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Pet Groomer


A pet groomer or pet stylist professionally grooms dogs, cats, and other pets. A horse groom specializes in grooming, tacking, and bathing horses.


Pet Groomer


What responsibilities will I have?

  • Greet clients and pets and take instructions for grooming them per the client’s wishes in a professional manner
  • Bathe and clean pets prior to grooming
  • Groom pets by brushing and scissoring fur, filing or clipping nails, cleaning ears and teeth, or coloring fur or hair to the preference of client
  • Administer grooming all while ensuring safety and compassion for animal
  • Recognize skin or coat issues as well as parasites, injury, or disease symptoms in order to report to pet owners
  • Sweep or vacuum grooming area after each pet has been groomed
  • Clean tub and grooming equipment after each grooming
  • Instruct owners and clients on proper washing care for their pets
  • Schedule, book, and verify appointments
  • Maintain records
  • Keep inventory of grooming products such as shampoo and soap
  • Be willing to work flexible hours including weekends


What education and training is required?

A high school diploma is required to become a pet groomer along with a certain level of experience, typically as an apprentice or trainee. There are also pet grooming programs available. Breed-standard clipping knowledge is preferred.


To pursue a career as a Pet Groomer:

The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, animal science, anatomy, and biology.


Typical Employers:

Pet groomers work for pet salons, pet stores, veterinarians, kennels, or are self-employed. Horse grooms work for stables or may be self-employed.


Future Job Market/Outlook

The future outlook for a pet groomer will be good over the next five years. 


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • National Dog Groomers Association
  • Professional Cat Groomers Association of America
  • International Professional Groomers, Inc.
  • Intellectual Groomers Association
  • State pet groomer associations
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