Animal and Pet Care

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Professional Pet Groomer Training

Professional Pet Groomer Training is a series of three courses totaling 115 hours of training. Students must complete all three courses in order to receive a certificate of completion. Certificates are not awarded for individual courses. Limited enrollment.

Principles of Professional Pet Grooming

This course is the first of three courses needed to complete Professional Pet Groomer Training. Students must also complete Professional Pet Groomer Practices Part I and Part II. This course covers the fundamental principles and terminology of pet grooming including grooming equipment, animal behavior and handling, dog anatomy, breed classes, CPR, cat review, hair and skin disorders, and familiarization with grooming room set-up. This course is a prerequisite before clipping in Professional Pet Groomer Practices, Part I. (Textbook included in the material fee). Students must purchase approximately $100 - $200 worth of equipment on their own.

Professional Pet Grooming Practices Part I

Pre-requisite–Principles of Professional Pet Grooming – no exceptions. Students begin hands-on training. Bathing and brushing techniques and easy breeds for grooming. The material fee includes the use of dog grooming stations. Students will be assisted by lead instructor Lori Sweeney and an instructional assistant. Students must purchase $300 - $400 worth of equipment on their own prior to the second class. The course includes 11 classes of hands-on practice.

Professional Pet Grooming Practices Part II

Pre-requisite–Professional Pet Grooming Practices Part I–no exceptions. Students continue hands-on training with complex breeds and techniques. The material fee includes the use of dog grooming stations. Students will be assisted by lead instructor Lori Sweeney and an instructional assistant. Students must purchase approximately $200 worth of equipment on their own prior to the second class. The course includes 12 classes of hands-on practice and graduation from training the last night. Completion Ceremonies will be held at the HCC Merle S. Elliott Continuing Education and Conference Center.

Total cost to take all three courses: approximately $2800.