Testimonials of our students
I had the opportunity to make some major life changes in October 2014 and, having worked in an office all my life with my horses, cats and chickens as my hobby, took this chance to train to become a cat groomer. I had the vision of being a mobile cat groomer within a 50 mile radius of my home area near Fleet in Hampshire, aiming to negate the need for cats being sedated for grooming and clipping procedures in the comfort of their own home. (more…)
I discovered it was not going to be easy.
Firstly there are almost no training facilities for cat grooming available. I initially undertook the Pet Industry Federation’s Certificate of Competence in Cat Grooming. This was great, however, I still felt I needed further ‘hands on’ experience before grooming other people’s beloved fur babies with confidence. I eventually found Svetlana via the internet – hooray! Despite it being an horrific daily journey I enrolled on the Advanced Course (as I had already undertaken the PIF I was able to start at this level).
Boy was I on a steep learning curve! Within the first week, I showed my lack of experience by getting bitten, badly, however, from that I learnt how to control the cat better in future. It was hard work and there were tears as well as laughter along the way, but I learnt so, so much from Svetlana, and her right-hand girl, Edita, from how to groom holistically reading the cat’s behaviour and knowing when to stop or be firm. Svetlana is a brilliant, unique, tutor who is passionate about cats and cat care, she explains each procedure fully, and why you have to do things in that way.
I went on to take my Master Cat Groomer Certificate. I never dared to dream I would achieve this at the beginning. I finished the course by grooming the cat which had bitten me so badly at the start, with ease!
I cannot thank Svetlana enough for pushing me to achieve more, pushing me out of my comfort zone to work with the more challenging cases which arise. It was the best investment I could have made.
I have now started my own business and am finding such a variety of different cats to groom and clip. I would not have been able to deal with these before, and having matt/knot/tangle free happy cats equals happy owners who are now becoming regulars.
I love my job – thank you Svetlana!
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I signed up on a four week cat grooming course with Pet Universe after originally going on a week-end course elsewhere and quickly realising that I had hardly scratched the surface on the information and hands on experience needed to become a professional cat groomer.
Svetlana has been the best teacher I could ever have asked for. She leaves no stone unturned in giving her students a wealth of information not only on the grooming side but also on the cats health, cat behavioral advice and aspects on running a successful business. Svetlana’s friendly and direct approach put me at ease from day one and I was welcomed as part of the team straight away. (more…)
This course also gives you the unique chance to see how a professional grooming parlour is run which I personally found to be invaluable and which I am certain will help me in how I approach my own business and the clients and situations I will have to deal with daily.
The course covers all aspects of grooming, including clipping, bathing, handling techniques as well as knowing how to read a cat’s posture and vocal ‘chattering’ so that you can work in harmony as much as possible through-out the grooming process. You get to practice daily on 2-3 cats all of whom have different personalities, different coats, different requirements.
No day is the same and the experience I gained was worth every penny.
I would say to anyone considering a one to one course with Pet Universe and thinking it may be too expensive – Invest in your business and learn from Svetlana, a master cat groomer, in an environment that lends itself to what you will be doing in the future. I Couldn’t have asked for a better teacher, a genuine cat lover, and one that really cares about her students and gives her all to make sure the students learn everything they need to go off and be as successful as her.
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I came across Svetlana and Pet Universe Grooming School after a disappointing training week at another establishment. Before returning to Dubai I was determined to ‘give it one more go’ and try another school. Noticing that Svetlana had trained initially as a vet in Russia encouraged me to trust her and apply to do my intermediate Cat Grooming Course. I’ve never regretted that moment – it was the best decision I made.
If you decide to take Svetlana’s cat grooming courses – and I strongly recommend you do – you are guaranteed two things. Firstly, you will see that all cats are lovingly looked after. She clearly loves and respects every cat that comes through the door. They are her priority. It’s truly amazing to see.
All animals are handled with the care they deserve. If my cat was in London I would be sending them to her! The other guarantee, as a student at the school, is the excellent standard of teaching. Svetlana has extremely high standards and every element of cat grooming, from hygiene of equipment to brushing techniques which emphasize the comfort of the cat, are given equal focus. She is also infectiously enthusiastic!
If anyone is looking for quality training with a focus on perfection then look no further than Pet Universe. I can’t recommend them enough. I’m just so glad I found Svetlana. She really is the ‘Top Cat’ of grooming schools!
Svetlana, thank you so very much for treating the cats so lovingly and thank you for the energy and enthusiasm you use in all of your class sessions. It really was appreciated!
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Svetlana leaves testimonial to one of her customer!
Svetlana, I just wanted to thank you for an amazing day yesterday at the cat owner grooming course. Spike and Percy look fab and I now know how to keep on top of the important things at home. As you know Percy was very stressed as he is a rescue cat so thank you for being so patient with him, his haircut looks perfect!
I would never let someone else now groom my cats and you have given me some invaluable advice on taking care of them and the best products to use. I love the shampoo as Spike still smells gorgeous today so will buy some from you next time I am in. xxx
Thank you for the lesson today, it was fantastic! You’re an excellent teacher and you’ve got some magic with cats! Thanks Chantell for the lovely tea and cake 🙂
I feel words may fail to truly explain my gratitude for the life changing experience I had when I recently attended the “Bathing, blow drying and styling cats” cat grooming workshop at Pet Universe hosted by Svetlana.
Thank you for the opportunity to do the course as it fulfilled all my expectations.
Svetlana after a fascinating taster day in your salon with you I now feel I want to know all I can about grooming cats. You were patient with my inexperience and in one short day I learned so much. I had the chance to groom 3 cats myself and clip their claws. I also observed you carrying out bathing of 2 cats as well. I was amazed to see that cats can actually enjoy being bathed! I now intend to do the full master course.
Many thanks for a wonderful day.