PCTA responds to e-petition on licensing for groomers

30 January 2013

The Pet Care Trade Association has issued the following statement regarding the e-petition calling for groomers to be licensed.

‘We offer our condolences to Toni Rixson, Dusty’s owner,’ said Nigel Baker, Chief Executive of the Pet Care Trade Association. ‘This is a very sad case. The grooming salon in question was not a member of the Pet Care Trade Association which requires the very best standards of animal care from its members.

‘The Pet Care Trade Association (PCTA) believes in improving groomers’ knowledge and skills through qualifications and continuous professional development (CPD). Our members have a voracious appetite for training. We run City & Guilds qualifications through our network of 18 satellite training centres situated throughout the UK. ‘The licensing issue raises the question: would licensing a groomer make a significant difference unless that groomer was properly trained?

At the PCTA we believe proper training and CPD is more beneficial than a licence. Signing up to our code of conduct and enrolling on City & Guilds qualifications is a groomer’s best route to providing reassurance to their customers. Members of the PCTA are listed on our website and display their membership window sticker at their premises. ‘Pet shops selling animals need a licence – the City & Guilds pet store management qualification is a prerequisite of this to ensure that the individuals have professional knowledge. Animal boarding establishments also need a licence to operate. But there are some areas of animal care that don’t need a licence: dog walkers, pet sitters – groomers are not alone.

‘This is a very complicated area to legislate. The PCTA therefore believes that professional training is the better route in the short term to guaranteeing the safety of animals left in the care of a pet professional.’

 

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