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February 28 – April 5
Are you interested in starting a career working with animals? This course will help students explore the field of animal-related careers through education and internships. The Pet Education certificate course offers resources to help begin or enhance your career working with animals including pet-sitting, kennel work, daycare, training, working for a veterinarian and other animal-related fields. Topics include: pet health and illness, communication, behavior management, safety, basic hygiene, writing a résumé and more. The instructor will assist students in securing the necessary internships to complete the certificate. Students must successfully complete the online course, complete a pet First Aid/CPR course and have 54 hours of internship at approved animal care facilities within six months of the final meeting in order to successfully complete this program. This course is taught by Mary Lynn Gagnon, co-owner of Pet Estates Inc. and Merry Lynn Kennels. Click here to register.
PET CPR AND FIRST AID
March 12 – April 13
This course is for students who wish to work in the pet industry or acquire knowledge on how to respond in an emergency situation for pets. Learning to respond quickly and properly in the first few minutes in a pet emergency is critical and can save a pet’s life. Topics covered include: equipment and supplies for putting together a pet First Aid kit, assessing vital signs, understanding basic pet owner responsibilities, bleeding and shock management, restraint, muzzle elevation, direct pressure, pressure points, immobilization and shock management, transportation, rescue breathing, treating wounds and administering medicine. This course is taught by Mary Lynn Gagnon, co-owner of Pet Estates Inc. and Merry Lynn Kennels. Click here to register.
TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES FOR PROFESSIONALS – HOW TO SAFELY ENTER A HOME WITH A PET
March 14 – March 28
This course is designed to give those in professional positions (police, firemen, pet sitters, nurses, etc.) the training and tools needed to help keep them safe when entering a home with pets. Topics include: canine aggression and reading body language, assessing dogs and how to diffuse dangerous or potentially dangerous situations involving dogs. Students will also learn how to recognize aggression in animals and remain safe when entering their territory, as well as how to recognize a pet’s body language such as tail position, eye behavior, ear posture and mouth behavior, and vocal communication. Students will learn how to communicate with a pet accordingly. This course is taught by Mary Lynn Gagnon, co-owner of Pet Estates Inc. and Merry Lynn Kennels. Click here to register.
PETS BASIC GROOMING SCHOOL
April 13 – May 18
In this introductory course, students will prepare for a career in the grooming business. Through both online lecture and hands-on training, students will prepare to work with animals as a pet groomer assistant and caregiver. Students will learn about the basic steps in the pet grooming process including nails, ear cleaning, anal glands, dental and eye care. Students will also learn how to bathe, brush and dry dogs based on their coat type and individual needs. The fundamentals of cat grooming; including handling, restraining, bathing, brushing and drying will be covered. Topics also include products used to care for pets and treat health issues, the history of dog and cat grooming, and an overview of basic anatomy, health and disease in pets. Students must complete this online course, successfully complete the pet CPR/First Aid course and complete at least 20 hours of internships at approved animal care facilities within six months of the final class in order to receive their certificate for this course. This course is taught by Mary Lynn Gagnon, co-owner of Pet Estates Inc. and Merry Lynn Kennels. Click here to register.
STARTING A PET BUSINESS
April 30 – May 14
The pet industry is booming and demand has increased for specialized pet services such as dog walking and training. But where does an aspiring entrepreneur wishing to start his/her own pet business begin? This online course will help students learn how to avoid pitfalls in the beginning stages of business planning and learn how to do it right the first time. Topics include business planning, acquiring permits, how to make your own business unique in the industry, writing a press release, tips to increase revenue, marketing and designs that sell and where to go for free assistance. This course includes a 30-minute personal phone consultation with Pet Estates Inc. owners Don or Mary Lynn Gagnon. This course is taught by Mary Lynn Gagnon, co-owner of Pet Estates Inc. and Merry Lynn Kennels. Click here to register.