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Hi everyone. I was an ACO shelter/field officer for 2 years for the city, and then a full time field officer for the County for 11 years in So. Ca. Moved out of state 3 years ago and would like to return to the field again, in another state. I see numerous positions I could easily do in Texas but according to Texas standards I do not qualify, or even get past the basic HR aplication department because I am not Texas certified.
Besides the impressive "30 day academy", which I could not personally afford to go through at this time, which certificatons do I "need to take" to prepare myself for a possible job in this field again?
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after getting the Job you have 1 year to get certified
you can take the 12 hour class at any Texas State Health Dept for $75
then you have 6 months to get euthanasia Certified
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Under state law, you have 1 year from your date of employment to become certified. But, If you want to get certified before hand, here is the link to the dept of health training page.
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/hea...g/aco/courses/
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Thanks for the information. I am noticing that many city facilities are requiring that I become state certified before hiring. Makes it tough when trying to relocate from 1100 miles away!
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I strongly suspect that is because they don't want to have to mess with time off for a class and footing the bill for the travel. I need to send one of my people, but I have to wait until there is another class in the Ft. Worth area.
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You could always move to Oklahoma, we don't have any State requirements.
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You could always move to Oklahoma, we don't have any State requirements.
Not to get off the OP question but What are the jobs like in Oklahoma?

- Availability?
- Certifications of any type?
- Law Enforcement abilities?

Michigan is alot the same. Just need to work 100 hours and your "certified" by the State of Agriculture to be an ACO. If your lucky and get a job like I did with the County Sheriff then you got Deputized and had arrest powers for Animal Violations, Carried Firearms etc etc etc....

Of course now I work for Public Safety in Indiana. We have Special Police Powers but no real Law Enforcement Authority to speak of other then writing citations. Their working on it but its gonn be a long road.

Just wondering what the story is like in Okie.....

I know I applied to several jobs in TX but never got a response. I figured it was due to my long distance (MI) and that they wanted presently certified individuals as it was already stated....
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Not to get off the OP question but What are the jobs like in Oklahoma?

- Availability?
- Certifications of any type?
- Law Enforcement abilities?
Availability: Dunno; haven't seen any ads in the classifieds. Have seen a couple postings before on OACA's website, www.oaca.net.

Certifications: None required by state; some municipalities send their ACOs to NACA or OACA Academy. You do have to go thru certification class and get licensed by Ok. Bureau of Narc. and Dangerous Drugs to do tranq or euth.

LEO abilities: Depends on who you work for. Some work for their PD's. I work for Public Works and can't even write citations. Tulsa County Sheriff's Office has 2 deputies that do animal control outside of city limits.
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I know I applied to several jobs in TX but never got a response. I figured it was due to my long distance (MI) and that they wanted presently certified individuals as it was already stated....
When I left my last ACO position to take the one I have now, they had 92 applicants in 3 weeks. They may not have called you back because they had all teh apps they needed.
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