Yorkshire Times
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12:22 PM 26th May 2021

Grimsby Academy Training Next Generation Of Dog Groomers After Lockdown Ownership Surge

The Academy Grimsby Animal Care
The Academy Grimsby Animal Care
Lockdown has brought about an 11% rise in pet ownership, with dogs being taken on more than any other animal. As more people than ever before take pride in owning their perfect pooch, dog groomers are seeing bookings increase significantly across North East Lincolnshire.

From rescuing unwanted canines from local animal shelters to taking on new puppies, statistics revealed a huge 3.2m households adopted a pet during the course of the pandemic – a spike described as “unprecedented” by experts at the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association.

People have been walking like never before with their beloved dogs by their side but these new pets need a regular wash and trim to keep them looking their best. That’s where the next generation of animal care professionals can play their part.

The surge in ownership means the demand for dog groomers has hit an all-time high, with many businesses working all hours to cater for their expanded list of clients. There’s no better time to pursue a dream of working with man’s best friend.

The Academy Grimsby’s specialist Animal Care pathway is the perfect introduction to a career in the industry that balances the theory of animal development and their care requirements with hands-on experience.

Matthew Holness, deputy principal, said: “A career in caring for animals is up there among the most rewarding. Locally and nationally, there’s been a surge in people pounding the pavements with their faithful friends and, from our links with local groomers and veterinary practices, we know there to have been an increase in demand.

“Our wide-ranging, enriching and rewarding pathway sets up learners with significant opportunities to work with a range of companion, exotic and farm livestock species in specialist facilities.

“This pathway provides learners aged 14-16-years-old with the best start to further and higher education in animal management in addition to enhancing employment opportunities. It’s the ideal springboard to move into all sorts of animal-based careers including working in zoos and safari parks, as well as in veterinary nursing, dog grooming and animal behaviour.

“If any current Year 9 or Year 10 students – or their parents or guardians – are interested in finding out more, please do get in touch to arrange a tour or virtual tour. We are incredibly proud of what we offer and we would love for our local learners to get to share in that enjoyment.”