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How to Become an Animal Control Worker

Do you worry about animals that have gotten lost, abused or abandoned?  Do you want to do something about it?  Then, you might consider becoming an animal control worker.  Animal control workers are trained to investigate reports of abused or abandoned animals as well as animals that may be dangerous to the public.  What is required to become an animal control worker depends on your location.


To get started, it is a good idea to volunteer at a local animal shelter or animal control facility to learn about how things work and experience what you will be doing on a daily basis.  This is a good idea to do when you are in high school but you can do it later.


You’ll need to have a high school diploma or GED and pass a college entrance exam such as (SAT/ACT) so that you can apply to college.  You’ll want to major in criminal justice and make sure you take animal science courses as well.  Coursework is available in the classroom as well as online.  You want to become a certified peace officer in your state.   These courses generally take two years to complete and may include an internship during or after graduation.  To get on the job training, work as a park ranger, zookeeper, kennel manage or police officer.  You need to be supervised by several animal control workers to get the required hours of training.  You’ll need to check with your state or county to find out the number of hours required.  Make sure you know the laws and regulations regarding animal control in your area and make sure you complete the coursework and on-the-job training required by your state.


Make sure you keep a resume of all schooling, volunteer work and paid work.  Also get letters of recommendation.  You’ll need your resume and letters of recommendation when you interview for an animal control worker.  They will ask you about animal laws for your area in the interview so be well prepared for that.


It is also important to know that there are two different types of animal service workers.  One involves animal control and the other involves animal protection.  Depending on the area you are in, you may have to do both jobs whereas other areas these jobs may be separate.  Other jobs available include animal shelters, stables, grooming shops, animal hospitals and veterinary offices.

Susan Ardizzoni

Susan Ardizzoni

Professor Susan Ardizzoni

Susan has studied at the University of Texas Medical Branch Marine Biomedical Institute in Galveston, Texas and the University of South Florida in Tampa and received a Ph.D. in Biology with a major in Neuroscience and minors in physics and mathematics. Area of research is in brain transplantation and behavior testing with twenty years of teaching experience. Fields of interest include the physical basis of memory and learning, brain repair and regeneration as well as neuro-development. As an educator, has taught thousands of students at the college level in anatomy and physiology, biology, microbiology, marinebiology, nutrition, communications, radiography, ultrasound, mathematics and physics. She enjoys reading current scientific literature and simplifying the material making it readily available to the public.
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