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"PetCenterEd will be operating the first school to offer a formal academic model throughout the spectrum of pet care, blending theory and concepts central to the biology, behavior and welfare of companion animals, along with applied training, classroom instruction, expert guidance and mentoring under one roof."
PetCenterEd will be operating the first school to offer a formal academic model throughout the spectrum of pet care, blending theory and concepts central to the biology, behavior and welfare of companion animals, along with applied training, classroom instruction, expert guidance and mentoring under one roof. The program will span six months to give students the appropriate time to acquire sufficient knowledge and develop technical skills contrasted with the existing norm, of haveing a pet's needs addressed by either someone working with scissor and electric clippers after only a few months, or who considers painful aversive devices such as shock collars a good idea for basic training. Students will attend lectures and learn the hands on application of animal care in the same facility. Internships are traditionally where applied skills are developed and are most effective when training under licensed professionals. Currently, pet care workers who intern at a pet care facility may receive varied, inconsistent or incorrect training. Because PetCenterEd will operate a training facility where expert animal care services are offered, PetCenterEd students will develop their applied skills in dog grooming, handling, training, etc., under the same oversight of the licensed masters level professionals that are instructing them in conceptual theory and knowledge under the curriculum.
Except for veterinary medical workers, there are basically no educational requirements for pet care workers. In NYC, the Health Department administers and requires a three day course in care and handling. Only one staff member who has taken the course is required to be on site. In sum, multiple staff members may be working without any formal training. Further, there are no requirements as to how many dogs a pet care worker may work with at one time (e.g., a doggy day care may employ one handler to supervise 1 dog, 5 dogs or 30 dogs). Staffing ratios of handler to dogs are often dictated by profit concerns as opposed to how many handlers can reasonably work with a set number of dogs to insure the animal's safety and welfare.
While PetCenterEd's focus is on pet welfare and appropriate training for pet care workers and is not profit driven, this revolutionary educational approach is designed to help sustain itself through two streams of revenue from tuition and services provided to pet owners in the community. This split approach will allow PetCenterEd to offer an immediate higher level of pet care services at a discounted rate to local pet owners, to create qualified worker with better skills and greater resulting employment prospects and higher care and increased welfare for our companion animals.
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