ABC Grooming Instruction Program Student of the Month
Amanda Loren, who lives in Clyde, New York, has always been an animal lover. At first, she wanted to be a veterinarian, but Amanda quickly learned she didn’t have the stomach for it. Instead, Amanda chose ABC’s Grooming Instruction Program to help her achieve her goal of working with animals. Amanda is currently working nights at Wal-Mart in order to pursue her animal career during the day.
What was/is the biggest challenge you faced during your externship and how did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge was scissoring around the face, especially the eyes, because I was so nervous that I would injure an animal. Practicing with my mentor helped me build the confidence I needed. I still practice often to help me overcome my fears.
Describe a humorous moment you witnessed or took part in while working at your externship location.
My mentor loved to sing to and dance with the dogs as she was grooming them. I was able to learn a lot about reading the dogs. It was a lot of fun to watch her interact with the animals.
How did you hear about the ABC program and what convinced you to become certified?
I Googled pet grooming schools and Animal Behavior College was the first one on the list. When I was browsing through the website, it seemed perfect. When I called, the woman I spoke with really helped me and convinced me to try the program.
What has your experience been like in the ABC Grooming Instruction Program?
My experience with ABC had been great. I was sent emails regularly to check [on my progress] and whenever I had questions, I knew that help was just a phone call or email away. I would definitely recommend the program.
If you could style a dog or cat after any celebrity, who would it be and why?
If I had to choose a famous person to style my cat after, I would say King Henry [VIII] because my cat is very fat and royal looking. That is actually where my cat, Henry, got his name from.