This 40-hour certification course is designed to provide basic instruction in areas of concern to personnel whose duties include capture, control, keeping, and disposing of domestic and wild animals. The course consists of instruction in legal procedures as well as the use of restraint and capture equipment, report writing procedures, human, public and violator relations, and euthanasia considerations.
NOTE: In order to successfully complete this course you must pass an end-of-course exam with a score of at least 75%. In order to be certified through the Florida Animal Control Association as an animal control officer, you must be currently employed with an animal control agency. If you are not already employed, the state will hold your certification for a period of one year while you look for employment. Having this course before you are hired will make you a more appealing candidate to the agency where you are applying. Once hired, the agency just requests your certificate from the state agency.
Introduction to animal control
Report writing and records
Canine identification and behavior
Dog and cat capture and restraint
Constitution of the U.S.
Search and seizure
Courtroom presentations and procedures
Zoonosis and occupational illnesses/injuries
Restraint and handling of wild and exotic animals
Human relations and interpersonal communication
Developing a positive public image