VA Education Benefits for Veterans and Their Family Members

The pet care field is growing and offers employment opportunities for veterans. At The Academy of Pet Careers, we offer programs in Vet Assisting, Dog Training, Dog Grooming, and Animal Behavior. Find out how you can use your VA Education Benefits to become a pet professional in just 5 months or less!

VA Education Benefits

Programs That Accept The GI Bill® and Veteran Education Benefits*

Dog Grooming School

As the oldest dog grooming school in St. Louis, we have supplied the grooming industry with groomers for over 30 years. All of our programs are hands-on and you are learning in a real grooming environment. With small class sizes, you will get the personalized attention to excel through the programs. Some of the skills taught in our dog grooming course include:


  • Bathing & Brushing
  • Drying
  • Skin & Coat Care
  • Disease Recognition
  • Nail Care
  • Prep Work
  • Tidy Trims and Kennel Cuts
  • Breed Specific Trims

Dog Training School

We offer comprehensive programs in the greater St. Louis area for those looking to become a professional dog trainer. All dog training programs are hands-on. Not only will you learn to train your own dog, but you will work with a series of dogs in our training programs, so you can be assured that you can handle a variety of behaviors. Skills available in our training school include:


  • Dog Learning Theory
  • Pet Safety & Handling
  • Marker Training
  • Formal Obedience
  • Scent Detection
  • Service Dog Training
  • Group Class Instruction
  • Dog Evaluation Skills

Veterinary Assisting School

Our veterinary assistant program was launched in 2020 and is one of the only hands-on programs in St. Louis or surrounding areas.  This accelerated program teaches the same topics as most 2 year programs but in only 5 months. Get your foot in the door at a vet clinic for a fraction of the cost of a vet tech program. Some of the skills taught in our vet assisting course include:


  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Animal Behavior & Restraint
  • Animal Care & Nursing
  • Surgical Assisting
  • Laboratory Procedures
  • Diagnostic Imaging

*VA education benefits are only available for approved in-person programs. Online and secondary education programs are not eligible for benefits.

Military Spouses and Family Members

Military Benefits GI Bill

The Academy of Pet Careers is proud to accept VA benefits for military members and their families. Some veterans and their families are eligible for full funding. For more details on your VA benefits or the GI Bill®, click here.

VA education benefits can be transferred in many cases to spouses and children. If you or your spouse have ever considered a career working with animals, now is the time to get into the business. The pet care industry has grown over the past 3 years and in need of qualified pet professionals!

We Make It Easy To Succeed!

All our programs are designed to create a personalized experience for each student. As a veteran or a family member, we care about your success. Benefits of our programs include:

  • Small classes
  • Full-time attendance
  • Housing (off-campus)
  • Lifetime job assistance

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

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