ABC Grooming Instruction Program Student of the Month
William Finan lives in Jersey City, N.J. He already has a degree in the A/V field but decided to add to his carrier options and complete the grooming program. William is now able to work in two fields and love them both. He is still working on his grooming skills and getting in as much practice as he can.
What was/is the biggest challenge you faced during your externship and how did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge was learning how to hold the dog properly and position myself properly. I’m 6- ft tall and most tables don’t go to a comfortable height for me. I’m still working on it but have gotten much better at positioning myself and the pet.
Describe a humorous moment you witnessed or took part in while working at your externship location.
The first time I helped my mentor groomer with a cat; she did the sign of the cross and said a prayer. Luckily, the cat put up minimal fuss and was very good.
How did you hear about the ABC program and what convinced you to become certified?
I was looking at several programs online and ABC offered the most flexibility. I knew being certified would be helpful as well as help customers feel more comfortable, knowing I’ve been properly trained.
What has been your most rewarding moment during your externship?
I would have to say when clipping nails was no longer difficult for me. I was able to do them quickly and properly. Overall, I have been noticing progression in my skills daily.
What has your experience been like in the ABC Grooming Instruction Program?
It has been very positive. My program manager and externship coordinator have been very helpful and friendly through out the whole process.