Animal Control Officer

This course is designed to prepare students for state certification as Animal Control Officers (ACOs), entry level positions in the field.

Dog in shelter

Topics include:

  • Legal authority for animal control
  • Procedures for court action
  • Animal identification, behavior and handling
  • Disease recognition and prevention
  • First aid on the road
  • Community relations
  • Shelter operations, euthanasia and adoption

In addition to classroom hours, there is a requirement of twenty (20) hours of ride-alongs with certified Animal Control Officers. Students are responsible for researching and scheduling shelter visits and ride-alongs.  While successful completion is required in order to be appointed as an Animal Control Officer by a New Jersey Municipality, this course is also appropriate for individuals interested in other areas of animal care and welfare, such as veterinary technicians, shelter personnel and animal care attendants.

Required textbooks are available from the OCC Bookstore.

Cost: $699

CEPA 118