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Old 02-22-2011
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Get a copy of the animal welfare laws for the state/town you're applying to and study them! I was in a pool of about 100...and after I was hired, I was told I was the only one who demonstrated a good working knowledge of animal law! And there were several certified ACO's in the group...I was not one of them. A general knowledge of court procedures like writing summonses and ex parte's and such wouldn't hurt as well.
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Get a copy of the animal welfare laws for the state/town you're applying to and study them! I was in a pool of about 100...and after I was hired, I was told I was the only one who demonstrated a good working knowledge of animal law! And there were several certified ACO's in the group...I was not one of them. A general knowledge of court procedures like writing summonses and ex parte's and such wouldn't hurt as well.
Thats a great recommendation...I am from my city and didnt even know dogs had to be licensed haha if they would have asked about animal law I would not have been hired. They fealt they could teach me the "animal" stuff as I had experience with the "people" side.
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Yeah, Animal "Cops" is bullsh** I do more investigations into misdis and felonies in a week then they do all season...not to mention they dont show them picking up a rotten dead animal, or getting covered in mud after sliding down a ditch to get a injured animal. Those shows do not depict our profession well at all in my opinion...maybe because the shows are always SPCA's instead of actual animal control...sorry we can't pick and choose what we do and what we dont WANT to do.

Speaking of shows..."confessions:animal hoarding" is a sham, they contacted my chief two weeks ago asking if they could place 10 dogs in a guys home for the show...ummm my chief said no.
Word. Don't even get me started.
I will admit to watching the show before I worked at a Humane Society for 2 1/2 years. I thought "Adoption Counselor". Sounds sooooo wonderful! It was my third day and I saw the board that posted the intake from the before "120" animals. I thought about that number and how smalll our shelter was. It was then I realized I was sold a big fat ole lie. It was life changing to work there and I am proud that I did. It lead me to the road that I was meant to take. Now as an ACO I can say I love it even on the worst days but that show makes me sick! It gives the public the most unrealistic expectations of Animal Welfare/Control.
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Well, thank you all for your advice and the information. I will be sure to use all of the knowledge you have given me and I will definitely post the outcome of the interview. Thanks for the help!
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Hello everyone! So, I had my interview on the 8th and I think it went well. I had an answer for all of the questions, got a couple of laughs (when I said something funny ) and even got a few of my questions answered. They gave me the 40 page background investigation packet, which I've completed and will be sending back today, and I'm hopeful that there will be a second interview. So now I'm wondering, is it just a waiting game now or is there ANYTHING that I can still do to increase my chances of getting the position? I'm so grateful for this website. I really want to be an ACO and this website give me lots of information and support. Thanks for all of the advice and thanks for creating this website!

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I had to undergo a background check as well. I did really well on the interview and they even gave me the key to the office the same day of my interview; everything was hinging on the background check. I was told I basically had the job and the background check would take only a few days. I waited for over a week and did not hear back. I sent back an e-mail to the Health Officer (that was the way we first communicated). I don't remember if she wrote back or not. I was on pins and needles for almost two weeks when I heard that I had got the job for sure and got my IDs in the mail.

The point I'm getting to is this: patience is important. Don't try to really push the issue since you don't want to make it seem that you are desperate. In my case, I wanted to work as an ACO but knew I could only take on so many towns (I do on-call work exclusively) so I needed to know whether or not I would be working so that I would not apply to another municipality and have to choose between jobs. The Health Officer understood that.

In my case, the person doing the background check became ill and took a long time to come back to the office. I passed on day one but no one else knew.
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DRNEGRIN6: Thanks for the advice. I sent in my packet today. They said it should be there by Monday. I'm not worried about the background check since my work in the Army is classified so I've already been deemed trustworthy enough to handle classified material. I should be fine there, it's just the waiting that is going to kill me. And the fact that I still have 90 days left in the Army. I just hope that my interview went well enough that they will hold the job for me or that they will allow me to work weekends to secure the job. Pins and needles is an understatement , but I'll have to be patient. Thanks again for the advice!
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I don't think you need to worry too much alytch. I get the feeling you're worth their wait. Best of luck.
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I don't think you need to worry too much alytch. I get the feeling you're worth their wait. Best of luck.
Awww! Thank you! I hope so. I really want to be an ACO and stay in the VA/MD/DC area so it would be really awesome if I got this job. Thanks for the boost and luck!
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So, hasbeenaco, do you love your job? What do you do more of, cruelty investigation or handling complaints? What would you say is the hardest part of being an ACO?
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