History and Objective:
The Academy of Animal Arts, Inc. was established in January,
1999, by Teri L. Bialek, to fill an important need in the
grooming industry, by providing proper training for those
individuals who intend to pursue a pet grooming career. The
training we provide is based on thirty plus years of successful
internal training of staff groomers in our salons, many of whom
have opened their own salons and enjoy a rewarding and exciting career.
Ownership and Governing Body:
The Academy of Animal Arts, Inc. is exclusively owned and governed
by Ms. Teri L. Bialek, who also acts as director, President, Secretary
and Treasurer. The school was incorporated under the laws of the State
of Florida in January, 1999, and is located at 1258 West Bay Drive
suite E Largo, FL 33770
Description of Facility:
The School is conveniently located on the west coast of Florida
in Pinellas County, approximately twenty miles west of Tampa, in
the City of Largo. The school is spacious, clean and fully air-conditioned.
The facility consists of approximately 2,500 square feet, including a lobby
and retail area, which supports receiving. For visual aid and enhanced
learning the school has 5 big screen wifi televisions. There are five
spacious rooms, including twenty-four electric grooming and blow drying
stations, a separate bathing area consisting of seven bath tubs, two stone
dogs, and a separate kennel. In the rear of the building there is a
complete kitchen and a classroom. The school has lockers for the students
to stow equipment and personal belongings. The south side of the building
has administrative offices. The school has a convenient and spacious
parking area adjacent to the building.
The Academy of Animal Arts, Inc. does not discriminate against any person
on the basis of race, color, creed, sex or religion. The school may not be
appropriate for some persons who are handicapped, physically or otherwise,
due to the physical demands of this type of work, however provisions will
be made where possible.
Student Records and Transcripts:
The School shall maintain the student records in permanent safe keeping,
and the records are available to the student upon written request.
Class Starting and Ending Dates:
Classes are open-ended. Depending upon availability, students
may begin on a designated Tuesday.
The School maintains a list of names, addresses, phone numbers
and e-mail addresses of Grooming Salons, Veterinary Hospitals,
Pet Shops, Kennels and Dog-Show Handlers seeking professional
groomers that have completed our programs. We also offer placement
at the school to our graduates.
The School does not offer housing at this time. We have always
been successful in finding housing for our students, call the
Director for information and assistance.
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday through Friday...11:00AM to 5:00PM
Students may also visit our video library from 9am to 11am,
Tuesday through Thursday.
New Years Day, Good Friday, Spring Break, Independence Day,
Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, First Day of Hanukkah, Christmas
Day, Other Closing dates and In-Service days are at the discretion
of the Director. Dog Show Calendar is available upon request.
Foreign Students Welcome : Multi Lingual Instructors.