APBG - Association of Pet Boarding and Grooming

Pet Grooming Employment

The pet grooming industry is a wonderful and rewarding environment in which to work! It can be dirty and smelly, it is often quite hard and physical but it is always gratifying!

Who is suitable to work in the Pet Grooming Industry?

A genuine love of animals is obviously a great start, but some may not know it is quite a physical vocation. It is important to be healthy and physically fit and strong. Basic animal care knowledge is advantageous – that could be years of caring for your own pets or in another pet care facility.
Obviously the pet grooming industry is a seven day a week business. Animals require grooming on weekends as well as weekdays and hours depend on each individual salon and it is essential that prospective groomers are available to work seven days a week and be available for early starts and late finishes.
Grooming salon owners / managers will look favourably on applicants who have their own reliable transport.

Qualifications

Formal qualifications are generally not necessary to begin working in the pet grooming industry. However, a love of animals, positive attitude and the ability to work in a team environment are key attributes all grooming salon owners will look for. Grooming salon owners will also favour applicants that have also completed a grooming course.

There are a few institutions that offer vocational courses in the animal care industry
    • www.avnrc.com.au 
    • www.bn.tafe.qld.gov.au

You may wish to discuss with your employer which courses would be suitable.

Working as a pet groomer is a rewarding and enriching vocation for any animal lover! The association recommends you contact a pet groomer direct to register your interest in gaining employment.

Good luck!

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