Continuing Education

Verification Form

A continuing education verification form is made available electronically to all attendees of the Texas Unites for Animals Conference to assist in tracking your conference hours. This form may be used to verify CE requirements for ACOs, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, AAWA members, and law enforcement officials.

Crediting Agencies

Continuing Education Credits can be obtained by following the guidelines set by the following organizations:  The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (TBVME), The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement (AAWA),  Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and The State Bar of Texas.  A continuing education verification form is made available electronically to all attendees of the Texas Unites for Animals Conference to assist in tracking your conference hours.

DSHS  The Texas Unites for Animals Conference adheres to the standards and curriculum prescribed by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).  Conference workshops (Friday-Monday) will offer CE credit, up to a maximum of 21.25 hours per officer.  ACO’s attending the Shelter Medicine Track on April 28, 2022 may be approved for an additional 2 hours.  Note:  The Animal Control Officer Basic Training Course does not earn CE hours towards an ACO’s annual requirements, however, courses taken after completion of the course, on Sunday and Monday, will earn CE hours.

TBVME  The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (TBVME) is reviewing the following continuing education workshops for Veterinarian and Licensed Veterinary Technician attendance:
Specified workshops up to a maximum of 12 hours:
Sat.   Designing for Healthy Animals
Sat.   Curbing of Disease and Outbreak Prevention as Intake Rises
Sat.   Outside the Box: Where Shelter Medicine & Elevated Quality of Care Meet
Sun.  Paradigm Shift in ASV Guidelines: Embracing Positive Animal Welfare through the Five Domains Model
Sun.  Hard Times Call for Hard Decisions
Sun.  Compassion Fatigue: Building Resiliency to the Stresses of the Work
Sun.  High-Quality, High-Volume Spay/Neuter:  Updates and Strategies to Increase Capacity
Sun.  Won’t You Be My Neighbor: Collaborative and Lifesaving Medical Teams in Your Community

AAWA  Texas Unites is an approved provider of content which enhances professional competence and aligns with the five domains of the CAWA Exam specifications.  Every hour of training equals one CE towards CAWA Recertification.

TCOLE  Texas Unites for Animals workshops may be eligible for The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) credit.   Note:  Texas Unites is not a TCOLE Training Provider, however, Texas Unites for Animals provides a certificate of completion for attendees to keep on file and for organizations to submit to TCOLE for possible approval.  TCOLE will require copies of course materials, course outlines, and the conference program.

The State Bar of Texas  The Laws for Paws Animal Law Track has 7.25 hours of CLE credits pending approval through the State Bar of Texas.

CE details for the 2024 conference will be updated following formal approval from crediting agencies.