Frequently Asked Questions

Does the APC offer any financial aid options?

The APC has funding options available to our students that are eligible. Our students may be eligible for tuition assistance through certain government grant programs (does not include FASFA loans) as well as payment plans and scholarships through the APC. Call our admissions director for more information or learn more here.


Where are you located?

We are located only 30 minutes from downtown St. Louis. Our facilities are conveniently located in St. Charles, MO right off Interstate 70, minutes from food, parks, and entertainment.


Are there housing options for out of town students?

The APC offers housing located in St. Charles, Missouri. Housing is furnished with private rooms. Living areas are shared with other APC Students. The cost per week for housing is $175 (other fees may apply). Students enrolled in a Training program are allowed to have dogs in housing with them. These options fill up quickly so apply your deposit to lock in your room.

In addition to APC managed housing, we work with local extended stay hotels to provide additional options when other options are full. These accommodations are pet friendly and are located a short drive from school.


Do you offer part-time options?

Yes, in addition to full-time options, part-time enrollment is offered in all training and grooming programs (vet assistant programs must be attended full-time). Part-time is offered as a fixed 3-day per week schedule and may be different for each program. Combining a 3-day schedule and short class days allows many students to work while enrolled in school.


Full-Time Class Schedules

Day of Week Grooming School Vet Assisting & Training School
Monday 9:00am - 3:00pm 8:30am – 2:30pm
Tuesday  9:00am - 3:00pm 8:30am – 2:30pm
Wednesday  9:00am - 3:00pm 8:30am – 2:30pm
Thursday PEP Class (8:30am – 2:30pm) PEP Class (8:30am – 2:30pm)
Friday  9:00am - 3:00pm 8:30am – 2:30pm

Part-Time Class Schedules

Day of Week Grooming School Training School
Monday 9:00am - 3:00pm 8:30am – 2:30pm
Wednesday  9:00am - 3:00pm 8:30am – 2:30pm
Thursday PEP Class (8:30am – 2:30pm) PEP Class (8:30am – 2:30pm)

When does school start?

We offer monthly, open enrollment for Grooming and Training! You may begin class on the first week of each month throughout the year as long as our class capacity allows.

Veterinary assistant classes are on a Semester schedule with start dates available 2 times each year, in the spring and fall.

We offer small class sizes to ensure a better student to teacher ratio. Start date will only be held once application, contract and deposit are submitted.


Do I need to provide my own dogs?

Our training school requires you to have at least 1 dog to attend class. These dogs will be your demo dogs when you graduate and begin work as a trainer. If you need dogs or think your dog would not be a good fit, you will need to find one for the program. We have rescues and shelters that we recommend.

The APC provides all dogs needed to go through the grooming and veterinary school, but some students may choose to bring their own to practice specific modules.


Who are my instructors?

All our Instructors are experts in their field and advocates of the Pet Empowerment philosophy. You can learn more about each of them on our Meet the Instructors page.


What kind of equipment is needed to attend school?

Equipment must be purchased through the APC. We have designed our equipment packages around each specific program. The equipment packages provide you with all the basic equipment needed to begin your career as a professional. Equipment packages are given out on the first day of school.


How do I begin the enrollment process?

You can begin the enrollment process any time but we recommend beginning after a school visit. The first step is completing the Student Enrollment Application with all necessary attachments and paying your $50 application fee. If accepted, you will receive notice from our admissions department. The next step to enroll is to pay your $900 deposit and sign your Course Contract. This is what with lock in your start date and program.


Do you help with job placement after graduation?

YES! We have employers from all over the country that ask for our graduates. We will help you find the right fit in this industry and get you in contact with as many options as possible. We have resources to prepare your resume and interviewing skills too! New jobs are posted regularly. To check out opportunities in your area, visit our Job Board.


What is your Money Back Guarantee?

Our money back guarantee is also known as our “drop window”. It is a 14 calendar-day period at the beginning of their program, that allows students to be sure that they have picked out the most perfect program.

We are so sure that you will be happy with your schooling that we offer a “Money Back Guarantee” to ensure your satisfaction. If for any reason you wish to discontinue your attendance at the APC, a refund will be issued with no questions asked.

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