Grooming Instruction Program
Admissions Policies and Physical Requirements
To enroll in ABC programs an individual must:
- Possess a high school diploma, GED, high school equivalency or pass the Ability to Benefit Test
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Pass a computerized entrance exam covering basic English and Math skills
- Have a phone interview with an Admissions Counselor to determine eligibility for enrollment
- Disclose all past felony convictions, which includes, but is not limited to; animal, drug or alcohol-related incidents. Enrollment based upon this information will be at the sole discretion of ABC.
If an application is not accepted, all tuition paid to the College will be refunded.
Student will participate in a two-part program involving home study and Externship. The Externship requires the student to experience the daily activities of a groomer while under the professional guidance of a professional groomer in a grooming salon or mobile grooming facility. Students must arrange for their own transportation to their externship location.
Essential Skills: Minimum Skills Required
- Reading: Student must be able to read English at a High School equivalency level.
- Writing: Student must be able to write English at a High School equivalency level.
- Communication: Student must be able to communicate verbally in English and give both hand commands and voice directions.
- Observation: Student must be observant at all times of all persons and animals to maintain a safe working environment.
- Physical Demands: See specific Physical Requirements below.
Physical Requirements for Admission
Professional pet groomers are expected to assist in many tasks involving the animals receiving grooming services; including handling dogs of varying breeds, sizes and temperaments. Many animals are fast moving and have quick responses to stimuli in their environment. Some animals can be stressed, fearful or aggressive in a kennel or grooming salon environment. Because of these factors, it is essential for the student be capable of all the tasks noted in the below chart.
- Student must be able to use both hands for repetitive action such as using animal restraint devices including leashes, collars and muzzles, and maneuvering and hand signals:
- Firm Grasp: Both Hands
- Fine Manipulation: Both Hands
- Hands are exposed to water or other liquids on a repetitive basis: Yes
- Disposable gloves required: May be needed
- Repetitive Movement for feet is required:
- Walking: Frequent
- Walking at brisk pace: Frequent; both forward and backwards keeping eyes on animals. Must be able to turn sharply to change direction. Must have reasonable degree of agility to move through tightly cramped areas in various situations.
- Visual Requirements and Hearing Requirements:
- Does the program require a minimal visual acuity? Yes, student must be able to comprehend fine details while observing animals and people in close proximity and up to 30 ft. away; Vision must include good peripheral, distance, depth perception, and ability to focus.
- Does the program require differentiation of color? No
- Can the student wear glasses/contacts? Yes
- Does the program require minimal hearing acuity? Yes, student must be able to discern animal vocalization such as changes in pitch, normal speech at close contact and shouting up to 30 ft. away.
- Does the program require driving motorized vehicle or equipment? No, although students must arrange own transportation while in program.
- Other specific criteria:
- Must have good range of motion in joints especially wrist, knees, elbows and back
- Must have acceptable sense of touch and smell
- Must have acceptable sense of balance
- Must possess excellent hand-eye coordination
- Must possess good dexterity in hands and fingers
- Student must be able to withstand being jumped on by small and large animals
- Student must be able to physically restrain small and large animals
- Student must be able to handle prolonged exposure to a variety of solutions, including but not limited to: animal shampoos and conditioners, dish soap, ammonium cleaners and bleach
- Student must be able to cope with the handling and processing of bodily fluids
- Student must accept the risks of exposure to certain materials including but not limited to potential pathogens and potentially bio-hazardous materials
Ability to Use Equipment
- Students must have access to a computer and the internet.
- Students must have basic computer skills to use internet.
- Students must be able to attach and detach animal training collars and leads.
- Students must be able to grasp and hold leash or other restraint device for controlling small, medium, and large dogs.
- Students must be able to grasp and use grooming equipment, including but not limited to: clippers, shears, brushes and combs.
Inability to meet Physical Requirements
Students who are unable to meet the above physical requirements should notify ABC faculty immediately. Animal Behavior College welcomes the opportunity to provide reasonable accommodation to students who do not meet one or more of the Physical Requirements to allow students to successfully and safely complete all program requirements.