Pet Grooming Diploma Program

groomingThe Thompson School has a program leading to a Diploma in Pet Grooming.  This day program is open to part-time students who want to concentrate in pet grooming but who are not matriculated in a degree program at the Thompson School or the University of New Hampshire.

UNH’s Thompson School is well-known for its strong career-oriented programs which provide a combination of theoretical classroom and practical in-the-field education.  This Diploma Program draws upon these Thompson School strengths to prepare individuals for career entry-level employment in grooming, kennel and grooming business management.  Students in this program will find their talents challenged and developed by a faculty concerned with student learning.  students will be able to apply the skills and knowledge they learn to a variety of settings.  If a student is accepted for admission to the Thompson School Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Applied Animal Science, credits earned in the Diploma Program are transferable.

Our program has several advantages over traditional grooming schools:

  • Students may pay by the course, and wait for the second class to officially apply for the program.  (Grooming school tuition is traditionally paid up front)
  • We provide all the necessary equipment with which to start the program, excluding text books.  (Most schools ask students to provide their own equipment) (Grooming Levels 2 and 3 require the purchase of shears)
  • Students receive transferable college credits.  (Grooming school classes do not qualify as college courses)
  • Since many of our graduates go on to own their own businesses, our program requires students to enroll in two business courses.  (Few grooming schools provide practical business education)

grooming  -2Course Requirements

The Diploma Program consists of 20 credit hours of courses taken in the Thompson School’s Applied Animal Science curriculum.

Required Courses (20 credits):

AAS 422  Small Animal Grooming I (2 credits)
AAS 430  Small Animal Breeds and Behavior (4 credits)
AAS 433  Small Animal Grooming II (2 credits)
AAS 449  Clinical Animal Nursing I (3 credits)
AAS 563  Small Animal Grooming III (1 credit)
ABM 404A  Introduction to Business I, Half Term I (2 credits)
ABM 404B  Introduction to Business II, Half Term II (2 credits)
ABM 532  Small Business Law (4 credits)

Application Information

A diploma in Pet Animal Grooming will be awarded by The Thompson School of Applied Science upon successful completion of the required courses with an overall grade average of C (2.00) or better.  Students must receive a C or better to continue on to AAS 422 Small Animal Grooming I and AAS 433 Small Animal Grooming II.  A permanent academic record of courses completed at UNH will be maintained at the Registrar’s Office.

Application is made through the Thompson School of Applied Science.  Transfer of credits from other institutions should be discussed with the Pet Grooming diploma Program Advisor.  Each student, once accepted into the program, will have a faculty advisor.  Faculty advising includes program planning, career counseling, and information on transfer into the Thompson School’s Applied Animal Science Associate degree program. 

Diploma students will register and pay for courses through UNH’s Continuing Education.

Application Procedures

  • Currently enrolled UNH students should complete and return the application form before taking a third course in the program (at the latest).  Students may be enrolled concurrently in these courses while they are submitting their application for acceptance into the Diploma Program.
  • Non-UNH applicants need to complete and return application form with a $25 non-refundable application fee.  Checks should be made payable to UNH. The application fee is waived for currently enrolled UNH students.
  • Non-UNH Applicants must also request that their official transcripts from high school, GED equivalency, and any college programs be sent to Thompson School of Applied Science, Attention Diploma Programs, 34 Sage Way, Durham, NH  03824.
  • We recommend you set up an appointment for academic advising with our Pet Grooming advisor faculty.  Please call (603) 862-1025 to schedule an appointment.
  • An interview with Thompson Scool's Executive Director is strongly suggested.  Please contact Regina Smick-Attisano at (603) 862-1025 to set up an interview.

>> UNH Student Diploma Program Application

>> Non-UNH Diploma Program Application

Transfer credits

Because of the few courses required for the diploma, normally only one course (up to 4 credit hours) will be accepted in transfer from other colleges.  This course must be similar in content to a required diploma course, must be at least a 2-credit course, and must have been completed with a C (2.00) or better grade.  Students believing they have courses that might be transferable should discuss this with their assigned faculty advisor.

If you have further questions please contact Allison Powers at the Thompson School.  (603) 862-1911

If you would like to "test drive" this program by taking a course, you may enroll through UNH's Continuing Education.  For information on when courses are offered, please see the UNH Time and Room Schedule.