Grooming Business Course

Dear Prospective Student,

Thank you for enquiring about the Pet Grooming Business Course.

The aim of this course is to equip students with the knowledge to start and manage a pet grooming parlour

based on sound ethological and ethical principles.

Although not a prerequisite, we do advise and encourage students to consider enrolling for our Basic Behaviour Course: Dogs either before or while doing the Pet Grooming course.

Students who have successfully completed this course can apply for accreditation with South African Board for Companion Animal Professionals.

Ms Sharon Jordan and Drs Frederique Hurly and Hannes Slabbert present the Grooming Course jointly.  Sharon is a very experienced groomer who owns a mobile grooming parlour in Benoni. She is responsible for the workshop and practical part of the course while Drs Hurly and Slabbert are responsible for presentations of the Webinars as well as the business side.

The course is divided into four modules:
  1. Animals in the Grooming Parlour: all animal aspects as experienced in the grooming parlour including hair types, cleaning of special areas, dipping, skin and coat disorders
  2. Practical handling of animals: observation and practical grooming
  3. The Pet Grooming Business
  4. Professionalism and business communication

The course is essentially done through correspondence. Three Webinars are presented during May 2019, and students have to attend these. They will be held in the evening, so that students that work full time can attend.  Students must also attend a 2 day workshop in Gauteng.
The proposed dates for the workshop are:
  • Group 1: 11 and 12 June 2019
  • Group 2: 13 and 14 June 2019
If less than 10 students enrol for the course then only one workshop will be held on the 13 and 14th June 2019. The final amount of students will be known by the middle of March 2019.

Students need to submit eight assignments through the year and complete 40 hours of practical work at a parlour of their choice.

The final two-hour theoretical examination takes place on the 2nd November 2019 at a venue close to the student.

The course is presented from February to November each year.  Registration for this course takes place from 2 January to 28 February 2019. Students may enrol earlier (in 2018) but the study material will only be posted as from the 2nd January 2019 and once proof of payment has been received. The course fee for the Grooming Course for 2019 is R 9 200. The fee includes the study material, a grooming text book, assignments, attendance of the webinars and workshop and the evaluation fee.  Travel to and accommodation at the workshop is not included in the course fee.

Due to the practical nature of the course, students will be required to sign an indemnity form.

As Ethology Academy is committed to provide each student with individual attention the number of students for this course is limited to 20 per year.

How to enrol for this course:
Go to the website
  • Click on ‘Enrol"
  • Read the ‘Terms of Agreement
  • Complete and submit the enrolment form and financial agreement form if only the registration fee is paid when enrolling.
  • Pay the appropriate fee
  • Provide Dr Frederique Hurly This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with confirmation of payment

If you have any further questions, please contact me by email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Best regards
Dr Frederique Hurly
(Veterinary behaviour)
Course administrator, Ethology Academy.


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