How To Become an ASPCA Officer

The ASPCA is the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The HLE, or Humane Law Division, is the branch of the organization that investigates reports about cruelty to animals. The ASPCA officer positions are available in New York State only but similar organizations exist in other locations. You can get started on your path to become an ASPCA officer by getting a degree in criminal justice; if you're worried about holding down a job while going to school, you can get this degree online.

If you are interested in becoming an ASPCA officer, follow these steps.

  1. Start by researching law enforcement. Find out if a career in the ASPCA is for you by contacting your local law enforcement or speaking to a current ASPCA officer who can give you an honest view on what the job entails. Many people who want to protect animals from cruelty by pursuing this kind of career find themselves too distressed by the cruelty they encounter.
  2. Obtain a college degree. While a college degree isn't required to be an ASPCA officer, it is recommended. There is no specific degree program but criminal justice and veterinary sciences may be of interest to you. A college education will make you a more competitive applicant for the job.
  3. Check if you meet the minimum requirements. There are some minimum requirements for the position. You must be 21 years of age and a resident of New York State. You also must be a US citizen who can pass a background check.
  4. Obtain personal animal handling experience. Working for the ASPCA will put you in direct contact with animals, often those who have been injured or mistreated and need sensitive care. By having personal experience with animals you will be prepared to soothe and care for those you meet as an ASPCA officer.
  5. Search the job postings at the ASPCA. Head to the ASPCA website for available positions. If you find any, then submit your resume directly through the website.
  6. Prepare for the interview process. Like any job you want to prepare for an interview. Research the ASPCA from their site and compile the research from step one. Prepare for the interview from both the animal care and criminal justice perspectives. You might also want to consider taking additional criminal justice classes online while you're pursuing your job search - this will definitely improve your chances of getting hired!

The ASPCA is an organization with the ability to affect change in the community. By following these steps you can begin the process to becoming an ASPCA officer.

For more information about the ASPCA contact them directly at For information about other animal control organizations, consider contacting the National Animal Control Association.


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