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Hello Everyone!
I am very excited to be on this forum! I am graduating from Virginia Tech in May with a B.S in Animal & Dairy Science and am going to pursue a career in animal control. I have been having a hard time finding good advice on how to find a job in this field which is why I was excited to find this forum. While I have been told not to narrow my search to a specific location, I am hoping to find a career on the East Coast. Any advice, words of wisdom or just general conversation about the field would be much appreciated!

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Look at a small community with a part time ACO, or volunteering at the local shelter. Most full time AC agencies I have looked at want to see some experience in working with animals (and personal pets don't count). Other wise just apply, apply, apply.... oh yeah... look at taking the NACO 100 or the NCIS classes.

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Familiarize yourself with both State and Local laws before you decide. It is very frustrating working your arse off day in and day out when the laws aren't there to support you.
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Hello Everyone!
I am very excited to be on this forum! I am graduating from Virginia Tech in May with a B.S in Animal & Dairy Science and am going to pursue a career in animal control. I have been having a hard time finding good advice on how to find a job in this field which is why I was excited to find this forum. While I have been told not to narrow my search to a specific location, I am hoping to find a career on the East Coast. Any advice, words of wisdom or just general conversation about the field would be much appreciated!

Thank you,
Emily


Hey Emily
there is also a section on this forum that posts job openings.... just keep an eye out and good luck!
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----->http://www.indeed.com/q-animal-control-jobs.html
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Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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Welcome Emily,
this is a great place to learn a ton of useful info, and some plain useless but HILARIOUS stuff (ACO chuckles)
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Welcome. You'll learn fast that this board is addicting.

I know how much you want a postion is Animal Control, but please don't jump to any position. Make sure you agree with their polcies, procudures and how they overall operate. It's ok to ask if they euth healthy/temperment sound animals for cage space. Look into how many programs they have implemted into their shelter. What resources do they use. How much fundraising to they do. How do they treat the public. How does the community see them.

There are alot of bad shelters out there.

But great to see wanting to get into AC. It is a great profession. We need more people wanting to speak for the animals.

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Hey thanks for the advice! I have some questions that I will post here. If there is a better place to post them please let me know...

1) My father told me that the police academy is the hardest physical training he has ever done and that if I need to go, I need to prepare now. Is it common for an agency to send you to a police academy? And if not what type of physical training is required?

2) How soon should I apply if I can not start until May?
As a senior, I've been told to apply to jobs now but aren't most openings looking for someone who can start ASAP?

3) Is it wise to contact agencies that are not currently hiring or that do not have animal control officers/humane investigators to ask them if they may hire in the future or would they find this to be a nuisance?

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1) My father told me that the police academy is the hardest physical training he has ever done and that if I need to go, I need to prepare now. Is it common for an agency to send you to a police academy? And if not what type of physical training is required?
Unless you go to boot camp, I'd say your dad is spot on. However from what I have seen it is rare that an ACO goes to the academy. Having said that, even if you don't have to go to the police academy get in shape it might just save your butt. As to what type of physical training is required, check the web site for your local LE academy. Each state has different academy standards.

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2) How soon should I apply if I can not start until May?
As a senior, I've been told to apply to jobs now but aren't most openings looking for someone who can start ASAP?
If you're applying to an agency that requires you to be a police officer, start now. The PD hiring process takes months.

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3) Is it wise to contact agencies that are not currently hiring or that do not have animal control officers/humane investigators to ask them if they may hire in the future or would they find this to be a nuisance?
I would say it can be hit or miss for the most part. If an agency is large enough that it has a committed recruitment staff, then give em' a call. If it's a 20 person department then you may be just spinning your wheels. If you're looking to see if an agency who does not already have in house animal control or investigators, I would advise against it. If they are anywhere near establishing a program then you can find out by reviewing the minutes of the local city council meetings.

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