How to become an Assistant Animal Groomer

Assistant Animal Groomers work as junior groomers caring for and grooming companion animals, usually dogs and occasionally cats.

Personal requirements for an Assistant Animal Groomer

  • Enjoy practical and manual activities
  • Mature and responsible
  • Free from allergies aggravated by animal hair, fur, feathers and dust
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job, undertaking manual and sometimes heavy work
  • Able to handle animals with confidence and patience

Duties & Tasks of an Assistant Animal Groomer

Assistant Animal Groomers may perform the following tasks:

  • Prepare purebred dogs and cats for shows
  • Wash, dry, brush, combs, cut and style pets' coats
  • Care for pets' nails, ears, eyes and skin
  • Help with mobile dog wash businesses

Working conditions for an Assistant Animal Groomer

Working conditions vary depending on the place of work. Some groomers have to work on weekends and public holidays. Many have to work outdoors when dealing with larger pets. Considerable contact with the public is involved when caring for animals in shows and when selling pet food or accessories.

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