What do you have to do to be an animal control officer?

Hi I want to be an animal control officer when I turn 21 in Virginia. My question is what do I have to do to become one? What kind of training do I need? What kind of education do I need?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I'm not 100% sure, but it looks like standard qualifications include:

    • Successfully completed a certified Animal Control Basic Course

    • Possess a valid drivers license and a clean driving record

    • Must be able to obtain a City drivers license

    • Pass a background check

    • Possess euthanasia certification or must be able to be certified in euthanasia.

  • 1 decade ago

    Many Animal Control officers are like police officers, but; they are concerned with laws and violations pertaining to animals.

    Many officers are cross trained in this endeavor by the SPCA, ASTAC or the NACA to be better trained to recognize and enforce animal control laws.

    In many major cities it is a profession all to itself as seen on TV lately.

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