Animal Control Officer

Animal control officers are employed by animal shelters, the Humane Society or are part of local police departments. Their duties include ensuring the safety, health and care of all types of animals according to the laws in the jurisdictions in which they operate. Animal Control Officers work mostly during the day but also are required to be available to cover emergencies over a 24-hour period.

This training is endorsed by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions (MPCTC).

Get details and registration information for the next East Coast Animal Control training program, scheduled for Monday, May 4 – Friday, May 15.


Occupational Requirements
Most employers require a minimum age of 18 and a high school diploma or GED®.

Information Unique to the Training
Potential students must be currently employed by an animal shelter, the Humane Society or a local police department. Lodging is available at the academy at an additional cost. A letter of recommendation is required from your employer to register.

Courses to Complete

  • Prerequisites
  • Core Courses
    VOC-048 Animal Control Officer Training


Approximate Number of Hours

84 hours


Approximate Training Cost*


Licensure/Certification Earned


Related Continuing Education Courses


Estimated Hourly Wage**

$17 - 19/hr.


*Unless noted, cost does not include any required textbooks, applicable licensing fees, background check fees, testing fees, etc.
**Wages are based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and are estimates only.


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