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Dog Grooming School

Learn about our dog grooming courses and how you can become a certified dog groomer in as little as four weeks. Teachings include everything from bathing and brushing to breed trims. 

Dog Training School

Our dog training certifications teach everything from basic obedience to scent detection and service dog training, so find out how you can become a dog trainer today...

Vet Assisting School

Our newest program coming Spring of 2020, the veterinary assisting program will prepare students for the exciting world of veterinary medicine. Learn how you can become a veterinary assistant today.

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New Program: Veterinary Assisting!

The veterinary field is in desperate need of qualified vet assistants, so, The Academy of Pet Careers has added a 5-month program designed to prepare graduates for the exciting field of veterinary medicine. The first semester is expected to begin in the spring of 2020. Click the link below for more details on how to get started...

New Location: Coming Spring 2020!

We had a great 2019 and we are outgrowing our space. We have purchased a new building totaling 35,000 square feet and construction has already begun. We expect to be in our new building come spring of 2020, pending no delays.

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Our Philosophy at The Academy of Pet Careers

The Academy of Pet Careers teaches skills and techniques that empower pets. Pet Empowerment is all about understanding the psychology of fear in pets so that we can better serve them. Because of this desire to help, our passion at the APC is in improving the quality and standard of care in the pet industry. Every day, pets are taken to their vet, groom salon, or doggy daycare for socialization. They deal with fears and anxiety that most pet professionals don’t know how to recognize.

Latest News and Information

Don’t Punish Wanted Behavior

November 20, 2018

Reading the title of this blog, you might be wondering who on earth would punish their dog for doing a behavior they want. But the truth is that many of us do this without even realizing it. For example, you catch your dog digging through the trash and call him to you. He stops digging…

The Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare

November 16, 2018

In the 1960s there was a push in the UK to improve livestock husbandry standards. The UK Farm Animal Welfare Council formalized a position statement called The Five Freedoms in 1979. Since that time this same standard for basic animal welfare has been embraced by professional groups around the world from veterinarians to national sheltering…

The Humane Hierarchy in Training and Behavior Modification

November 9, 2018

The Humane Hierarchy was developed by Dr. Susan Friedman, PhD, and adopted by the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) as the preferred order of interventions. We use this framework in both obedience training and behavior modification. The aim is to ensure that we’re tending to all of the dog’s needs while using the…