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All Classes Start at 8:30 a.m., unless otherwise noted.

The Texas Academy of Animal Control Officers (TAACO) is now embarking on its ninth year of providing complete PROFESSIONAL ANIMAL CARE and CONTROL TRAINING for those choosing to enter, or currently working in the animal care and control field as a career. The TFA course is a part of the Blinn College Workforce Education Program, as well as approved by the State of Texas. The TAACO facility and the TFA course are an approved training provider for the U.S. Veteran’s Administration.

The TAACO TFA course is our flagship course. The TFA offers a prestigious diploma, two state certifications and 14 certificates of completion in pertinent areas of the animal care and control field. The TFA is 130 hours (4 weeks, Mon-Thr) in length. The TFA affords the most in-depth training offered anywhere. Therefore, we welcome and have hosted students from all over the United States. Since opening in July 2005, we have had approximately 300 TFA and over 3,500 In-Service students attend TAACO courses.

The TFA includes, but not limited to the following curriculum; Basic Animal Control Training Certification, Basic Humane Law Enforcement, Court Room Procedures, Police–First Responder Radio & Emergency procedures, Citation & Report Writing, Violator Contacts-Verbal Judo, Small and Large Animal Anatomy, Animal Care Technician (Parasitology, Pharmacology, Common Diseases Recognition & Treatments, Animal First Aid) Certified Euthanasia Technician, Chemical Capture & Restraint, Advanced Animal Cruelty Investigations, Animals in Disaster, Animal First Aid, FEMA 100-700 Review, Reptile Identification and Handling, Code Enforcement, Job Interviewing and other pertinent training subjects.

Upon completion, the TFA graduate has four avenues to gainful immediate employment. Those are either as an ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER, ANIMAL CARE TECHNICIAN, ANIMAL CRUELTY INVESTIGATOR and/or CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER.

TAACO has a 90% hire rate of its TFA graduates that continue on and take/pass the state exam. The jobs are waiting for you. Potential employers love the idea of having an applicant that is fully trained and ready to go to work. The TFA cuts your/their field training by at least 60%. This saves the employer time and money. We are now registering for our next TFA course.

TAACO also offers CONTINUING EDUCATION courses for the CURRENTLY EMPLOYED ACO/ACT. Every certified ACO in Texas must complete a minimum of 30 CE hours of approved training, every three years, after receiving their DSHS Basic ACO certification. TAACO offers 15 CE courses that are available monthly at the Academy and REMOTELY upon request. Any currently working/employed ACO is eligible to take the CE courses. The better trained you are the better safer job you do.

Proverbs 12:10
"A righteous man respects the life of his animal"

In Memory of Officer Bobby Dean Evans

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