Course Catalog


Facility & Faculty

West Coast Grooming Academy is located within a 1,200 square foot grooming salon called The Pawlor that is owned and operated by West Coast Grooming Academy. The Pawlor is a state of the art salon, with every detail designed with making work easier and more efficient for the groomer. The Bathing and Drying Room boasts custom designed walls and flooring that enables the entire room to be safely cleaned and sanitized daily, with the drying system built into the ceiling to reduce noise for the pet’s comfort. The Kennel Room features state of the art kennels with built-in plumbing to enable fast and thorough cleaning and sanitizing of each kennel in-between pets, and top of the line kennel dryers to keep business operations moving smoothly. The Salon classroom is large, equipped with 4 large hydraulic grooming tables and 4 foot-pump grooming tables to accommodate even the busiest grooming day with ease. Dry erase boards and educational charts adorn the walls to facilitate academic learning. The Pawlor promotes a spa-like atmosphere with a registration lobby featuring calming pet-friendly aromatherapy diffusers, soft instrumental music, a soothing water fountain and unique boutique retail items available for purchase.


 Shor-Line Elite Grooming Tables

 Shor-Line Big Top Grooming Tables

 Fiberglass Modular Cage Banks

 Master Blaster High Velocity Dryers

 Bark 2 Basics Bathing Products

 Isle of Dogs Bathing Products

 Personal Protective Equipment (smocks, gloves, etc)

 Animal Restraints (muzzles, leads, loops, etc)

 Forever Stainless Steel Step-In Bathing Tubs with Bathing Pump Recess and Hair Catching System


If the student does not have or chooses not to purchase a Tool Kit, Student Tool Kits are available for use. Each student tool kit includes:

 Andis AGC Clippers, Combs and Blades

 SureGrip Brushes

 Show Gear Shears

 Millers Forge Nail Clippers


Required course materials include:

 West Coast Grooming Academy Student Textbook OR Online Course

 • “Notes From the Grooming Table” by Melissa Verplank

 • “The New Complete Dog Book” by the American Kennel Club


West Coast Grooming Academy has a lending library of books and DVDs available for student rentals on a wide variety of topics including animal training and behavior, breeds, health and wellness, nutrition, species history, common skin and medical conditions, grooming techniques and how-to guides, and more.

Books and DVDs, up to two at a time, may be checked out for seven (7) days. Rental periods may be renewed weekly, for up to one month. In order to check out books or DVDs, the student must provide a copy of their ID and credit card. In the event the item(s) are lost, damaged or stolen, the student will be charged the cost to repair or replace the item(s). Once the items are returned, repaired or replaced, the student’s credit card is securely destroyed. There is no fee for renting items.

Computers and Internet access is also available for student use. Students may use a facility computer for 20-minute intervals, based on availability, and only to access information on the web using scholarly websites, industry-related websites, or videos online related to the topic they are researching. Facility computers are not for personal use.

 Library Services

In addition to book and DVD rentals, WCGA also offers these additional services:

  •  Career Counseling
  •  Business Counseling
  •  Instructor Office Hours for Tutoring
  •  Book Rental
  •  DVD Rental
  •  Computers/Internet



Academy President, Founder & CEO

Christopher Jackson has been involved in dog grooming since he started as a bather at the age of 12. It started as a hobby that made him some extra money, but he found that he loved it so much that he decided to make it a career; one that he still enjoys today. Aside from grooming, Chris has worked with both as a trainer and as a vet assistant. By the time he was 18, he became a Salon Manager for various Petco stores before moving on to Petsmart. There, he worked as an Instructor training and certifying people in the art of dog grooming for nearly a decade. During his time with Petsmart, he eventually earned the recognition as one of the top 3 Academy Instructors and Salon managers for the entire company. His photo is now on display in every Petsmart store in the country. Throughout his career, Chris has managed over 15 salons all over California for companies both large and small. He has also owned a mobile grooming business as well as his own salon in Hollywood, California. He regularly shows Standard Poodles and Springer Spaniels in grooming competitions and has won many awards, including Top 20 in the World at Super Zoo in Las Vegas, Nevada, which showcases only the best dog groomers in the world.


Academy Vice President & Chief Academic Officer

Jessica is WCGA's Co-Owner and resident cat specialist, currently working as a Feline and Canine behaviorist, Certified Feline Master Groomer (CFMG) and Lead Instructor at WCGA. She started training dogs professionally in 2005 at Petco before forming her own training business in 2006, Dog Sense, LLC. Jessica attended Cal Poly Pomona's College of Agriculture where she worked with livestock and domestic animals until she graduated in 2012 with her Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science- Pre-Veterinary. In 2015, Jessica started moving into feline behavior, and obtained her Advanced Certified Feline Training & Behavior Specialist (ACFTBS) certification through Animal Behavior Institute in 2017. In August of 2016, Jessica received her certification as a Certified Feline Master Groomer (CFMG) from the National Cat Groomers Institute of America and is one of only 280 CFMGs in the world. She is also the only trained Certifier for the NCGIA in all of Los Angeles county. In May of 2018, Jessica also received her certification as a Pet First Aid & CPR Instructor through PetTech. As a CFMG and ACFTBS,  Jessica is trained to the highest of standards in feline health, behavior, breeds, colors and handling to ensure the best life possible for the cats (and owners) that she works with. In addition to her animal behavior and grooming work, Jessica is very active in animal rescue, having fostered orphaned kittens, puppies and dogs for various shelters and rescues, and volunteering with organizations such as Wings of Rescue, Fix Nation, the Marine Mammal Care Center, the National Disaster Search and Rescue Dog Foundation, the Pasadena Humane Society, Downey Animal Care & Control, West Side German Shepherd Rescue, Upland Animal Shelter, Sante D'or Foundation, and Found Animals Foundation. 

Jessica has appeared on numerous tv shows such as "My Cat From Hell" with Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin of Hauspanther, "Shelter Me: New Beginnings" on PBS, and "The All American Dog Rescue Celebration" Thanksgiving Day Special on Fox 11. 


     West Coast Grooming Academy is a private vocational school approved by the Bureau for Private Post-secondary Education under the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 and Title 5. California Code of Regulations Division 7.5. Private Postsecondary Education. The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education approval means that this institution and its operation comply with the standards established under the law for occupational instruction by private post-secondary educational institutions. Institutional approval is subject to continual review and the institution must reapply for approval every three years.

      The Bureau for  Private Postsecondary Education  can be  reached by calling 

(888) 370-7589 toll-free or on the bureau's internet web site