Wilton, CT (PRWEB) November 09, 2012
Outstanding Pet Care University (OPCU), an online provider of pet care education and training, today announced its certification program for pet lodging facilities and pet care professionals. The program was unveiled on November 6 at the Pet Boarding and Daycare Expo in Baltimore, Maryland.
Outstanding Pet Care University purchased the educational assets of the Pet Care Services Association (PCSA), previously the American Boarding Kennel Association (ABKA), and has updated, revised and expanded the program to provide world-class education, training, and support to the growing pet lodging and pet care industry.
There are over 24,000 pet care facilities in the United States and the pet care industry continues to grow—despite a tough economy. According to an independent survey conducted by CalPro Research, a majority of pet owners would feel more confident leaving their four-legged best friends in the care of pet lodging facilities whose owners and staff had completed a comprehensive pet care training certification program.
“We believe that pets are best cared for in top-quality pet lodging facilities that provide the expertise, qualified staff, services, resources and systems to ensure their comfort and safety,” explained Joanne Morris, Executive Director of OPCU and Vice President of the internationally recognized Morris Animal Inn in New Jersey. “Leaving a loved pet in the home of a stranger or in the care of someone without proper pet care training hardly gives pet owners the peace of mind they deserve when traveling or working.”
OPCU certification will help pet owners identify professionals who are qualified to care for their dogs and cats. A national online directory will connect pet owners to lodging facilities and animal caregivers in their own areas.
According to Morris, OPCU will combine the best cumulative knowledge of the former PCSA programs with the invaluable expertise of leading industry experts, veterinarians and authors to provide the most accessible, comprehensive and critical training and education available to pet care facilities and providers.
OPCU is launching its curriculum with a Level One certification that is designed for all pet care technicians. Advanced levels will become available in January of 2013. Courses will include canine and feline behavior, security of pets, immunizations, zoonotic diseases, nutrition and more.
“Caring for pets is a privilege but one that comes with great responsibility,” said Morris. “We want to help pet lodging facilities and pet care professionals provide the best care possible for our furry best friends and peace of mind for their owners.”