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Animal Control Officer

o   Brief Description: Enforces local laws regarding the humane care and use of animals, both domesticated and wild.  Those in this position are in charge of investigating cases of suspected cruelty and collecting evidence along with police in the event of a cruelty or neglect case.  Animal control officers often work “in the field” and may travel throughout the community for investigations and to pick up stray or lost animals.  Some animal control officers are also in charge of cleaning and caring for animals at the facility, and educating the public on humane education topics.  Duties for this job vary from place to place.

o   Approximate Salary Range: $19,000 – 50,000 annual (Average:  $31,000)

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes339011.htm

o   Education Requirements: Most of these jobs require only a high school diploma, but pay is often determined by education and experience.  Those seeking this job should have knowledge in care for animals, and should know how to identify animal neglect and cruelty.  One should also have a good understanding of local and state laws.  Those looking for managerial jobs working for animal control organizations would require at least a Bachelor’s and would expect a higher salary.

o   Course Suggestions: ANSC 250 (Companion Animals in Society), ANSC 307 (Companion Animal Management), ANSC 370 (Companion Animal Policy), ANSC 407 (Animal Shelter Management)

o   Internship Opportunities: Champaign County Humane Society Animal Care Internship and the DuPage County Animal Care and Control internships

http://ansci.illinois.edu/undergrads/internship

o   Additional Resources:

§  http://www.extension.org/pages/61216/animal-control-warden

§  http://www.nacanet.org/index.html

§  http://humanesocietyuniversity.org/careers/about/jobs/aco.aspx

§  http://www.acofunstop.com/