Abandoned Pet Rescue is thrilled to tell you about a new effort with Arc Educates, a social enterprise of the innovative non-profit Arc Broward in launching an Animal Care Certificate Program. The 15-week program will train individuals with disabilities and those with other barriers to employment to provide care that promotes and maintains the well-being of animals. The ultimate goal for the program is to set participants up for success if they wish to pursue a career related to animals or in animal care.
Currently, two students are enrolled in the course with Arc instructor Averi Taylor who joins them at Abandoned Pet Rescue five days a week to get hands-on experience with cats and dogs at the shelter. The Course include animal care basics, animal first aid and safety, and animal behavior. APR animal care technician Barbara Carlson has been assisting the students in their training, which so far, has included cleaning cat rooms, clipping cat nails, animal enrichment and harnessing / walking small dogs. The students also have in-class studies on many in depth animal care topics.
The Animal Care Certificate Program has received interim accreditation approval from the Accrediting Council on Continuing Education and Training (ACCET) and is licensed by the Florida Department of Education Commission for Independent Education.
The idea to launch the program in Animal Care came to Arc Broward COO, Julie Price, after seeing a gap in educational opportunities in the field and ongoing interest from the individuals the organization serves.
“As an avid animal lover, I saw tremendous opportunity to build a program to educate individuals with disabilities and those with other barriers to employment in a growing industry,” Price said. “This program will give our students the tools and hands-on training to potentially gain employment at a pet groomer, veterinary clinic, doggy day care, animal shelter and other similar places.”
“We are excited for the opportunity to partner with Arc Broward to support this important educational initiative,” said APR shelter co-manager Kara Starzyk. “APR hopes that students enrolled in this hands-on training will develop technical skills for future job opportunities and gain a deeper understanding and compassion for pets in need.”
This is the inaugural Arc Educates Animal Care course, and it runs through December. Learn more about the program at https://www.arcbrowardlearning.com/animal-care-course-page.