Animal Control Committee

The purpose of the Animal Control Committee is to:

  • Advance professionalism by providing quality education, training and certification opportunities that are specific and unique to animal control officers
  • Represent animal control issues and concerns in organizational advocacy efforts
  • Foster a culture of collaboration to support animal control agencies throughout Colorado    

Colorado Certification Study Guide and other resources

Recertification Hours for State Certification during the COVID pandemic

Colorado state certified animal control officers are required to maintain their certification every two years - basically 10 hours each year. Training opportunities for animal control officers are not limited. There is a broad selection of classes offered. If in-person training opportunities cannot be located because of the COVID pandemic, there are other ways to obtain training credits.

Numerous online training and webinars are offered through several organizations. Officers may also find related training in their own agencies. The training hours will not be waived at this time because of the availability of training. If any officer needs help in locating online training, please reach out to Kelli Jelen at

Certification Payment

 The Colorado State Certification Study Guide is available here

The Areas of Study for Animal Control Officer Certification are listed here

Additional Certification Resources

Colorado Department of Agriculture (Bureau of Animal Protection) 

PACFA – Pet Animal Care Facilities Act 

Colorado Revised Statutes 

US Constitutional Amendments 


iSpeakDog (Dog Behavior) 

American Kennel Club – Breeds 

Breed Identification – Practice Quiz 

National Link Coalition-Animal abuse, child abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse 

National Canine Research Council 

Wildlife Management Solutions 

ADA Service Animals

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Rabies

National Rabies Compendium


Book – Investigating Animal Cruelty – A field Guide for Law Enforcement Officers - HSUS

Book – American Red Cross Pet First Aid

Book – K9 Medic – First Aid and CPR