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Groomer Education

Become an AKC S.A.F.E Groomer or Salon

The American Kennel Club recognizes that grooming is essential to the overall health and comfort of pets. As reputable and quality pet care professionals, groomers and salon owners should consider the safety and well-being of the pets entrusted to their care. 

The AKC Safety in the Salon course, which is the core of the AKC S.A.F.E. Grooming Program (Safety, Assurance, Fundamentals, Education), covers best practices focusing on pet care, health and safety, and provides vital information on safety measures and protocols within the grooming facility. Topics include accident avoidance, pet and zoonotic disease awareness, sanitation and how to handle special cases.

All who take the course will receive a free, one-year online listing on AKC GroomerFinder and those who pass the course exam are eligible to become AKC S.A.F.E. Groomers or Salons, which entitles them to valuable marketing support from the AKC, including priority ranking and AKC S.A.F.E. badge recognition on AKC GroomerFinder.