About Us

The Academy of Pet Careers (APC) has been leading the education of pet professionals in the Midwest since 1993. The APC operates in unison with Petropolis Pet Resort, St. Louis’ premier pet care facility.  Petropolis Pet Center has been recognized as the “Nation’s Best Large Pet Hotel” as awarded by Board and Groom magazine and has won numerous other awards for their grooming and training services.  This quality of service is the basis for the education taught by APC and each student should expect to learn from the best.



With over 10 years of pet care experience, Joseph Schifano, is the president of The Academy of Pet Careers. It is his vision and focus to empower pets and improve on the human-pet bond. The Academy is moving in a direction that educated pet professionals on the benefits of learning applied animal behavior. The goal is to educate not only pet professionals, but pet parents of the negative impacts of ignoring signs of fear, anxiety, and stress in their pets.

This new vision has helped develop the Pet Empowerment philosophy, requiring all course content to consider the impacts our actions and techniques have on the pet mind.

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Reasons to choose the APC?

Hands on learning

Every program that is taught at APC gives you hands on experience and simulates a real working environment.

Personalized instruction

Our class sizes are small, allowing for more one-on-one attention from our expert instructors. We understand that each student learns at their own pace so this is key to creating a successful educational experience for each and every student.

Flexible schedules

Our school prides itself on creating the most comfortable schedule for our students. All of our programs are open enrollment and have options for part-time or full-time attendance.

Job placement assistance

We understand the importance of finding a job right out of school so APC has developed a network of alumni and businesses to help you find your dream job when you graduate.


Options are available to out of town students to live in on-site dorms or off campus in one of our school houses.

Financial Aid

APC is approved by many funding organizations to help with the costs. This includes many options for families with military benefits.