Ever wonder about the people who work with your pets? And 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 bricks-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 30 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 nonprofit, focusing on pet welfare and appropriate training for pet care workers and will be operating the first school to offer a formal academic model throughout the spectrum of services offered for pets, 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.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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