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Animal Health and Emergency Services

Animal Welfare Program

Providing advisory assistance to localities in the operation and design of animal pounds and shelter facilities is a key component of the Division's Animal Welfare Program. Upon request, or complaint, staff members are available to review local facilities for compliance with applicable state laws and regulations concerning operations and advise localities of any corrective action needed.

In conjunction with local animal control officials, veterinarians and agricultural inspectors investigate reports of alleged animal cruelty and provide animal owners with advice on the proper care and handling of their animals.

To speak to someone about animal welfare issues, please call 804.786.2483.

Animal Welfare:

2014 Animal Control Survey

Please direct any questions concerning animal record summary reporting to

2003 Statewide Animal Record Summary Reports
Animal Report Entries
Annual Reports from Pounds and Shelters

Approved Virginia Animal Control Officer (ACO) Training - We are currently updating this information. Please check back soon for new information.

2013 Revision--Directive 79-1 Methods Prescribed or Approved For Animal Euthanasia and Competency Certification Requirements

2009 Revision--Directive 83-1 Approved Capture Drugs and Drug Administering Equipment

Virginia Animal Control Officer Training Standards

Comprehensive Animal Care Laws

Virginia Guidelines for Rabies Prevention and Control

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