Discover a career as an Animal Care and Control Officer.

This course is intended to provide industry specific insight into the field of Animal Control. Taught by experienced industry professionals, you will have the opportunity to explore all facets of the job of a Bylaw/Animal Control Officer, to determine if this is the correct career path for you. Hear tips and techniques to gain practical and theoretical experience, and an understanding of how to seek and apply for positions. This course may be taken for personal interest, or as one of the prerequisites for entry into the Animal Control Certificate Program. Details of the course may be found in the course description.

This course is offered multiple times throughout the year. View current terms offerings

Professional training for regulatory and enforcement officers

Next intake: April 27-May 2, 2020 (tentative dates) Applications now being accepted Early bird discount available up to mid February 2020

Please email to express interest

Earn a Langara College CS certificate in the field of Animal Control.  The first public post-secondary institution in BC to offer training in this area.

Langara College Continuing Studies Animal Control Basic Training program is designed to assist the animal control profession, and to advance the knowledge, techniques, ethics, and attitudes of those who work in this field.

The program curriculum was created with industry input ensuring that the knowledge and skills you gain are relevant to your job. Receive a strong practical and theoretical foundation for understanding the physical and behavioural aspects of companion animals; the control, restraint, and apprehension of animals; animal welfare and abuse; a practical overview of legislation, investigation, note-taking, and court proceedings with respect to animals and the fundamentals of effective interaction with animal owners.  Langara instructors and guest speakers who are currently working in the industry, or have previous industry knowledge will share their knowledge and experience.  Certificate program includes:

  • Animal Control Industry Perspective
  • Animal Identification                    
  • Companion Animal Behaviour
  • Humane Care and Treatment of Animals
  • Investigative Process & Techniques
  • Animal Specific Legislation
  • Safety Skills and Procedures
  • Field Activities and Practices
  • Community Engagement


Application to the Animal Control Basic Training Program, 19 years of age or older; Fluency in written and spoken English1, and

    • Current or past employment (6 months experience minimum) as an Animal Control Officer, Bylaw Officer, or equivalent law or enforcement official and
    • Employer authorization (see application)


  • OPTION TWO (required pre-requisites - must have all to apply - see application for details) 
    1. The Langara one-day course "Introduction to Animal Control", and
    2. A minimum of 2 documented Animal Control officer and/or a SPCA Officer ride-alongs (shadowing) within the last 6 months (or equivalent experience); and
    3. Reference letter and short summary of your reasons for enroling.
    4. Successful completion of JIBC Bylaw Level 1 (or equivalent).

[1] Grade 12 English recommended or equivalent language skills: LET with a minimum level 3; LPI with a minimum 26 on the essay and 5 in English usage, 5 in sentence structure, or 10 in reading comprehension or equivalent.

Admission Process

Before registering for this program, please read the full application form and information guide. Students must meet the required prerequisites and obtain employer approval (if required), as outlined on the application form. The application form must be completed in its entirety, and submitted prior to the identified deadline. Submit your completed application, documentation, application fee, and program fees to Langara College Continuing Studies via mail, fax or email – attention Karen Ramsden. Program may fill in advance of application deadline. You are encouraged to complete your application as early as possible. Seats are limited and assigned as prerequisites are met, and on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Program Location, Dates, and Times

The college campus is situated approximately mid-way between the Vancouver International Airport and downtown Vancouver, just off of Cambie Street and is easily accessible via public transportation and the Canada Line.

Upcoming Intake:

  • Location: Langara College Main Campus
  • Dates: April 27-May 2, 2020 (Saturday May 2 is the final exam, plus an optional review*)
  • Days: Mon-Sat (see note below)
  • Times: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Note: Exam may be taken in-class on the Saturday upon program completion, or proctored at your agency location within one week of in-class completion. Additional assignment to be completed within 2 weeks of program completion.


  • Application fee: $40
  • Program fee: $1,471 (Includes: manual, handouts, morning beverages, and on-line course). An early bird discount of 10% is available. 
  • Students are expected to cover all transportation, meals, and hotel costs.
  • Cancellation/refund policy may be found on this webpage

Transportation and Accommodations

There are many hotels in the Vancouver/Richmond area that are easily accessible to the College, the airport and the highways. The Canada line is part of the rapid transit system in Vancouver that runs directly past both Langara College Vancouver campuses and is the recommended form of transportation to the College. Government rates are typically offered at most hotels, and may be the best rate available for you to inquire about when booking your accommodations. Some possible options for hotels included here

Evaluation and Certification.

To earn the Animal Control Basic Training Certificate, students will prepare themselves ahead of the in-class portion with required pre-reading. In-class on campus instructional hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm with one hour for lunch, and two 15 minute breaks. A post class assignment will be part of their final mark. Students must attend the complete program, achieve a combined pass-grade of 70% or greater on the final written exam (containing both multiple choice and open ended questions), and the in-class and post class assignments. 

Dress Code

Comfortable clothing is recommended for Days 1-4. Duty clothes are requested on Day 5.

See ACBT Curriculum Tab for course details

Registration for the Spring 2019 Pet First Aid is now open for registration. Please call 604.323.5322 to register

Fall 2019 schedule may be found here. Registration will open July 17, 2019.

Please be advised that all other Spring 2019 Professional Dog Walker courses have been cancelled.

Beginning September 2019 students must register in all 6 courses plus the exam to be enrolled in the Professional Dog Walker Certificate.

The First Aid for Dogs course is excluded and may be taken separately and applied towards your application for certificate. 

Discover that there is more than just loving dogs and holding a leash to being successful; there is a protocol to ensure that dog handlers conduct themselves in a professional manner, one that is respectful of the dogs in their care, other park/street users, and the environment.

Whether you are a dog owner or a canine caregiver, this intensive program provides you with the essential components of dog walking. Learn from a practicing Animal Behaviourist and welfare scientist, and other industry experts. Instruction includes specific dog handling techniques, pet first-aid, personal and pet safety, legislation and by-laws, and how to start and run a dog walking business. Students are introduced to animal learning, dog behavior, and science-based concepts of canine behavior. Test this knowledge in a practical workshop and on your final exam.

Admission Requirements

  • 19 years of age and older
  • Fluency in written and spoken english (Grade 11 or equivalent)
  • Physical ability to walk distances, and to assist large dogs (control of, and lifting)


This program has been updated to include the course Risk Management for Caregivers. All six courses plus the exam and First Aid for Dogs are required for certificate completion.

  1. Typical Dog Behaviour
  2. Difficult Dog Behaviour
  3. City Bylaws and Dogs
  4. How to Run a Dog Walking Business
  5. Pet First-Aid*
  6. Dog Walking - Practical ^
  7. Risk Management for Canine Caregivers

^ a signed informed consent must be provided to the instructor prior to participation in this course

Program Costs:

  • $761*
  • additional fee for First Aid for Dogs*
  • NOTE: Employer group discounts available


Program is offered in the Spring and Fall terms. View current courses available for registration.

Certificate Requirements

Beginning September 2019 students must register in all 6 courses plus the exam to be enrolled in the Professional Dog Walker Certificate. There are no refunds once the program has begun. Students may register for First Aid for Dogs separately.


1) This is an academic program, with most course content being theory and research based. No pets should be brought to class unless noted.

2) Only the Dog Walking practical involves actual work with animals. For this class students are required to bring a dog to this session (yours or a friends). Instructor will vet these dogs for appropriate behaviour prior to the practical.

3) * Credit may be provided for a pet first aid course that is a minimum of 7-hours in length, and covers the same objectives as the content in the course offered by Langara College. Please note your pet first aid certificate must be current for a mimimum of 6-months after your date of application for the Professional Dog Walker Certificate. Please contact if you would like to request course exemption for Pet First-Aid, or if you have any questions regarding this process.  Some recommended pet first aid providers are DogSafe, and Walk 'n Wags.

For more information, please email