Pet Groomer Kaiwhakapaipai Mōkai

Pet groomers clean, trim and shape the hair and nails of animals in salons, mobile grooming vans and pet shops.

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Pet groomers may do some or all of the following:

  • consult with pet owners about their requirements
  • de-knot and brush animal hair
  • bathe, shampoo and dry animals
  • trim, shave, shape and dye fur 
  • trim and paint animals' nails
  • empty dogs’ anal glands
  • clean, inspect and maintain the salon and cages
  • sell animal care products
  • make records and carry out office work.

Pet groomers who run their own businesses may also do tasks such as marketing, managing staff and keeping accounts.

Physical Requirements

Pet groomers need to have a good level of fitness and strength, as they may need to lift heavy animals. They should not have any breathing problems or allergies to animals.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for pet groomers includes:

  • paid or volunteer work with animals
  • cleaning experience
  • customer service experience
  • hairdressing or nail salon experience.

Personal Qualities

Pet groomers need to be:

  • practical
  • caring towards animals
  • able to pay attention to detail
  • responsible and able to follow instructions
  • good communicators as they may have to deal with demanding pet owners
  • patient and calm.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for pet groomers includes:

  • paid or volunteer work with animals
  • cleaning experience
  • customer service experience
  • hairdressing or nail salon experience.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a pet groomer. However, biology is useful.

Pet Groomers can earn around $19-$27 per hour per year.

Pet groomers may progress to set up their own grooming businesses, or move into management roles.

With further training they may become animal care attendants, veterinary nurses or veterinary technicians.

Pet Groomer

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