General Information

History and Objective:

The Academy of Animal Arts & Sciences, LLC 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 & Sciences, LLC 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.

Policy Statement:

The Academy of Animal Arts & Sciences, LLC 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.

Student Services:

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.

School Holidays:

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.

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