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ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER

WHY SHOULD I BECOME AN ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER?

Are you interested in maintaining the public safety by enforcing animal licensing laws and laws relating to the humane care of animals?  If you are then a career as an Animal Control Officer (ACO) may be for you.

Animal control officers are responsible for capturing and impounding dangerous or stray animals, investigating animal cruelty cases, enforcing licensing laws, providing testimony in court, rescuing animals in distress, writing reports, and providing humane care to animals.

HOW DO I BECOME AN ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER?

Florida State Statute 828.27 mandates that animal control officers successfully complete a 40 hour minimum standards training course. At this time the Animal Control Officer certification courses at American Animal Cruelty Investigations School (AACIS), and the Florida Animal Control Association (FACA) are the only courses approved for this basic certification in the state of Florida. 

WILL I BE ABLE TO FIND A JOB AS AN ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER?

This course is open to the general public, including those students who hope to find job placement in the animal protection field. Most employers are looking for applicants with a combination of related education and animal handling experience. The successful completion of this course is one way to improve your chances of being hired..       

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR A COURSE?

To register for Animal Control Officer courses, complete the online registration form. In-person registration can be done through Enrollment Services office located in the Administration Building (next to the Library) at the Panama City Campus.

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The course information needed to complete the registration can be found in the course listings below.

AACIS - American Animal Cruelty Investigations School

Florida Animal Control Officer State Certification Course

Course meets the training requirements under Chapter 828.27(4)(a)(1) Florida Statutes

This is a 40-hour course that provides participants with the necessary skills and resources to successfully perform the duties of an animal control officer. The class offers the newest and most modern training for Animal Control Officer certification available for Florida officers. The course topics include the following:

  • Constitutional, State & Local Law
  • U.S. Justice System
  • Fundamental Canine  & Feline Animal Knowledge
  • ADA Service Animals
  • Field Operations
  • Disaster Planning
  • Zoonosis & Rabie Prevention & Control
  • Report Writing
  • Courtroom Preparation

                                                                                                                                              COURSE LISTINGS                                                                                                                                                                  

Tues. - Fri., Sept. 6-9, 8:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.
North Bay Campus, EOC Building 108
CRN: 98041 | Course: XPS 0172 | $550.00
Mon. - Thurs., Nov. 14-17, 8:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.
North Bay Campus, EOC Building 108
CRN: 98042 | Course: XPS 0172 | $550.00

 

Florida Animal Control AssociationAnimal Control Officer Certification

COURSE LISTINGS

 

TBA
North Bay Campus, EOC Building 108
CRN:        | Course: XPS 0006 | Fee: $495.00 (FACA Members)
CRN:        | Course: XPS 0006 | Fee: $595.00 (Non-FACA Members)

 

  

Florida Animal Control AssociationChemical Immobilization Certification

COURSE LISTINGS
 

Mon.-Tues., TBA, 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
North Bay Campus, Abbott Building 130
CRN: TBA | Course: XPS-0067 | Fee: $274.00 (FACA Members)
CRN: TBA | Course: XPS-0067 | Fee: $314.00 (Non-FACA Members)

Contact:
Greg May
gmay@gulfcoast.edu
(850) 913-3297

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