ABC Grooming Instruction Program Canadian Student of the Month– July 2014
Shyanne Bird resides in Orillia, Ontario, Canada, and works at the local veterinary hospital as a veterinary assistant. She has always had a love and passion for animals. While in school to become a veterinary assistant, Shyanne discovered grooming and chose ABC to become a certified.
What was/is the biggest challenge you faced during your externship and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge I had was with a special dog who had seizures. This dog had seizures no matter which groomer worked with her. As soon as she would walk into the grooming salon, she would immediately have a seizure. I decided to talk with the owner and work out a plan to bring her in once a week, not for grooming but for a “cookie” appointment. The owner agreed. At first, the three of us would hang out then eventually, I would just take her on my own to my room and give her treats and play time. From there, I would get her onto the table, then the tub and so on. After about six weeks, I was able to groom her with no problem at all.
What has been your most rewarding moment during your externship?
My most rewarding moments are when the clients come to get their dogs with a smile on their faces as if to say “job well done.”
What has your experience been like in the ABC Grooming Instruction Program?
It has been great. The staff was very helpful, my questions were always answered, and I was able to call and talk to someone when I needed to. I would recommend you guys to anyone I know.
What one thing stands out for you in terms of knowledge and/or skills acquired from the program?
Clipper blade knowledge stood out for me. Professional blades are completely different from the ones that you could buy at Wal-Mart or your basic pet stores. Also, I like knowing the standard clips of certain breeds.
What are your future career plans?
My future career plans are to get a bit more experience. I would then like to start up my own business from home. Once I decide to have children, I want to be able to spend time with them.