Joy Waters, Author, Instructor at JKL Dog Grooming School

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Joy Waters, JKL Grooming Instructor

Joy Waters, JKL Pet Groomer Training AcademyMy 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. 

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 a few years ago.

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 in professional pet grooming, the animal sciences, animal nutrition and certified kennel operation, several of which are cum laude, my adult life has pretty much been devoted to pets and their care. 

  • honours trade school diploma in professional grooming since 1975
  • trade school grooming instructor since 1980
  • honours certificate in Pet Nutrition since 1981
  • lifetime member of the CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) since 1975
  • past Canadian CKO and Area Representative of the PCSA (Pet Care Services Association), formerly ABKA and a former member for over 20 years, since 1978 
  • member in good standing of the NDGA (National Dog Groomers Association) since 1996
  • published author of all course materials, grooming related instructional compact discs, grooming charts and posters, and articles for industry publications

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