Texas Animal Shelter Coalition

TCCI Cruelty Certification

  • 28 Aug 2015
  • 29 Aug 2015
  • Arlington, Texas

Texas Certified Cruelty Investigator Course 201


Cruelty cases are often won or lost based upon the credentials of the expert witnesses.  Defense attorneys will often attempt to have testimony from ACOs thrown out or disallowed if they can’t prove that they have specific experience in cruelty investigations. The Texas Animal Control Association’s Texas Certified Cruelty Investigator courses are designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to handle all aspects of a cruelty investigation, from report writing to courtroom procedures.  Certification as a TCCI provides tangible proof that you have the training and experience needed to handles these unique cases and will make sure that your voice is recognized as the expert testimony it should be. 


TACA will be hosting Course 201 on August 28-29 at the Arlington Animal Shelter (1000 SE Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington, 76018). The course will have registration from 8:00-8:30 with instruction time  until 5:00* both days.  Officers interested in attending should register today as space is limited.  Course 201 is approved for 13 continuing education hours by the Texas Department of State Health Services.  The courses do not have to be taken in any particular order so even if you have not yet taken 101 or 301, you can still attend this offering.  Certified Peace Officers do not have to take Course 201 to achieve a TCCI Certification.  


More information about the class can be found in the attached brochure and a registration form is also included. Please forward to any Animal Control Officers, Law Enforcement Officers, or animal welfare personnel who may be interested in obtaining this vital training.  Completed registration forms can be mailed to the address on the form or emailed to TACACruelty@att.net.  Attendees must be preregistered so that course materials can be distributed prior to the start of the class.


In 2011, TACA was asked to take over the training programs formerly offered by the Association of Certified Cruelty investigators.  ACCI wanted to improve the training it was providing by making the courses specific to each of the states they were currently teaching in.  ACCI recognized TACA as the leading agency in Texas for animal control and welfare and knew TACA’s history and stability made them the ideal candidate to continue providing this much needed training to the benefit of TACA’s members and the animals they protect.  TACA’s board recognized the value the courses provided to its membership and unanimously approved taking over the courses.  This new training became known as the Texas Certified Cruelty Investigator courses and provides the highest level of specialized training for those tasked with performing these duties.


For more information about TACA or the TCCI Courses, please visit www.taca.org


If a participant wants to provide feedback on this course and/or its sponsor, the participant can mail comments to the Texas Department of State Health Services, Training Course Coordinator, Zoonosis Control, MC 1956, P.O. Box 149347, Austin, Texas, 78714-9347 or email them to The.Vet@dshs.state.tx.us.


*All class end times are at the instructor's discretion.

TCCI Brochure 201.pdf

TCCI Registration Form.pdf

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