Dog grooming

Hucknall Pet Shop will provide excellent dog grooming training to help tackle national shortage

Pets and Friends in Hucknall will become the groomer training base for the Pet Shop Group and, to help fill the nationwide shortage of dog groomers, will now offer iPET Network qualifications to their employees and the general public.

Learners can now train and qualify in grooming, receive business advice to pursue their dreams, and turn an interest into a lucrative career, all under the watchful eye of veteran groomer and head trainer Kerry Chapman. Skilled groomer Kerry, 33, has been teaching dogs grooming since 2019, but her entire career has been spent on animals working as a riding instructor before that.

His passion and expertise have already guided dozens of students towards rewarding and competent careers in the industry.

Karry Chapman to Lead New Dog Grooming Training Sessions at Pets and Friends in Hucknall

But thanks to the school’s refurbishment and a new partnership with regulated qualifications awarding organization Ofqual’s iPET network, she’s confident the sky’s the limit for The Grooming Academy at Pets and Friends.

She said: “Grooming is such a rewarding and creative skill set, it’s not something anyone can just pick up a pair of scissors and do, so it’s wonderful to see students becoming amazing stylists on these courses.

“What’s great about iPET Network courses is that learners can work at their own pace, and there’s also a focus on handling and well-being.

“Animal welfare is at the heart of everything they do and these are our values ​​too.” The new purpose-built training center at Hucknall has been designed specifically to facilitate training sessions, whilst keeping animal welfare as a number one priority.

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The new center organizes introductory sessions for future students on Thursday June 30 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday July 2 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The new courses are already proving popular with students, many of whom are changing careers after working in other industries, to fulfill their dream of working with animals.

Pets and Friends is a pet care specialist, with stores offering grooming salons across the Midlands, and a website that delivers to customers nationwide and also offers convenient repeat subscriptions.

Part of the Kennelpak Group, the company has nearly 50 years of experience in the pet care industry.

Sarah Mackay and Fern Gresty of the iPET Network, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Pets and Friends and the new training school looks amazing.

“Dog grooming is a growing industry, with more groomers needed than ever to care for the record number of dogs currently living in UK homes.

“But for the industry to be an industry that everyone can trust, it is imperative that groomers get their qualifications.

“It’s great that Pets and Friends takes this responsibility so seriously.”

Claire Bayliss, Managing Director of KennelPak, said: “It is well known that there is a shortage of highly skilled groomers in the UK.

“We are delighted to have partnered with IPET Network to launch The Grooming Academy, a state-of-the-art training center in Hucknall, offering groomers and those looking for a career change the opportunity to gain a much-appreciated qualification as well as the skills they need to groom not just dogs, but a variety of small animals to exacting standards.

“This supports Pets and Friends’ goal of building communities of happy, healthy pets and responsible pet parents across the country.

“There are a number of training courses available which offer flexible timings as well as various payment terms, ensuring that our courses are accessible to students of all ages.

“Our training team has over 20 years of experience grooming puppies, dogs, cats and rabbits, and classes are all led by a fully qualified trainer.”

To learn more about how to become a dog groomer, check out a complete guide here.

To learn more about Pets and Friends, click here.