A leader in pet groomer training for over 40 years!

Meet Joy Waters

Author and Instructor at JKL

About Joy

the creator of JKL's Dog Grooming Courses


My name is Joy Waters, and I'm the owner/instructor of JKL Training Academy.

During the mid 1970's, I developed the JKL professional groomer training courses to provide more flexible and affordable groomer education, through distance learning.

In 1980, JKL Training Academy became a private career training institute of professional dog grooming. 

As student enrollment grew, (in part due to the internet), I opted to retire from active grooming. This "retirement" is pretty busy at times, but it has enabled me to meet my own personal commitment to be one hundred per cent available to my students and grads. 

My Credentials:

As the recipient of diplomas from various sectors of the pet industry, several of which are cum laude, my adult life has pretty much been devoted to pets and their care. 

  1. Professional Pet Grooming Diploma
  2. Animal Sciences Diploma
  3. Animal Nutrition Diploma
  4. Certified Kennel Operator Diploma

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For fifteen years I owned and operated Vancouver Island's largest pet care centre, Joyland Kennels Ltd., where approximately five thousand dogs and cats visited yearly for the services provided.

These services included pet boarding, grooming, training, breeding, retail pet shop and wholesale pet food and supplies. During that time I developed and instructed comprehensive programs in professional dog and cat grooming.

In 1987, I retired from the kennel portion of my business and made the permanent move to Queen Charlotte in Northern British Columbia, where I continued to offer professional grooming services, in conjunction with the dog grooming academy until  my move to the internet required my full attention.

I continue to teach and train, and still love every minute of it!.