Massachusetts Animal Fund Animal Control Officer Training Institute Program
All ACOs are required to complete 30 education credits (ECs) in their first training year. The Massachusetts Animal Fund Animal Control Institute's Core Competencies Training is mandatory for all ACOs and worth 16 ECs. Registration for the next Core Competencies will take place in the Fall of 2024! Stay tuned for information and links.
2023 Core Competencies Presentation Handouts
2023 Core Resources
All animal control officers are eligible for exemption from the remaining fourteen (14) credit hours of continuing education in the first year if they completed a comprehensive course with the Animal Control Officers Association of Massachusetts (ACOAM), the National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA), or the New England Animal Control/Humane Academy (NEACHA).
After completing the year one training cycle, Core Training plus an additional 14 ECs, ACOs are required to take eight credit hours of approved continuing education through any combination of in-person or online trainings offered by or approved by the Massachusetts Animal Fund during each calendar year.
If no certificate is available, fill out the Request for CE Form.https://www.mass.gov/doc/aco-request-for-multiple-ceus-form/download It requires the signature of the course organizer and your supervisor. Be sure to bring this form with you to the training. In the case of online courses, only your supervisor’s signature is required.
All completed CE forms should be mailed to Mass Animal Fund, 251 Causeway Street Suite 500, Boston, MA 02114 or to firstname.lastname@example.org
Forms and Reference Guides
Under Massachusetts general laws ACOs need to make, keep, and maintain a system of records or forms which fully and correctly disclose detailed information of all animals taken into ACO custody. In addition, it is important to keep activity, incident, lost/found, and voucher request information. Mass Animal Fund has compiled forms, and resources for ACOs to use for their records.
Animal Laws and Regulations Law book is updated annually for ACOs. This book contains wording of:
- M.G.L. Chapter 140
- M.G.L. Chapter 272
- M.G.L. Chapter 129
- Additional M.G.L. quick reference
- Acts of 2012
- PAWS II Updates
- Code of Massachusetts Regulations
Animal Control Intake Form (Fillable PDF) or Animal Intake Form (Mergeable Word) must be filled out for every animal that enters an ACO's possession and forms must be sent to town clerk every 30 days. Video showing how to batch Intake Forms monthly using Adobe DC Here is a sample Intake Spreadsheet.
Need more than a regular intake form? Try the new Animal Control Intake Form with Custody Supplement Page
Feline Reporting Form (NEW 2021) designed for trappers, veterinary offices, and shelters to easily report found/trapped cats to ACOs
Kennel Inspection Form updated (2023) Inspections and forms must be completed before initial licensing and before renewal. Completed forms need to go to the licensing authority.
ACO Training Reporting Forms
Mass Animal Fund Voucher Forms and Information
Owned Animal Assistance Request for Owners must be completed in full
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