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48th Annual Training Conference November 13 - 16 2022 - San Marcos, TX

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    • February 20, 2023
    • November 11, 2023
    • San Marcos, TX

    The Texas Animal Control Association (TACA) will hold its 49th Annual Conference in San Marcos, TX, on November 12th thru the 15th 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 thousands of dollars for nothing more than a small table in a crowded, expansive exhibit hall.  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.  More details found in our vendor pack here: Conf vendor pack.pdf 

    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  additional information or have any questions, please feel free to email Kelly Thyssen, our Exhibitor Committee Chairemail me, or call 832-629-5535

    Al Garces
    Executive Director
    Texas Animal Control Association   

    • August 01, 2023
    • September 30, 2023

    Each year at the TACA Annual Conference, awards are presented to outstanding organizations and individuals to recognize their achievements in and contributions to the animal welfare profession. 

    TACA is requesting nominations for various awards to be presented at the Annual Training Conference. Descriptions for each award, including the requirements for nominees, can be found on TACA's website.  In addition to specifically set guidelines, nominations must include the following: Name, address, and phone number of nominee, resume or background information; nomination category; justification or reason for nomination; name, address and phone number of person and organization or agency who will accept the award if nominee is chosen by the TACA Board; and information on the person submitting the nomination.

    Nominations for all awards can be made by clicking on the green "Register" button on the left.  Emailed or mailed nominations will not be accepted.  All nominations must be submitted by September 30, 2023 

    • November 12, 2023
    • November 15, 2023
    • San Marcos, TX

    This is the only conference in the state where every class, event, and award is specifically chosen due to the benefit it provides to animal care, control, and welfare personnel.  Our focus is not volunteers or rescue groups - it is the professionals who do this job day in and day out.  If you want the best training that will provide you with tools to better perform your daily duties, this is the conference you need to attend! This course is approved by DSHS for 15 continued education hours. We look forward to seeing everyone in San Marcos on November 12-15!

    If the registrant has or had a TACA membership, sign in using the email address that is specific to their TACA account.  Current members can then register for the reduced rate and returning members can update their membership.  New members will need to put in an email address they have access to and register as a member during registration. Do not register an attendee under a supervisor's email or using a group email (i.e.  The credit card used to pay for the registration does not have to be in the registrant's name so supervisors can pay for the conference using their purchasing cards.  Please email Al Garces or call him at (832) 629-5535 if you have any questions or problems with registration.  If payment is to be made by mailing a check, please note TACA's new mailing address:

    2521 Georgia Ave
    Deer Park, TX  77536

    If you are interested in being a sponsor or exhibitor at the conference, please click here for more information.

    The Conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel Conference Center and Spa in San Marcos.  Please click here to reserve a room at the Embassy Suites.  Make your reservations by October 22, 2023, to get TACA’s special room rates that start at just $139 per night for single occupancy.  The link defaults to an arrival date of Saturday, November 11, so make sure you adjust that to fit your arrival, if necessary.

    I look forward to seeing you all in San Marcos!

    Jamey Cantrell
    TACA President

    If a participant wants to provide feedback on this course and/or its sponsor, the participant can mail comments to the Texas Department of State Health Services, Training Course Coordinator, Zoonosis Control, MC 1956, P.O. Box 149347, Austin, Texas, 78714-9347 or email them to

    • November 12, 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center, San Marcos
    • 56
    COURSE 301

    Topics covered include Texas animal laws, on-scene evidence collection, processing evidence in the shelter, puppy mills, and animal hoarding.  

    The Course will be held in conjunction with TACA's Annual Training Conference at the Embassy Suites Hotel Conference Center and Spa in San Marcos.  Please click here to make room reservations or call (512) 392-6450 and ask for the TACA Conference rates that start at just $139 per night for a single.  The link defaults to a stay from November 11-15 so make sure you adjust that if necessary.  Hotel reservations must be made by October 22, 2023, to ensure you receive these special rates. You do not have to attend the conference to attend Course 301.  Please click here for more details about the conference, including course descriptions and speaker bios. 

    Course 301 is approved for 6.5 CE hours by TDSHS.

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

    Courses 101 and 301 are accepted by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) 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 TCCI 101 and/or TCCI 201 and only be required to complete TCCI 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

Texas Animal Control Association

2521 Georgia Ave, 

Deer Park, TX 77536

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