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Vacancies on Licensed Breeders Advisory Committee

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation announces two vacancies on the Licensed Breeders Advisory Committee established by Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 802. The purpose of the Committee is to advise the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) and the Department on: matters related to the administration and enforcement of Chapter 802, including licensing fees and standards adopted under Subchapter E. This announcement is for:

  • one licensed breeder, and
  • one representative of an animal welfare organization

The Committee is composed of nine members appointed by the presiding officer of the Commission, with the Commission’s approval. Members of the committee serve staggered four-year terms. The terms of four or five members expire on February 1 of each odd-numbered year.
The committee consists of the following members:

  • two members who are licensed breeders;
  • two members who are veterinarians;
  • two members who represent animal welfare organizations each of which has an office based in this state;
  • two members who represent the public; and
  • one member who is an animal control officer as defined in Section 829.001, Health and Safety Code.

Interested persons should submit an application on the Department website. Applicants can also request an application from the Department by telephone (800) 803-9202 or e-mail

These are not paid positions and there is no compensation or reimbursement for serving on the Committee.

Pre-License Inspection Checklist is Now Available

Attention all applicants for the Licensed Breeders program: the Pre-License Inspection Checklist is now available.

Pre-license inspections are required for certain dog and/or cat breeder establishments who do not hold a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Class A animal dealer's license. Our inspectors use this checklist to ensure your facility is in compliance with state laws prior to obtaining your license. The checklist was developed by a multi-divisional TDLR team based on statutory and rule requirements.

We hope you will find this information useful and helpful in preparing for your on-site inspection. If you need assistance, please contact TDLR at or 800-803-9202.

Advisory Committee Meetings

CANCELED - June 12, 2019 Meeting

The Licensed Breeders Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, 2019 is canceled. When the meeting is rescheduled, the date will be posted online.

Previous Meeting - May 7, 2018

The Licensed Breeder Advisory Committee met May 7 in Austin. The agenda and staff reports (PDF) are available online. The meeting was archived and is available onĀ TDLR's YouTube channel.