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Saturday Workshops-Learn to groom your dog like a pro


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A Private Vocational School
1258 West Bay Drive
Suite E
Largo, FL 33770
(727) 517-9546
Fax: 727-517-1586
Salon: 727-596-CLIP (2547)
showgroomschool @ aol.com


Tuesday - Friday
11:00am - 5:00pm
On special event days hours may vary. Students may visit our video library from 9am to 11am Tuesday through Thursday.

Academy of Animal Arts, Inc.
School Personnel

Our Founder/Director

Ms. Teri L. Bialek Director, Founder

Teri Bialek, Director, Founder, Chief Instructor; originally from Long Island, N.Y., now resides in Seminole, Fl. with Rick, a Standard Poodle that she loved showing. Her love for the Dogs came from her parents, Blossom and Don Bialek who showed and bred Irish Setters in New York. The influence from her parents and genuine passion for dogs brought her to the dog show ring at ten years of age. Teri groomed, bred and showed, winning in American and International competition. As a salon owner since 1979 in Seminole Florida, Teri operated two full service salons, featuring boarding, all breed pet and show grooming, and retail supplies, in Largo, Florida. In 1999 she incorporated the Academy of Animal Arts Inc., where she is currently the Director. Some of Teri’s academic accomplishments include the AKC Institute in Plaino, Tx., National Canines Associations Judges Education NCA in Washington DC, and acting as a group leader for the Doberman Pinscher Club of Americas National Specialty’s Judges Education. Teri attended the Westminster Kennel Club Judges Educational Breed Workshops offered in conjunction with the Westminster show in NY. Teri continues to attend several different National Specialties each year to update her breed knowledge. She enjoys sharing her knowledge judging Sweepstakes or CKC Dog Shows. Teri is a member of several breed clubs, Florida Association of Post Secondary schools and the National Dog Groomers Association. Previously she was an evaluator for ACICS, the oldest accrediting agency in the US. Teri’s future aspiration is to become an AKC Judge when she retires. Teri oil paints and sews in her spare time. Teri likes to remind her students that the pet industry is a way of life, -a very special way.

Teri teaches the Professional Pet grooming program and the Master Groomer Dog grooming program.

  • Florida Commission for Independent education
  • Independent contractor / program evaluator at ACICS
  • National Dog Groomers Association
  • Doberman Pincher Club of America
  • Basenji Club of America
  • Approved to judge All Breed CKC
  • Approved to judge All Breed NCA




Rick Taylor; Admissions Director


Mr. Rick Taylor
Admissions Director

Rick Taylor - Originally from Fairfield, Connecticut and has been living in the Tampa Bay area since 1965. A graduate of H.B.Plant High School in Tampa, Rick earned an associates degree from St. Petersburg College, and went on to graduate from the University of South Florida with a degree in marketing. Residing in Seminole, Fl. with Teri and their standard poodle Lila, Rick is actively engaged in the day to day business operations and admission activities at the Academy. Rick has been an animal lover all his life and is also enjoying the daily interaction with the Academy's students, clients, and animals.



Dennis Bialek; Placement Director, student record keeping


Mr. Dennis Bialek
Placement Director, student record keeping

Dennis Bialek; Originally from Long Island NY now residing in Seminole. Dennis, Teri's brother and dog lover, worked with underprivileged and special needs children early on. He achieved his associates degree from the F.I.T. in NY. Since the 70's Dennis has owned and operated his own business. Dennis maintains the student records and assists the students with job placement. He enjoys working with the students and always has a smile.




Instructional Staff

In addition to Ms. Bialek's expert Instruction, our staff of professionals has the experience needed to help you meet your goals.



Nichole L. Zellner, DVM; Veterinary lecturer


Nichole L. Zellner, DVM
veterinary lecturer

Nichole L. Zellner, DVM attended Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) and graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She focused her studies on Companion Animal Medicine, specifically Avian and Exotic Medicine and Surgery. When Dr. Z found the Avian and Animal Hospital, she knew that there was nowhere else she would rather work. She enjoys establishing close relationships with her clients and their pets.

Outside of work, Dr. Zellner enjoys reading and spending time with her family, which includes 5 birds, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and one husband. She has an amazing way with the students, her presentation was so interesting and all students were engaged and learning so much. She is very passionate about sharing her knowledge. The students love Dr Zellner.



Our Founder/Director/Chief Instructor

Ms. Teri L. Bialek
Chief Instructor

Teri Bialek, Director, Founder, Chief Instructor; Teri has been teaching pet and show grooming for over twenty years full time, her experience in grooming and dogs spans four decades. She enjoys the creative opportunity to dazzle the students with some really fancy finish grooming. She enjoys working with the students and is happy to share her many years of grooming, showing, breeding dogs, judging and salon ownership.



Caitlin Laudermilk, Prep Instructor

Caitlin Laudermilk
Prep Instructor

Caitlin Laudermilk: Originally from Gainesville Fl. and graduated Santa Fe high school where she had a great opportunity to study veterinary technology and agriculture. Caitlin also had training at the college of Central Florida for Equine business management. Having been an animal lover and owner of dogs she decided she would pursue a career working with dogs. Caitlin graduated at the top of her class from the Complete sixteen week pet grooming program and then on to the Advanced grooming program again very high scoring. Caitlin teaches all the prep classes. When she is not at the school, she is at her other job grooming away and loving it as well. We are proud to have Caitlin working with us. She assists the students through their journey in school. We are fortunate to have Caitlin.



Cynthia Magana, Instructors Assistant

Cynthia Magana
Instructors Assistant

Cynthia Magana: Originally from Virginia, raised in Puerto Rico now resides with family in Tampa. Cynthia is our first and youngest ever to graduate the CSWPGP diploma at the Academy. She has entered the grooming industry at a very young age and just kept going. She is currently employed at the school as an assistant, she has a passion for helping people and the dogs. She will make a fine instructor some day. She is also learning the sport of dog show handling and show grooming. Cynthia is bilingual and assists our Spanish speaking students through the program as well. We are very proud of Cynthia and her accomplishments and are lucky to have her on our team.



Marylou Elliot, VT

Marylou Elliot, VT; Lecturer

Marylou Elliot: Resides in Clearwater Fl. and is owned by her lively Scottie and a finicky cat. She graduated from SPJC Veterinary Technology in 1981. She worked at several Veterinary clinics as an adjunct profess for Vet Tech program at the SPC. In 1987, she joined Petco in Washington State and became the regional manager. In 1993 Marylou became the nutrition trainer for sales personnel for the Nutro company, eventually becoming the Midwest regional manager. Marylou has been involved in animal rescue and adoption groups throughout her entire career. She enjoys sharing her years of knowledge with the students.

The programs Maylou presents are, but not limited to:
Canine Form and Function, From Conception to the Ring, Vet Tech for Groomers One and Two, Canine Anatomy One and Two, First Aid and CPR, and all the AKC Breed Study Groups.




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