Director of Operations
Instructor/Course Coordinator

Alan R. Spence

Alan has 30 years of law enforcement, animal husbandry and business experience. He recently retired as a Police Sergeant Investigator. His many years in criminal investigations, animal science, and dealing with the public, well qualifies him for his position with TAACO. Alan also holds a state teaching / instructor certification with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement through Texas A&M University, Certified Animal Cruelty Investigator, and is a Certified Animal Control Officer. His training and education also includes associate courses in animal science and reproduction. Alan was born and raised on a working cattle ranch where he worked for many years before entering law enforcement in 1979. He has experience in dealing with domestic animals of all types, but emphasized his interest on equine and bovine.

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Office Manager

Ann Spence

Ann has been with us since January 2012. As office manager, Ann oversees all administrative duties in running the office for TAACO. She does everything from scheduling classes to answering the phone, to processing payroll and doing our quarterly tax forms. Her experience and enthusiasm is priceless. She has over 20 years of Customer Service experience and is able to assist our students with just about any question they may have. Ann has held various Customer Service positions ranging from Insurance customer service to owning her own business in the recent past. Ann is a Notary Public and holds a Certification for Administrative Personnel from Austin Community College. Her interests include racquetball, reading, hiking, cooking, movies, animals, family and friends.


Training Assistant

Leslie Hodges-Hoffman

Leslie is a Registered Veterinary Technician with over 5 years of experience in the field of veterinary medicine, ranging from working in veterinary hospitals, to working in a non-profit animal shelter. She has an Associates Degree in Applied Science, and numerous hours of continuing education and in-service training. She is a member of TVMA. She trains barrel horses and attends barrel races in her free time.



Amy Perrenot

WE here at TAACO are very pleased to have Amy on board as one of our very knowledgeable and experienced instructors.

Amy has many years of combined experience in the animal care & control and shelter operations field. She also possess a BA degree in animal science, from Southwest Texas State University. She has also earned her Basic and Advanced ACO certifications, through the Texas Department of State Health Services. Amy has experience as a Veterinarian Assistant, Animal Care Tech and as an Animal Care Facility manager, plus she is very knowledgeable in animal health and nutrition. (small & large animal)

Amy will be assisting us with teaching numerous courses, but emphasizing on the ACO BASIC, ADVANCED, ADMINISTRATIVE, SHELTER MANAGEMENT, ANIMAL CARE TECH and ANIMAL CONTROL SUPERVISOR courses.

Amy will also be heading up our Animal Care Facility (shelter) consultant team.


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