Program Length and Definition of a Clock Hour

A clock hour means a period of 60 minutes with a minimum of 50 minutes of instruction in the presence of an instructor. Day classes are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, including an hour lunch break for the Professional Pet Grooming as well as the Professional Pet Grooming with Anesthetic Free Teeth Scaling. Day classes are held on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, including an hour lunch break for the Veterinary Assistant program.  Night classes are held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm for all programs. It should take the day student 30 weeks to complete the program (Approx 8 months) for the Professional Pet Grooming program. It should take the day student 45 weeks to complete the program (Approx 11 months) for the Professional Pet Grooming with Anesthetic Free Teeth Scaling program. It should take the day student 36 weeks (Approx 9 months) for the Veterinary Assistant program. For the Professional Pet Grooming, the night student should take 36 weeks to complete the program (Approx. 9 Months).  . For the Professional Pet Grooming with Anesthetic Free Dentals, the night student should take 53 weeks to complete the program (Approx. 13 Months). . For the Veterinary Assistant program, the night student should take 40 weeks to complete the program (Approx. 10 Months).    However, the majority of our students take 2-3 months longer to complete either the day or night class. A cash paying student may attend 15 hours or more a week, this is a student who is not accepting financial aid. International students must attend a minimum of 18 hours per week, and may accelerate their time if they choose. The school will allow you 150% as a maximum time-frame of the number of weeks in your program. All cash paying students may accelerate the completion of their training by attending both schedules. If you go over the maximum time-frame allowed, the hourly school rate of $18.00 per hour will be charged. There is a list of equipment and textbooks that are needed for the program. The equipment and textbooks are required to be purchased before the start of class.

Program Objectives

 The objective of our three programs is to prepare the student to enter into a professional in an entry-level position. All aspects of what we’re teaching directly relates to this specific goal. Our institutional accrediting agency has approved and adopted the specific objective. If and when there are any changes made, we will reflect those changes in our catalog.

Program Description

Professional Pet Grooming600 Clock Hours – This program is designed to assist the student with obtaining the necessary skills to professionally groom dogs in a salon, mobile grooming, house call grooming, veterinary practice or other animal care settings. In order to teach the pet grooming skills, the program focuses on working with grooming equipment, customer relations, bathing, hair drying, ear cleaning, combing, brushing, dematting, breed recognition, first aid, styling, diseases of the skin, perfection of scissor work which is covered in the first 550 hours of lab work in the school and online. The last 50 hours is an externship outside of the school. The student is placed in a real world setting such as veterinary practice, mobile grooming van, salon or in a house call grooming environment to apply its learned skills and improve upon them.

Professional Pet Grooming with Anesthetic Free Dentals900 Clock Hours – This program is designed to assist the student with obtaining the necessary skills to professionally groom dogs in a salon, mobile grooming, house call grooming, veterinary practice or other animal care settings. In order to teach the pet grooming skills, the program focuses on working with grooming equipment, customer relations, bathing, hair drying, ear cleaning, combing, brushing, dematting, breed recognition, first aid, styling, diseases of the skin, perfection of scissor work which is covered in the first 550 hours of lab work in the school and online. In addition, the student will learn the skills needed to perform anesthetic free teeth scaling on dogs and cats.  Students will also learn how to properly chart a pet’s teeth as well as tooth diseases, animal behavior, physiology and basic first aid on animals. The last 50 hours is an externship outside of the school. The student is placed in a real world setting such as veterinary practice, mobile grooming van, salon or in a house call grooming environment to apply its learned skills and improve upon them.

 Veterinary Assistant – 900 Clock Hours – This program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment as a veterinary assistant.  The program will provide students with a foundation of knowledge in animal anatomy and physiology, medical terminology and animal care activities.  Through hands-on learning, students will be able to learn to keep medical and imaging records, offer client education, assist with animal nursing duties, prepare for surgeries and assist in a routine exam.  This program includes a 180 hour externship where students will be placed at an animal clinic, animal hospital or mobile veterinary clinic to gain additional real-world experience under the supervision of the clinic site management personnel.

Course Numbering System

 The course numbering system uses a five-digit alphanumeric identifier. The prefixes are characters that represent the type of course and the suffixes are numbers that represent the sequence in which they are taught.

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