Ever wonder about the people who work with your pets? How they learned to do what they do? Ever wonder if they're as qualified and experienced as you expect? How would you know?
The truth is... Nationwide, except for veterinary medical workers, there are few if any educational requirements for pet care workers, including groomers and trainers. In NYC, for "brick-and-mortar" businesses only, which does not include independent groomers, sitters, trainers or walkers, the Health Department administers and requires a three day course in care and handling--directed toward managers. Only one staff member who has taken the course is required to be on site. This means staff members may be working without any formal training and with no assurance that any training they might receive is the right kind.
Further, there are no requirements as to how many dogs or cats a pet care worker may work with at one time (e.g., a doggy day care may employ one handler to supervise one dog, five dogs or thirty dogs). Staffing ratios of handler to dogs are mostly dictated by profit concerns--not how many handlers can reasonably work with a set number of dogs to insure the animal's safety and welfare.
PetCenterEd wants to change all that. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to pet welfare and the appropriate training of pet workers of all kinds. Once open, our aim is to be the first school to offer a formal academic model- with study and classroom instruction in theory and concepts and applied training through expert guidance and mentoring--under one roof. The PetCenterEd approach is revolutionary because it is holistic: our students will learn and practice within a single framework. Our school will not only properly prepare pet service providers for a working environment, we will provide that environment.
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