Professional Grooming and Animal Care Certificate in Applied Science
Students are trained in breed-specific and mixed-breed dog and cat grooming, as well as foundational procedures, skills and techniques which are necessary for a career within the grooming industry. Students are prepared for entry-level positions working in grooming businesses or establishing their own grooming business.
The mission of the Professional Grooming and Animal Care program is to educate students in animal esthetics and its relation to the overall health and wellbeing of animals to promote optimum care of animals. Our faculty and staff strive to uphold the highest standards of the industry, providing knowledgeable graduates to join the profession.
Acceptable placement test score(s), plus high school diploma or GED
- An approved criminal background check is required.
- A negative 10-panel drug screen is required.
- Students are required to have documentation of Tetanus vaccination within the past ten (10) years.
- Students must attend an Animal Studies Department Career Talk, preferably before beginning the program, but otherwise within the first semester. (Career Talk valid for two years.)
Type of Program
This program is located at the Northwest Campus. Students should see an advisor at the Northwest Campus to register for classes.
Requirements for Completion
- To complete this certificate program, students must obtain a minimum grade of “C” in all courses.
- Students must purchase required supplies and uniforms.
- Students must be able to attend all clinical and work internship experiences.
Grooming salons and spas, veterinary practices, kennels, pet shops and mobile grooming business
Visit our web page at https://www.gvltec.edu/animal_studies/.
Listed below is the ideal grouping of courses in order by semester. This plan assumes a full-time schedule. Note, however, that many variables can affect this plan, and not every course is offered every semester. Please see your advisor to map out your own personalized progression toward graduation.
Note: Please contact your advisor for recommended evening schedules.
|VET 107||Small Animal Care and Welfare I||4|
|VET 132||Feline Breeds and Terminology||2|
|VET 133||Basic Pet Grooming||3|
|Total Semester Hours||9|
|VET 108||Small Animal Care and Welfare II||4|
|VET 134||Intermediate Pet Grooming||3|
|VET 172||Portfolio and Related Topics||3|
|Total Semester Hours||10|
|VET 135||Advanced Pet Grooming||4|
|VET 162||Clinical Techniques of Pet Grooming||3|
|VET 165||SCWE in Animal Care||2|
|Total Semester Hours||9|
|Total Required Credit Hours||28|