List of Animal Grooming Schools in the U.S.
Professional pet groomers don't always need a license, so training programs for groomers vary widely - they may require anywhere between 200 and 700 clock hours for completion. There is one thing the programs tend to have in common, though - nearly all of them are offered via vocational schools.
How to Select an Animal Grooming School
Bathing, nail trimming, teeth cleaning, ear care and breed-specific grooming techniques are best learned by doing. For this reason, prospective animal groomers should enroll in programs that offer ample opportunity for hands-on experience. Some of the best grooming schools run their own pet salon where students can train under the supervision of an instructor. A school salon that services a large volume of both pure-bred animals and mixed breeds will generally offer students the best training for a career in animal grooming. Additional considerations in selecting a good grooming program include the following:
- Comprehensive programs should entail coursework covering animal anatomy, psychology and behavior.
- Students interested in running their own salon or mobile grooming service should look for programs offering small business courses.
- Some schools offer evening and weekend courses for students needing a flexible schedule.
- Students seeking greater education and job opportunities should earn an associate's degree in animal science with a grooming concentration; credits may transfer to a bachelor's degree.
10 Animal Grooming Schools
|North Shore Community College||2-year associate's degree program with grooming concentration|
|Cornerstone Dog Grooming Academy||600 clock hours|
|Merryfield School of Pet Grooming, Inc.||600 clock hours|
|Rio Gran Grooming School||436 clock hours|
|Paragon School of Pet Grooming||600 clock hours|
|Texas Allbreed Grooming School||480 clock hours|
|Golden Paws Pet Styling Academy||300 clock hours|
|The Dapper Dawg School of Professional Pet Grooming||300 clock hours|
|Michigan School of K-9 Cosmetology||600 clock hours|
|Clip Shoppe School of Dog Grooming||420 clock hours|