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The Texas Animal Control Association is a group dedicated to the advancement of Animal Control and Welfare personnel. Our goal is to educate and train Animal Control/Humane personnel and educate the public in the responsibilities of Animal Control personnel.  TACA works to ensure that its member's voices are heard at the local, state, and national levels to ensure that the best interests of the profession are protected. We have an  annual educational conference and offer comprehensive training opportunities.  Read more...

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2021 TACA Annual Conference

November 8-10, 2021

Embassy Suites in San Marcos!

Pre-Conference Euthanasia Re-Certification
and TCCI 301 Class
Sunday, November 7th!

Registration will open in Fall 2021.

2021 Annual Conference Registration Fees:

Early Registration (Before October 18, 2021)
$175 for Current Members (Membership must be current through 11/10/21)
$200 for Non-Members (Includes Membership)

After October 18, 2021
$225 for Current Members (Membership must be current through 11/10/21)
$250 for Non-Members (Includes Membership)

Hotel (Includes Buffet Breakfast and Evening Happy Hour)
Single Person: $135 per night
Double: $140 per night
Triple: $150 per night
Quad: $160 per night

To reserve a room online, click HERE

Main Reservation Line: 512-392-6450
(Tell them you are part of the Texas Animal Control Association Group) 

Upcoming events

    • June 21, 2021
    • 8:00 AM (CDT)
    • June 22, 2021
    • 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • 824 US-377, Pilot Point, TX 76258
    • 18
    Register
    COURSE 201

    Approved for 13 CE hours by TDSHS.
    Topics covered include basic investigation techniques, legal aspects, search warrants, writing reports, warrants, and affidavits, and a mock trial.  This Course is not required for Certified Peace Officers.

    Hosted by All American Dogs at the Ford Masonic Lodge #270
    824 US-377, Pilot Point, TX  76258

    Space is limited and masks are required at all TACA events.

    All courses are approved by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association for continuing education hours for Certified Veterinary Technicians.

    Animal Control Officers must satisfactorily complete all three courses.  Certified Peace Officers must satisfactorily complete Courses 101 and 301.

    Courses do not have to be taken in any particular order; however certification is not transferred until all courses are successfully completed as required. 

    Officers who have successfully completed a cruelty investigations course given by the National Animal Control Association, the Law Enforcement Training Institute, or the Association of Certified Cruelty Investigators may be certified as a TCCI if they email proof of training for consideration and approval.  Officers who have successfully completed prior training may get credit for CI 101 and/or CI 201 and only be required to complete CI 301 for certification.

    All Officers certified as TCCI must obtain and maintain an annual membership with TACA.

    All Officers certified as TCCI must successfully complete a renewal course at least once every three years.  Renewal courses will be provided each year at TACA's Annual Training Conference

    • August 23, 2021
    • 8:00 AM (CDT)
    • August 25, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • 824 US-377, Pilot Point, TX 76258
    • 6
    Register
    COURSE 101

    Approved for 17 CE hours by TDSHS

    Topics covered include the correlation between animal cruelty and human violence, bloodsports, and animal husbandry of domestic pets and livestock.  

    Hosted by All American Dogs at the Ford Masonic Lodge #270
    824 US-377, Pilot Point, TX  76258

    August 23-24, 2021:  8:00 - 5:00 each day

    August 25, 2021: 8:00 - 12:00

    All courses are approved by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association for continuing education hours for Certified Veterinary Technicians.

    Courses 101 and 301 are approved by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education for continuing education hours for law enforcement personnel.

    Animal Control Officers must satisfactorily complete all three courses.  Certified Peace Officers must satisfactorily complete Courses 101 and 301.

    Courses do not have to be taken in any particular order; however certification is not transferred until all courses are successfully completed as required. 

    Officers who have successfully completed a cruelty investigations course given by the National Animal Control Association, the Law Enforcement Training Institute, or the Association of Certified Cruelty Investigators may be certified as a TCCI if they email proof of training for consideration and approval.  Officers who have successfully completed prior training may get credit for CI 101 and/or CI 201 and only be required to complete CI 301 for certification.

    All Officers certified as TCCI must obtain and maintain an annual membership with TACA.

    All Officers certified as TCCI must successfully complete a renewal course at least once every three years.  Renewal courses will be provided each year at TACA's Annual Training Conference


    • November 08, 2021
    • (CST)
    • November 10, 2021
    • (CST)
    • San Marcos, TX
    Register

    The Texas Animal Control Association (TACA) will hold its 46th Annual Conference in San Marcos, TX, on November 7th thru the 10th at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Conference Center, and Spa. TACA is the oldest state association in the United States and this is the most attended conference by city and county governments that have animal control/welfare departments and operate animal shelters in Texas. These government entities have annual budgets to operate these departments and are looking for vendors that have products and services that meet their needs.  We try to keep our sponsorship/exhibitor rates as reasonable as possible because we understand that come companies that have goods or services that can greatly benefit our attendees simply can’t afford $1,000 or more for nothing more than a table at a small booth.  Our conference provides the chance to spend more time with each registrant on a more personal level so that the advertising value to our sponsors and exhibitors is maximized.

    TACA looks forward to your participation as a sponsor/exhibitor at this year’s conference.  This registration form details all of the sponsor/exhibitor opportunities.  The faster the registration is completed and paid for, the sooner we can post your company as a sponsor/exhibitor for this year’s conference on our web site, mailer, and other promotional materials.  Space and sponsorships are limited so register as soon as possible to reserve your space at the conference and ensure you are able to sponsor at the level you would like. 

    You can get lost in the crowd of other conferences or you can come join us and really have the opportunity to interact with all of our attendees!  If you need any additional information or have any questions, please feel free to email me or call (682) 241-0905.

    Sincerely,
    Jay Sabatucci
    Executive Director
    Texas Animal Control Association   

TACA's 2020 SPONSORS




   


 


COVID-19 Resources for Animal Control Officers
ShelterMedicine.com
Animal Sheltering.org  
NACANet.org  
BestFriends.org  
CDC.gov

The resources above are provided solely to assist ACOs in deciding what policies and procedures are best for the communities they serve. TACA does not endorse any one particular group's information or recommendations over another.  TACA believes that in all animal-related issues, no one policy statement can be applicable to the unique challenges each community faces and this is particularly true for the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. TACA believes it is best for local jurisdictions to make operational decisions based on what is believed to be best for the staff, their residents, and the animals in their care.  If we can be of any assistance in this process, please contact any of our Board Members and we will be happy to do our best to help in this process.

Department of State Health Services
Statement on CE Hours andTraining:

Chapter 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code mandates that 30 hours of required continuing education (CE) training for Animal Control Officers (ACOs) approved by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) be completed every 3 years. Of these, DSHS policy has been that a maximum of 10 hours per 3-year period can be obtained via satisfactory completion of DSHS-approved online training.  However, due to the number of course cancellations and the limitations on travel created by the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a temporary exception to this limit has been implemented.  For ACOs whose 3-year period ends between March 15, 2020, and March 15, 2021 (inclusive), up to 30 of the required CE hours can be earned via satisfactory completion of DSHS-approved online training.  Please note that certificates of completion from online sponsors may still include the statement about the 10-hour limit; that does not mean that this temporary exception does not apply.  
Reminder:  currently there is still a requirement in Chapter 829 that the 30 hours of CE be completed within the 3-year period following the completion date of the ACO Basic Training course. However, in light of recent COVID-related events, there is a possibility that the requirement may be waived. We will update you if there is any change.  

Please be advised that the outbreak of COVID-19 has resulted in cancellation of many Animal Control Officer Basic Training and continuing education courses.  Contact the course sponsor to determine if a course you plan to attend will still be conducted.

Pamela J. Wilson, DrCH, MEd, LVT, MCHES
Zoonosis Control Branch; MC 1956
P.O. Box 149347
Austin, TX   78714-9347

Click here for a list of online courses available for CE hours

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