Pet Groomer

Pet groomers professionally groom dogs, cats and other pets. More specifically, a horse groom specializes in grooming, tacking and bathing horses. A pet groomer is responsible for the maintenance of an animal’s coat to avoid injury or matting. A pet groomer also provides customers with specific procedures for their pets to achieve a level of visual appeal.

Career Also Referred To As:

  • Pet stylist
  • Horse groom

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Greet clients and pets professionally and gather the client’s instructions for grooming
  • Bathe and clean pets prior to grooming
  • Groom pets by brushing and clipping fur, filing and clipping nails, and cleaning ears and teeth to the preference of the client
  • Perform dematting procedures to reduce animal’s risk of injury and pain
  • Administer grooming while ensuring animal welfare
  • Recognize skin or coat issues as well as parasites, injury or disease symptoms to report to pet owners
  • Maintain a clean and sanitary work environment including sweeping or vacuuming grooming area after each pet has been groomed
  • Clean tub and grooming equipment after each grooming and perform necessary sanitizing procedures
  • Instruct owners and clients on proper washing care for their pets
  • Schedule, book and verify appointments
  • Maintain records on pet care, scheduling and owner information
  • Keep inventory of grooming products, such as shampoo and soap

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education, especially animal science
  • anatomy
  • biology

Education/Training 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.

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