With the tight job market and slow recovering economy, many people are re-examining their careers and making a change. Some are pursuing their passion for pets in an animal-related career in hope of either starting a business or working for someone else. Unlike many professions, this switch could be fruitful. In fact, the
"Despite a volatile economy, the employment outlook for animal care service workers in the U.S. are predicted to grow significantly over the next several years," said
Pets today are living longer, eating healthier and receiving more services from groomers, veterinarians, pet-sitters and trainers. The
Dog Obedience Instructor (DOP). This program teaches animal enthusiasts training techniques using positive reinforcement. Students learn various behavioral principles and practical ways to incorporate them into their training regimen. The program covers everything from training basics and safety to effective problem solving and pet first aid. The hands-on portion of the program provides students with an opportunity to participate in an internship with a mentor, giving them invaluable practical experience in real life situations.
Veterinary Assistant (VAP). VAP explores the many diverse techniques and methods used in handling and working with animals in a veterinary hospital, as well as situations most often encountered. The curriculum includes office, hospital and examination room procedures, surgical preparation and assistance procedures and radiology and ultrasound imaging to name a few. Students also learn the fundamentals of career building, resume writing, financial planning and effective interviewing skills. This program includes a hands-on portion where students participate in an internship at a veterinary hospital under the guidance of a mentor. This enables them to gain invaluable practical experience.
Grooming Instruction (GIP). This program covers grooming techniques and methods, as well as health and safety, dog and cat grooming, clipper use and scissor control techniques, body styles and breed specific cuts and pet CPR and first aid. Additionally, students learn ergonomics and ways in which to perform tasks without causing any strain or damage to their joints and muscles. Like the other
In addition to the three programs,
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