Stephanie Zag stumbled upon the grooming industry when she was working as a certified veterinary technician in 2002. Her office needed a groomer and she stepped up to fill the role – then was completely sold.
With a desire to take care of animals, and an added love of art, Stephanie found that grooming was the direction she was meant to go.
“I love it,” she said. “The groomers I know, who are artists, do a fabulous job [in this career]. There are so many different avenues you can take. It’s a constant learning process and I love it because [the industry] is so versatile.”
Throughout Stephanie’s grooming education, she found that it was difficult finding access to a grooming school in her area. Paragon’s Learn2GroomDogs.com instructional videos were Stephanie’s aid during much of her learning process.
“Finding a good school in the area is challenging,” she said. “Learn2GroomDogs.com is so helpful. I watched my grooming improve, even going back to learning the basics.”
For a short period of time, Stephanie left grooming to pursue other interests, but said she didn’t stay away for long, “I missed it so much, I just had to come back to grooming. There is just so much in it, you can do anything.”
Stephanie wants to encourage those who love animals to look into grooming as a career, and has this advice to give:
“Do your research, you aren’t going to get bored,” she said. “Grooming is essential. This is something people more and more, want good quality. It’s no longer just shave-down a matted dog, its taking care of them and getting a spa treatment.
“There are all kinds of ways to get your education, there are all kinds of learning experiences to go through. Have fun. Reach out to some of the trade shows, seminars and keep learning.”