Animal Grooming

Tuition and FeesSecond Career

Program Title: Animal Grooming
Credential Earned: Ontario College Certificate
Delivery: Full Time
Program Length: 2 Semesters
Program Status: Open

Program Codes
Program codes are for September intakes except those that are indicated differently.
NORT-H133–HL Haileybury Campus

Program Specific Information and Forms
Below are requirements or forms that have to be completed before the start of the semester or the date specified.

Animal Grooming Requirements and Information


  • Program Description
    Through a combination of lectures and practical experience, this one-year program will prepare students to work as an animal groomer. Students can use the skills they receive to work for other animal service providers or to start their own business. This program may be taken concurrently with the Veterinary Assistant program. The student would then graduate with a double certificate. Contact the Coordinator at 705-672-3376 ext. 8841 for more information.

    Graduates of this program are equipped with a solid base of technical skills and knowledge in animal grooming. They will be able to work in a number of settings, such as veterinary clinics, veterinary hospitals, pet grooming centers and pet stores. They will also be able to start their own business.

    Important Information for Graduates
    A limited number of spots are available for graduates of Northern College’s Veterinary Assistant or Animal Grooming programs. Graduates of those programs that wish to apply to the Veterinary Technician program must have – in addition to the usual requirements for direct entry from high school – a 75 percent minimum average (3.0 GPA) upon graduation from Veterinary Assistant or Animal Grooming programs. Applicants will be assessed according to highest academic achievement in their program.

    Career Opportunities
    Graduates may find employment in a number of settings such as veterinary clinics, veterinary hospitals, pet grooming centres, pet stores. Graduates may also start their own business.

  • The teachers get to know their students...

    Erinn Dalton

    on an individual basis, and care about their academic performance.

    The classes are small, which makes it easier to get in touch with teachers and work hands-on with the animals. The hands-on component really is the best part of this program. - Erinn Dalton, Veterinary Assistant and Animal Grooming program


Contact Information
Nancy Goudreault, RVT
Veterinary Sciences Coordinator
Tel: 705-672-3376 ext. 8841
goudreaultn@northern.on.ca
Admission Requirements
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
Grade 12 English (C, U, or E)
Proficiency in word processing recommended

Or equivalent

Or mature student status (an applicant who does not have a high school diploma or equivalent, and will have reached the age of 19 years on or before the start of the program). Mature students must undergo academic testing prior to admission into a program. Call the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 for more details. Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

Additional Admissions Requirements
Proficiency in word processing recommended.
Rabies vaccine series and titre prior to start of program (at student’s expense).
Note: Students are expected to provide a basic grooming kit.

Semester 1
AC1033 Clinical Procedures
AG1013 Grooming the Companion Animal
AG1023 Professional Grooming – Cats
AG1033 Professional Grooming-Dogs
VA1001 Animal Behaviour
VA1032 Client Relations
VA1033 Clinical Procedures
VA2042 Animal Handling
VT1123 Kennel Duty I

Semester 2
AG2003 Canine Grooming Salon
AG2013 Feline Grooming Salon
BU2024 Small Business Management
EV7003 Issues in Environmental Sustainability
VA2032 Feeds and Feeding of Companion Animals
VA2052 Basic Animal Procedures
VA2053 Coat and Skin Care
VT2042 Management Technology
VT2123 Kennel Duty II

Semester 1

A1033 Clinical Procedures
This course will deal with animal husbandry and the principles of restraint of dogs, cats, birds, laboratory animals, and reptiles. The basic function of radiology equipment, safety concerns and precautionary procedures in radiology will be discussed. Students will learn the principles of triage and discuss emergency situations and how to deal with them. Aspects of pharmacology are covered, including drug categories, over the counter versus prescription drugs, drug laws and regulations and their application in clinical practice. The student learns about prescriptions, labeling, packaging and dispensing regulations

AG1013 Grooming the Companion Animal
This course will deal with how to groom various companion animals, both large and small. This course will also prepare the student to function properly in a grooming facility. All areas of care will be discussed and practiced; these will include bathing, and conditioning of the coat, ear care, and nail care.

AG1023 Professional Grooming – Cats
Through a series of modules delivered in this course and in Grooming Cats II, students learn how to groom cats. All areas of care will be discussed and practised, including bathing, clipping, nail trimming, scissor cuts and conditioning of the coat. Special emphasis will be placed on the proper use and maintenance of the equipment necessary to accomplish the above tasks.

AG1033 Professional Grooming – Dogs
Through a series of modules delivered in this course and in Grooming Dogs II students learn how to groom dogs. All areas of care will be discussed and practiced, including bathing, clipping, nail trimming, scissor cuts and conditioning of the coat. Special emphasis will be placed on the proper use and maintenance of the equipment necessary to accomplish the above tasks.

VA1001 Animal Behaviour
Animal care providers often handle animals with behaviour problems. They must know what advice to give and when to refer the problem to the veterinarian. The technician must also know the procedure involved in referral to a behavioural specialist and/or an obedience trainer.

VA1032 Client Relations
This one semester course is designed for the Animal Groomer, Veterinary Assistant and the Veterinary Technician and their role in the daily operation of a veterinary practice. The course will include sections on customer service, telephone skills, and welcoming skills, confrontation and conflict resolution. There will be a component on Client Communication utilizing both oral and written communication in the veterinary practice. This course will have a self directed on line grammar component. This course will enable the students to practice the skills required for effective work in client relations.

VA1033 Clinical Procedures
This course deals with animal husbandry. The student will learn to assist with restraint of companion animals. Emergency Triage will be covered, as well as patient admittance into a Veterinary hospital and discharge. Pharmacology will be covered in this course. The assistant must be proficient in recognizing legal issues involving drugs in the workplace, recognize general types and groups of drugs and describe prescription label requirements. Labeling, packaging and dispensing of prescription medication will also be covered. Biological therapeutic agents will be discussed.

VA2042 Animal Handling
This course will outline the fundamentals of animal restraint and the factors that influence behavior. Handling, restraining, feeding, and analyzing of cats, dogs and lab animals will be emphasized. Proper forms of animal approach, handling, restraint, and release will be demonstrated and practiced by the student. All classes will start with a lecture and/or demonstration on how to perform the procedure, followed by a lab of applying that knowledge.

VT1123 Kennel Duty I
This course will prepare the student to function in a veterinary environment. Students will provide care for the animals owned by Northern College. The use of Standard Operating Procedures will assist the student. The Veterinary Science facility simulates the professional environment and enables the students to learn the skills necessary to function as a productive team member.

Semester 2

AG2003 Canine Grooming Salon
Through a series of modules delivered in this course and in Grooming Dogs I students learn how to groom dogs. All areas of care will be discussed and practiced, including bathing, clipping, nail trimming, scissor cuts and conditioning of the coat. Special emphasis will be placed on the proper care and maintenance of the equipment necessary to accomplish the above tasks.

AG2013 Feline Grooming Salon
Through a series of modules delivered in this course and in Grooming Cats I, students learn how to groom cats. All areas of care will be discussed and practiced, including: bathing clipping, nail trimming, scissor cuts and conditioning of the coat. Special emphasis will be placed on the proper care and maintenance of the equipment necessary to accomplish the above tasks.

BU2024 Small Business Management
Stressing and advancing the importance of small business within our existing business climate, the students will cover topics such as start-up, strategies and principles of small business, financing and operations management.

EV7003 Issues in Environmental Sustainability
Our human society is at a crossroads in terms of our management of the environment. Population growth, and the demands it continues to place on our available resources, has resulted in a situation in which the judicious management of those resources is no longer an option. This multidisciplinary, general education course is of interest to students of all walks of life and all intended professions, as a guide to how they can learn to live more sustainably in their personal and professional lives, and, in so doing, preserve the environment for the needs and enjoyment of future generations.

VA2032 Feeds & Feeding of Companion Animals
This course covers the basic concepts of nutrition and provides students with sufficient understanding to advise clients on the nutritional needs of large and small animals at various life stages. While the major focus of the course is on feeding the healthy animal, the dietary needs of dogs and cats with specific organ diseases are also covered. Students are introduced to common dietary toxicities and deficiencies encountered in small companion animal medicine.

VA2052 Basic Animal Procedures
This course will outline the fundamentals of basic animal procedures that may occur in a small animal clinic setting. Handling and restraining will be emphasized during basic procedures such as bandaging, emergency triage, proper sample collection and handling, equipment uses during emergency situations. All classes will start with a lecture and/or demonstration on how to perform the procedure, followed by a lab of applying that knowledge.

VA2053 Coat and Skin Care

VT2042 Management Technology
This course will give the student practical skills on specialized veterinary software packages such as AVImark and Impromed infinity. Students will be able to set up files for new clients and/or new patients. They will know how to bill for services and products, print appropriate certificates as well as prescription labels. Accepting payments will be practiced.

VT2123 Kennel Duty II
This course will prepare the student to function in a veterinary environment. Students will provide care for the animals owned by Northern College. The use of Standard Operating Procedures will assist the student. The Veterinary Science facility simulates the professional environment and enables the students to learn the skills necessary to function as a productive team member.