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All boards and commissions have the option to meet virtually because of COVID-19. Please contact the individual board chair or administrator for specific meeting information.

The Animal Control Board has the responsibility to recommend goals and objectives, qualification requirements, and specialized training courses to the Animal Control Unit. The board issues permits and establishes minimum standards for persons who operate quarters where any animals are kept, maintained, exhibited or displayed.


The Animal Control Board has 7 members. There is one representative from the Knoxville Zoological Gardens, Knox County Health Department, Knoxville Veterinary Academy, Knox County Humane Society and Animal Shelter, Knoxville Police Department, University of Tennessee School of Veterinary Medicine and one member from the public at large. These members serve four-year terms and are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council.


Board meets quarterly on third Thursday in the months of Jan., April, July and October at 1:30 p.m. at the Knox County Health Department. More meetings may be scheduled as needed.

Click here to view current board membership and to check for opportunities to serve on this board.