Topics covered include Texas animal laws, on-scene evidence collection, processing evidence in the shelter, puppy mills, and animal hoarding.
Hosted in conjunction with TACA's 44th Annual Training Conference at the Embassy Suites in San Marcos however you do not have to attend the conference to attend Course 301.
Course 301 is approved for 6.5 CE hours by TDSHS.
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.