Revamp for College’s Popular Dog Grooming Parlour
Dog Grooming Parlour

Revamp for College’s Popular Dog Grooming Parlour

10 May

Northumberland College’s Dog Grooming parlour, based at its Kirkley Hall Campus has undergone an extensive makeover this term.

The seventeenth century rural campus located in Ponteland near Newcastle upon Tyne, has a long established history as the main provider of land-based education and training in the region, stretching back more than 50 years.

The latest salon revamp includes new interiors, a new designated washing area, brand-new non-slip floors throughout and extended floor space within the salon.

Head of Kirkley Hall Campus, Jen Bell said: "The dog grooming staff and students take pride in having many satisfied clients and are thrilled with the salons' new look.

"It's great to see the salon thriving and the team utilising the new space. Our veterinary nursing team have also joined the dog grooming team in the same building, which is a great addition to the centre.

We hope to welcome lots of new faces along to try out our professional services soon."

Kirkley Hall Dog Grooming Parlour is open Monday to Friday during College term time and offers a range of services including full grooms, bathing, clipping, styling and trimming.

Students and Apprentices studying on full-time grooming courses at Northumberland College get the chance to work on clients dogs at the parlour as part of their studies, under the supervision of fully qualified professional staff.

Level 3 Dog Grooming student, 37-year-old Kirsty Love, from Birtley, currently works as a veterinary practice receptionist, has a passion for animals and is doing the course to expand her skills so she can provide a dog grooming service freelance.

Kirsty said: "I absolutely love the course and coming to College. Every day and every dog is completely different so we get vast amounts of experience. The course is only one day per week, which is perfect for me, so I balance work and childcare arrangements."

Learners complete a range of practical and theory based modules, with units including, basic trim of a dog, bathing and cleaning, equipment maintenance, controlling and restraining animals, drying and preparing coats and breed standards and identification."

According to the PFMA annual report 2016, 23% of the North East are dog owners and on average spend £1,150 a year or £95 a month on their pets.

As well as full-time courses and Apprenticeships, Northumberland College also offer a wide range of leisure courses including pet first aid, caring for pets and more.

For information on dog grooming courses call 01670 841 200 or email

For dog grooming appointments please call 01670 841254 or email

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