
oftexas.com

512-221-5464
Ongoing
(contact sponsor 
for specific dates)
Continuing 
Education
Public EducationHutto - 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 
8/21/2019 Continuing
Education  
Practical Shelter and
Field First Aid 
Dallas
www.texasunites
.com 
Rebecca Langevin
info@
texasunites.com 
972-890-4773 
8/23/2019 Continuing 
Education 
Euthanasia Training Mansfield Keane Menefee
KMenefee@
msn.com  
817-996-1452 
8/26/2019 Continuing
Education  
Euthanasia Training Lubbock Keane Menefee
KMenefee@
msn.com 
817-996-1452 
9/9/2019 Continuing
Education 


Stress Management and
Compassion Fatigue Training 

McKinney Keane Menefee
KMenefee@
msn.com 
817-996-1452 
9/12/2019 -
9/13/2019
Basic Basic Animal
Control Officer
Training Course
PlanoJay Sabatucci

JaysBasicClass@
gmail.com

682-241-0905 
9/16/2019 -
9/17/2019
Continuing
Education
Administrative
Training for
Animal Control
Professionals
MansfieldKeane Menefee
KMenefee@
msn.com
817-996-1452 
9/21/2019 

Continuing
Education

Wildlife Introduction
Squirrels
Introducing Native Texas
Wildlife and Best Practices

Arlington Kim West
kdcwest@
sbcglobal.net 
817-271-4622 
10/26/2019Continuing
Education
Bat Rehabilitation
One-day Workshop
 WeatherfordKate Rugroden
bwmidcities@
batworld.org
 817-229-5653 
10/27/2019Continuing
Education
Bat Rehabilitation
Advanced Skills
Workshop
 WeatherfordKate 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. 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 August 15, 2019