Animal Behavior College Offers Special Enrollment Pricing for Residents of Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and Puerto Rico Hit Hard by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

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The special enrollment pricing helps residents of these states and the U.S. commonwealth get their careers back on track or start new ones

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We're offering special enrollment pricing to lessen the financial burden for those who are interested in pursuing an animal-services career.

The hurricanes and floods that devastated parts of Texas, Louisiana, Florida and the entire island of Puerto Rico left many residents homeless and without basic resources. As they struggle to rebuild their lives, many reflect on what is important and what gives their lives meaning. For some, the realization is clear: Don’t put off dreams of today because one doesn’t know what tomorrow will bring. Animal Behavior College (ABC) would like to support those who’ve always dreamed of a career working with animals and are now committed to pursuing that career path. In an effort to help, ABC today announced it is offering special enrollment pricing for residents of these states and U.S. commonwealth.

“My heart goes out to people in these ravaged areas,” said Steven Appelbaum, president and CEO of Animal Behavior College. “Having experienced hurricanes first-hand, I know how devastating they are and how important it is to get your life back on track.

“For some people, there is an urgent need to get their careers back on schedule or start a new one. It is here that ABC is happy to help. We’re offering special enrollment prices to lessen the financial burden for those who are interested in pursuing a career in the fast-growing animal services industry.”

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment of animal care and service workers in the U.S. will grow 23 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. With 60.2 million U.S. households owning dogs (which equates to 89.7 million dogs owned), and 47.1 million owning cats (which equates to 94.2 million cats owned) according to the American Pet Product Association (APPA) National Pet Owners Survey, the jobs forecast appears promising for dog trainers, cat trainers, pet groomers and veterinary assistants. In fact, the APPA estimates that pet owners will spend an estimated $6.1 billion on services for their pets including grooming and training and an estimated $16.62 billion on veterinary care.

ABC offers four distance-learning, online courses enrollees can take in the convenience of their homes:

Dog Trainer Program. This program teaches positive-reinforcement training techniques and covers an array of relevant topics, including learning theories, basic dog obedience cues, effective problem-solving, group class training and business building. Students also obtain hands-on experience working with a professional mentor and are required to volunteer for at least 10 hours at a humane society, rescue or shelter in their communities through the school’s Student Saving Lives program. Graduates are certified Animal Behavior College Dog Trainers (ABCDTs).

Cat Training Program. This program teaches cat lovers, professional dog trainers, pet groomers, veterinarians and veterinary office employees everything they need to know about cats and how to train them. The program teaches learning theories, training tools, preventing unwanted behaviors, safety techniques and practices, behavior management, feline care and nutrition and business building. The program also includes a shelter practicum. Graduates are certified Animal Behavior College Cat Trainers (ABCCTs).

Pet Grooming Program. This program covers basic grooming techniques and methods, as well as health and safety, dog and cat grooming basics, clipper use, scissor control techniques, body styles and breed specific cuts. Students also learn ergonomics and ways in which to perform tasks without causing any strain or damage to their joints and muscles. The program includes a hands-on Externship where students work with a mentor in a grooming establishment to gain practical experience. Graduates are certified Animal Behavior College Pet Groomers (ABCPGs).

Veterinary Assistant Program. This National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) approved program teaches the many diverse techniques and methods used in handling and working with animals in a veterinary clinic or hospital. The curriculum includes office, hospital and examination room procedures, surgical preparation and assistance procedures as well as radiology and ultrasound imaging to name a few. Students also learn the fundamentals of career building, resume writing, financial planning and effective interviewing skills. The Veterinary Assistant Program includes a hands-on portion where students participate in an Externship under the guidance of a mentor at a veterinary clinic or hospital to gain invaluable practical experience. Graduates are certified Animal Behavior College Veterinary Assistants (ABCVAs).

In addition, all program students learn and are certified in pet first aid and CPR.

ABC also offers specialized certificates of completion for five Short-Term Programs: Pet Massage, Pet Nutrition and Diet, Pet Sitting and Dog Walking, Training Shelter Dogs, and The Art of Selling and Teaching Private Lessons

To learn more about tuition pricing for residents of Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Puerto Rico, call 800-795-3294 or visit

About Animal Behavior College
Animal Behavior College is the largest specialty school of its kind. As of September 30, 2017, the college has certified and graduated more than 14,395 professional dog trainers through the Dog Obedience Program, 7,564 veterinary assistants through the Veterinary Assistant Program and 2,541 groomers from the Grooming Instruction Program.

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