Texas Animal Shelter Coalition

Two Day Basic ACO-July 22-23, ACO Basic Test July 23-Terrell, Texas

  • 22 Jul 2015
  • 23 Jul 2015
  • Terrell, Texas

Subject: Announcement Two Day Basic Animal Control Officer Course July 22 & 23, 2015 and ACO Basic Test, July 23, 2015 in Terrell Texas



Health Service Region 2/3 | Zoonosis Control

Basic Animal Control Officer Training Course


Date:               July 22 - 23, 2014


Location:         City of Terrell Service Center

400 Industrial Blvd,

Terrell, Texas 75160. 

This Two-Day Basic ACO Course will consist of 12 hours of lecture, video and speaker presentations that will assist attendees in their comprehension of the study material for the state exam on the second day. The cost to register is $75.00 per person. Do not send payment with your application.

To register, e-mail or fax the completed application form to our office.

If your registering for the DSHS Two Day Basic ACO Course do not need to fill out the Testing only application, you will be allowed to test at the end of the Two Day ACO Course.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, June 30, 2015 or when seating capacity is filled.

Acceptance packets should be sent out within a week of that date.

For more information on the course, go to http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/health/zoonosis/education/training/aco/


NOTE: Questions for the exam will come from the DSHS Animal Control Officer Training Manual. The most recent version was released in 2014. You may purchase a printed copy of the manual from DSHS by completing the form for the county you live in at: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/health/zoonosis/education/training/aco/manual/order/

The entire updated manual can also be found and reviewed online here:http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/health/zoonosis/education/training/aco/manual/onLine/


Chapter 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code requires all ACOs to successfully complete a basic training course within one year of their date of hire. 30 hours of continuing education credit must be obtained within the subsequent three year period. For those ACOs that were grandfathered in when Chapter 829 took effect on July 1, 2008, but are no longer in compliance as of July 1, 2011, you must retake the course and exam. It is our hope that officers will attend not just because of the legal requirement, but because it will enhance their level of professionalism, their knowledge base, and safety in the field.


If you have any questions, please contact:

Ron Cornelison


(817) 264-4923


An Application to take only the Basic Animal Control Officer test is attached as well.

(do not fill out this application if you are signing up for the two day Animal Control Officer Basic Course,)

A Basic Animal Control Officer Test only will be held on July 23 at the same location for those who have taken a Basic Course from a DSHS approved outside sponsor.

You must copy or scan your original letter from your Basic Course sponsor showing you completed their Basic course and send it in with your Basic Test only application to be accepted to take the test.


Please fill out the application that pertains to you and return it to me ASAP.

Seating is limited to 35 attendees and the seats will go quickly.

Contact me if you have any questions.


Ron Cornelison

Zoonosis Control Specialist

Texas Department of State Health Services

Public Health Service Region 2/3


1301 South Bowen, Suite 200

Arlington, TX  76013-2262

Phone (817) 264-4923 - Fax (817) 264-4500

Basic TEST ONLY ACO training Application.docx

Terrell Basic Two Day Basic Animal Control Officer application.docx


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