Course Descriptions & Fees

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

TAACO is NOW AN APPROVED TRAINING PROVIDER FOR THE VETERAN'S ADMINISTRATION. Any veteran may use their VA benefits for reimbursement up to the full course tuition, depending on your individual circumstances.

The TFA now affords 2 state certifications and 14 other certificates of completion in all areas of Animal Care and Control.

TAACO Full Academy (TFA)
(Open to Public)

130 HRS/$4,950

The TAACO FULL ACADEMY (TFA) is the flagship course for the facility. This 4 week, (130 hour) complete Humane Law Enforcement training course is structured like a combination police academy and vocational school. The TFA has all the basic ACO, Shelter/Kennel and Vet Assistant training, but emphasizes the importance professionalism, ethics, discipline and general humane law enforcement training. Everything you need to start a professional career in the ACC field is included in the TFA course. It affords 2 state certifications and 14 certificates of completion in all pertinent aspects of the ACC field. TAACO has a 95% hire rate of graduates that complete the TFA course and take the state exam.

View some TFA Letters of Appreciation

"Animal Cops" not just a job, but a career.

FOR MORE INFO view a Printable TFA Flyer ~ TFA Diploma ~ 2014 TFA

View the Frequently Asked Questions about the TFA Course.

TFA REGISTRATION APPLICATION INFORMATION AND FORMS
Veterans Benefits Checklist

The TFA course is a part of the Blinn College Workforce Education Program. The TFA and/or the VAC course, which now is included in the TFA. All students will receive continuing education credit from Blinn College upon successful completion of the course.


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Basic-Animal Care Tech Course (BACT)
(Open to Public)

36 HRS/
$650 (No lodging)
$850 (dbl occupancy)
$950 (pvt lodging)

The BASIC-ACT course is specifically designed for the individual, that is currently working in, or seeking to work in an animal (City/County, Humane Society, Animal Rescue) care facility. This course is a full 36 hours (4.5 days) in length. The BACT includes the following training, to well prepare you for working in any animal care facility or even a vet clinic, as we have combined our Animal Care Tech and Shelter Management courses. This course is structured much like a CNA course is for humans.

  • Small Animal Breed Recognition, Common Diseases Recognition/Treatment (Canine-Feline, colors, markings, patterns)
  • Parasitology, Health & Nutrition – Body Condition Scoring (Internal-external-ecto)
  • Familiarization With Equipment Used, Surgery Protocols, Universal Precautions Pharmacology, Immunizations, Administration of Treatments, Hematology Vital Signs – Triage – Emergency, Zoonotic Diseases, Facility Sanitation, Disease Control, Common/Uncommon Behaviors, Handling & Restraint, Animal Bite Prevention, Caring For Animals in a Disaster (FEMA) Situation, Euthanasia Certification.
  • This course will greatly familiarize you with the common practices and procedures in the day to day workings of an animal care facility, especially in a shelter environment. This is also very helpful information in taking care of your own personal pets; you may very well save thousands of dollars by learning how and what to do yourself.

    All these courses taken individually would cost well over $3,000. A lodging included package, is available for $850.00 (Sun-Thu night-double occupancy). Single rooms are available upon request at an additional charge.

    All the learning materials are included. The only requirement to attend is be at least 17 years of age. Class hours are 8:30am-5:00pm, Monday - Thursday and 8:30am-12:00 noon on Friday. Lodging check in is 2:00pm-4:00pm on Sunday and class begins at 08:30 Monday morning.

    REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS 7 DAYS PRIOR TO THE START DATE OF THE CLASS.
    The BACT requires 8 students to make and 16 maximum accepted per session. We are NOW registering for upcoming class. Simply download the registration application, send it to TAACO (332 E. Cuero St., Giddings, TX 78942), at least 10 days prior to the start date of the class. You may register with a $250 DEPOSIT, that will lock you in the class, but the full tuition must be paid by the registration deadline. IF registration and tuition paid in full at least 21 days in advance, students will receive a $50.00 discount.

    BACT Registration Application & Info



    Dangerous Vicious Dog Bite Investigation (DVD)
    TCLEOSE, DSHS, TACA approved

    4 HRS/$50
    (Continuing Education)

    This four hour block of instruction is mainly designed for POs, but it is TCLEOSE, DSHS-TACA approved and recommended for ACOs also.

    The need for proper training on how to possibly better handle a call for service involving an aggressive-vicious dog, as well as investigating an animal bite and rabies law requirements are taught. EDUCATION is the key to officer and animal safety. Also, the DVD course is in compliance with the new House Bill #1315 (mandatory training for POs).

    Departments all over are catching heat for simply doing what they think is the best and proper action at the time. Of course, officer safety is always priority one, but if lethal force does not have to be used, that is best for all. As we know, this can very well become a media nightmare. Training may well also prevent litigation.

    This new course is now being offered REMOTELY (group tuition rates available for remotes) upon request and regularly at our Giddings training facility.

    View DVD Course Flyer

    NEW Zoonotic Diseases Course One (ZooD-1)

    16 HRS/$250
    (Continuing Education)

    DSHS Approved for 16 Hours of Continuing Education. This class is designed as the first of a series. Course One covers 12 zoonotic diseases that may be encountered by animal control officers and shelter technicians. The diseases covered are as follows:

    • Anthrax
    • Brucellosis
    • Cat Scratch Disease
    • Campylobacter
    • Cryptosporidium
    • Giardia
    • Leptospirosis
    • Lyme Disease
    • Q-Fever
    • Rabies
    • Plague
    • Streptococcus

    Each in-depth disease discussion involves what the disease is, how it affects animals and humans, diagnosing the disease in both animals and humans, treatment options, as well as safety and prevention protocols. This course is appropriate for anyone currently working in the animal care and control industry. Course two is currently being developed, and will be available later this year once DSHS approval has been given.

    Basic Shelter Tech (BST)

    12 HRS/$250
    (Continuing Education)

    The BST course is designed to train persons that is currently working in a (City/County, Humane Society, Animal Rescue) animal care facility. This course is 12 hours in length. The BST includes the following training, to well prepare you for working in any animal care facility or even a vet clinic.

    • Common Diseases Recognition/Treatments
    • Parasitology, Health & Nutrition – Body Condition Scoring
    • Familiarization With Equipment Used, Pharmacology, Immunizations, Administration of Treatments, Triage–Emergency, Zoonotic Diseases, Facility Sanitation, Disease Control, Caring For Animals in a Disaster (FEMA) Situation.

    This course will greatly familiarize you with the common practices and procedures in the day to day workings of an animal care facility, especially in a shelter environment. This is also very helpful information in taking care of your own personal pets; you may very well save thousands of dollars by learning how and what to do for yourself.

    ACO Level 1/3 Combo (ACO L1/3)

    28 HRS/$400

    The ACO Level 1-3 is TAACO’s number two course. It allows the NEW HIRE (beginner) ACO/ACT to at least start out with the basis, required minimal training to perform the duties of an ACO/ACT legally and safely as possible. The L 1-3 covers all the required training, plus a great amount of practical experience. The state DSHS BASIC manual ($60.00) and a Euthanasia guide (manual) are included. Certificates are issued at the successful conclusion of the course and exam.

    The TAACO ACO Level 1-3 course is especially designed for the CURRENTLY EMPLOYED new hire (beginner) ACO/ ACT. The L 1-3 is a combination of a very “expanded” version of the DSHS BASIC ACO Training course, and the CERTIFIED EUTHANASIA TECH course. The L 1-3 is a total of 28 hours (usually offered the third Tuesday thru Friday noon of each month) Upon completion, the student’s training meets and exceeds the “minimum” requirements as set forth in Section 829 of the Texas Health and safety Code to work as an ACO in Texas.

    The TAACO expanded version of the DSHS BASIC (16 HRS) includes the following, but not limited to: The history of animal control, animal health and nutrition, parasitology, an extensive section on rabies, LRCA training, recognition and treatment of common shelter diseases, familiarization with giving injection, shelter operations and sanitation, all the laws, rules and regulations the ACO/ACT must know and follow, animal capture and restraint, dangerous dog and animal bite investigations and an in depth session on animal cruelty investigation,

    TAACO prides itself in becoming the first entity in the history of the State of Texas to be approved to offer the DSHS BASIC ACO course. TAACO offers the most extensive and in depth “BASIC course available, certainly, the most quality for the training dollar. Since 2005, TAACO has provided the most extensive professional training to ACOs/ACTs all over the state.

    The “Basic” student will be scheduled for the next and closest state exam as possible. (Exams only offered by DSHS in each ZC region) There is no cost for the testing, and TAACO offers FREE Basic course retakes, if for some reason the state exam is failed, however TAACO has a 95% pass rate. One may find “cheaper” training, but they will find no better. The ACO Level 1-3, offers everything in one course.

    ASK ABOUT CONTRACT DISCOUNT TUITION FOR ALL YOUR NEW HIRE ACOs
    The ACO Level 1-3 is available remotely upon request for any Department-Agency that would choose to host the class for there are, with a 12 student minimum.

    DSHS Approved Basic ACO Training Course (DSHS/ACO)

    16 HRS/$200

    There is no “BASIC” ACO course available, that is comparable to the TAACO. The TAACO expanded version of the DSHS BASIC (16 HRS) includes the following, but not limited to: The history of animal control, animal health and nutrition, parasitology, an extensive section on rabies, LRCA training, recognition and treatment of common shelter diseases, familiarization with giving injection, shelter operations and sanitation, all the laws, rules and regulations the ACO/ACT must know and follow, animal capture and restraint, dangerous dog and animal bite investigations and an in depth session on animal cruelty investigation.

    TAACO prides itself in becoming the first entity in the history of the State of Texas to be approved to offer the DSHS BASIC ACO course, out side the State itself. TAACO offers the most extensive and in depth “BASIC” course available, certainly, the most quality for the training dollar. Since 2005, TAACO has provided the most extensive professional training to ACOs/ACTs all over the state. All 15 TAACO in-service course DSHS, TACA and TCLEOSE CE approved.

    The “Basic” student will receive a “Letter of Completion” and be scheduled for the next and closest state exam as possible. (Exams only offered by DSHS in each ZC region) There is no cost for the testing, and TAACO offers FREE Basic course retakes, if for some reason the state exam is failed, however TAACO has a 95% pass rate. One may find “cheaper” training, but they will find no better training. (We recommend the ACO Level 1-3 course for all new hires to get everything at one time)

    ASK ABOUT CONTRACT DISCOUNT TUITION FOR ALL YOUR NEW HIRE ACOs
    The BASIC is available remotely upon request for any Department-Agency that would choose to host the class for there are, with a 12 student minimum. BOOKING NOW FOR 2011

    Advanced ACO Training Course (AACO)

    12 HRS/$250
    (Continuing Education)

    This course is approved by TACA for certification and DSHS only as continuing education credit as per SEC 829 of the THSC. The ADVANCED ACO TRAINING COURSE is the (2nd) level of four levels of progressive training courses for ACOs.
    (TACA WILL PROVIDE THE CERTIFICATION)
    EARNS CE CREDIT ALSO

    (AWESOME COURSE FOR BEGINNER ACTs or SHELTER PERSONNEL ALSO)

    The course includes a great amount of animal health & nutrition, disease recognition and control and treatment, shelter protocol, shelter sanitation, rabies control.


    Requirements: Complete the BASIC ACO course with a minimum 1 year of service as a Basic Certified ACO

    Administrative ACO Training Course (ADMIN)

    12 HRS/$250
    (Continuing Education)

    This course is approved by TACA for certification and DSHS only as continuing education credit as per SEC 829 of the THSC.

    The Administrative ACO Course is the next (3rd) level of training in the 4 progressive of training courses offered.

    (TACA WILL PROVIDE THE CERTIFICATION)

    EARNS CE CREDIT ALSO

    This course deals primarily with ACO and Animal Shelter administrative duties. Subjects such as Shelter Management, budgeting, increasing adoptions in-house and off site, forming volunteers and foster groups, grant writing and dealing with governing bodies.

    Requirements: Completed the Basic and Advanced ACO courses and a minimum of 2 full years service as a Certified ACO or ACT.

    ACO Supervisor Training Course (ACS)

    8 HRS/$150
    (Continuing Education)

    The ACS course is an in depth (8 hours) introduction in to the important duties, rules and regulation that are required to be followed by a person acting as an Animal Control Officer and/or as the Local Rabies Control Authority for a city or county. As a Supervisor, one must know what the field personnel are required to do. This course is offered exclusively by TAACO.

    Basic Field Spanish (BFS)

    8 HRS/$150
    (Continuing Education)

    The TAACO new BASIC FIELD SPANISH (BFS) course is designed to familiarize and assist an Officer with the basic language skills in dealing with a violator/victim in routine call for service the ACO field, that may not be English speaking. We have tried to cover most every aspect of a contact dealing with a typical animal call.

    With the increase in Spanish speaking contacts, this course will be very beneficial to the Street ACO or ACT.

    Subjects starting with, making the initial contact – Officer introduction dealing with law/ordinance violations, issuing citation, rabies vaccination requirements, animal re-claim, animal cruelty, animal bite reports and dangerous/vicious dog incidents.

    This 12 hour course is taught from a “bi-lingual” perspective with a power point presentation, by fluent a bi-lingual instructor. There is a great amount of personal practical interaction in this class.

    We are planning to offer this course at least once month at the Academy and REMOTELY upon request. Anyone interested in hosting a remote, please contact us at info@txacademyaco.com.

    Remote classes must have a minimum 12-15 students to make.
    DISCOUNTS are available for interdepartmental groups of 20 or more.
    Contract classes are available upon request.


    Basic Animal Cruelty Investigations (BACI)

    8 HRS/$150
    (Continuing Education)

    This is the first level of our Animal Cruelty Investigation courses. It is designed for the beginner, as a basic introduction to investigating a cruelty to animal’s case. It is every in depth in procedures for taking the initial call and starting the initial investigation. It stresses the importance of working with the violator for the best interest of the animal(s) in question, first before legal action is required to seize the animal(s).

    City ordinances verses state law in working an ACI case, along with crime photography and evidence gathering are covered. A block on animal health and nutrition is also included. Also, all the civil and criminal laws, in filing an animal cruelty case are covered at length, as will.

    Case file preparation with an in depth official offense report writing section is included.

    We suggest, if you are a peace officer or have previous experience in working ACI cases, feel free to bypass this “Basic” level and take the “Advanced” ACI.

    Advanced Animal Cruelty Investigations (AACI)

    12 HRS/$250
    (Continuing Education)

    You may have taken a number of animal cruelty Investigation courses in the past, but we assure you, you have never taken one like this. The TAACO ADVANCED ANIMAL CRUELTY INVESTIGATIONS COURSE is like no other. It is a full 12 hours of in depth training in, Criminal & Civil Law, pertaining to animal cruelty due to either neglect or malicious intent. Blood sports (dog & cock fighting) are covered, as well as pet hording/collecting. Every aspect of animal cruelty and/or abuse is covered.

    Civil seizure processes and laws are covered and dealing with the care, custody and control of the seized animals, along with the appellate process. Professionalism and ethics, photography, report writing, courtroom testimony and total case preparation are included.

    A block of instruction on state law vs. local ordinances is also covered. The importance of having good, strong, well written local ordinances is highly stressed. This will assist in possibly handling the “cruelty” situation from a Class ”C” misdemeanor level instead of a higher court. Also, this may well aid in stopping the cruel act before it gets worse, or stopping the violator from possessing/owning another animal.

    A substantial block on animal health and nutrition (small and large) is also included. This allows the officer to better educate the offender to possibly gain compliance rather than having to seize the animals. Animal condition scoring and veterinary evaluations are covered. With the dramatic increase in large animal (particularly Equine) neglect and cruelty, an in depth block of large animal anatomy, health and nutrition is included. We have never seen this in any other ACI course attended. Most students learn more about equine/bovine here, than any where else in their career training.

    Familiarization with all the REQUIRED legal documents/paperwork to properly file an animal cruelty case is included. Once this course in completed the student will be able to put together a complete PROSECUTABLE animal cruelty case, from start to finish. ACOs or POs can use the knowledge to prepare a case ready for adjudication. We provide the student with a complete manual, copies (hard & electronic) of all the documents needed to file the case, and technical/personal assistance. If needed, we can be available onsite for further assistance.

    We strongly recommend this course for all ACOs, POs, Judges, especially municipal & JPs. Rescue groups are also eligible to attend this class. This way EVERYONE involved is on the same page in working an ACI case, and it makes the process much easier on everyone in preparing and adjudicating the case.

    This course, along with the ACI (Basic) is available at least once monthly here at the Academy and remotely upon request. Check it out, promise you will not be disappointed in the content of the course. It is taught by TAACO Chief Alan Spence, a trained, experienced and seasoned criminal investigator.

    Street Officer Survival & Safety, Bite Stick & Pepper Spray (OSS/BSPS)

    8 HRS/$150
    (Continuing Education)

    This course is designed to teach the ACO how to better recognize danger and how possibly to avoid and/or deal with when necessary. Times are changing and the duties of the e ACO are getting more dangerous in many ways. Officer safety should be priority # 1. Learn to use your mind as a weapon.

    The Bite Stick (ASP) portion of the training is a combination of the penal law, and SOP's regarding the possession and use. Segments on the proper way to use these tools to protect yourself against an aggressive animal and possibly an aggressive persons, in the line of duty. Dog bite prevention is also a part of this course.

    The Pepper (OC) Spray portion, deals with the use and effects of OC spray on animals as well as humans. The chemistry, law and proper use and decontamination are taught.

    If your department allows you, and you choose to carry these tools in your duties as an ACO, this training is a valuable asset from the liability standpoint as well as officer safety.

    TAACO does not condone the use of these weapons without proper professional training. There are major differences in the ASP training for Peace Officers using this tool for protection or to gain compliance during an arrest. Animal Control Officers would use the too in defensive of an animal or possible human attacker.

    This course also earns 8 hours of in-service credit, not to mention save a life.

    Certified Euthanasia Technician Initial (CETI)

    12 Hrs/$250
    (Continuing Education)

    The TAACO course is a 2-day (12 Hour) course. TAACO teaches the curriculum as prescribed and approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services, Zoonosis Control Division. The TAACO CET has the required classroom curriculum and an extensive hands-on practical block of instruction on performing euthanasia. It also includes a rabies decap and necropsy demonstration. Drug licensing, ordering, safety and security are also taught.

    Generally offered the first week, Thursday and Friday of each month and the third week as part of the ACO Level 1-3.

    Certified Euthanasia Re-certification Review (CETR)

    8 Hrs/$150
    (Continuing Education)

    This 8 hour course meets the requirements of the state of Texas for anyone re-certifying as a euthanasia technician. This course is available at remote locations upon request. Group rates are available.

    It is unlawful to practice animal euthanasia without proper and current certification.

    (Good for 3 years) In the event you have let your previous EU certificate expire no more than 90 days you will need to register for the full CET.

    Shelter Management (SMT)

    8 HRS/$175
    (Continuing Education)

    This course is a must for anyone managing, or desiring to promote into management of an animal shelter facility. Especially those just starting out. DSHS-TACA CE approved.

    The SMT covers all pertinent aspects important to proper shelter management and/or operations. It includes sample forms, work sheets for shelter protocols and evaluation and videos.

    This course is available remotely upon request. View the Shelter Management Course Outline.

    TAACO also offers a very economical low cost shelter evaluation service for those wishing to change current management or SOPs, upgrade an existing facility and certainly in the construction of a new facility.

    Chemical Capture & Restraint (CCR)

    8 HRS/$250
    (Continuing Education)

    The methods of delivery (Equipment) as used particularly in the ACO field are taught. This course is heavy in the legal requirements, pharmacology, security, safety and the legality/liability of the drugs used in CCR.

    Methods used to properly sedate or immobilize an animal for medical or safety reasons. All the drugs that are commonly used in CCR are taught.

    Stages of sedation and recovery are reviewed, along with what drug is used for a certain animal or procedures. The practical hands on with the equipment and safety are stressed. This course is great for anyone desiring to safely and correctly use chemical capture as a means to deal with wild domestic, wildlife or nuisance animals.

    OFFERED MONTHLY AT TAACO AND REMOTE CLASSES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

    Equine Familiarization Course (EQF)

    8 HRS/$150
    (Continuing Education)

    This is a new in-service course never before offered. It contains a vast amount of information on large animal, particularly equine. Extensive anatomy, husbandry, health and nutrition, along with behavior, handling, colors and markings are taught. This is a great course for those whose knowledge in limited in Equine.

    Everything you ever wanted to know about a horse and more.

    Parasitology

    4 HRS/$125
    (Continuing Education)

    This 4-hour course includes Parasite identification, Microscope use & Parasite treatment options. Our main objective is to give each student the basic understanding of parasites, their affect on animals and treatment options. The basic working knowledge to test for parasites and the basic knowledge to prevent and treat for parasite infestation.

    Internal, external and ecto parasites are covered.

    This is a great course for the beginner or experienced ACT.

    Herpetology Familiarization and Handling (HFH)

    4 CE HRS/$55
    (Continuing Education)

    This course is designed to educate the student in the recognition and proper handling of all reptiles, such as snakes, turtles, lizards, and alligators. Proper housing, feeding and care for the animals are covered in this course. A hands-on practical block of instruction is also provided.

    *Wildlife Recognition & Laws

    *Equine/Bovine Anatomy Health & Nutrition (EBH)

    *Lrg Animal Capture, Restraint & Transport (LAC)

    *In-Service courses for CE Credit.

    Call for information on any Continuing Education courses listed here but not on the schedule page of this site. All the TAACO course afford TACA CE credit for all working ACO and TACA MEMBERS. If you are not already a member, we urge you to join this professional group. It has many benefits for all the Animal Care and control field.


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