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Catalog – Volume VI January 2014

Merryfield School of Pet Grooming

5040 NE 13 Ave.

Oakland Park, Florida  33334

954-771-4030

 

Merryfield School of Pet Grooming is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).  The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools (ACCSC) is a recognized accrediting agency bythe U.S. Department of Education.

Merryfield School of Pet Grooming is Licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education, License # 3343. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission at:

325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
Toll free telephone number (888) 224-6684

Mission Statement

Statement of Purpose
The mission of Merryfield School of Pet Grooming is to provide quality, field specific education for the purpose of preparing students for careers in the field of Professional  Pet Grooming.  A positive environment and qualified faculty builds strong foundations supporting  the aspirations of our students in achieving their occupational goals. The graduates have many different ways to execute their career choices.

Some of those options are:

  • Mobile Pet Grooming Companies
  • Housecall Pet Grooming
  • Salons
  • Animal Hospitals
  • Kennels
  • Rescue Organizations
  • Humane Societies
  • Competitions

Administration and Instructors

Gregg Docktor, Director of Operations, Admissions Director: He is a full time Administrator. He previously ran a dog grooming school that was licensed by the “Florida State Board of Independent Post Secondary Vocational Technical Trade and Business Schools”.  It ran for approximately 15 years. Gregg also had a 3 store chain of grooming shops, “Just 4 Paws” In addition, he also had a 3 store chain of Puppy stores called “Merryfield Kennels”. Gregg also owned and operated “Dr. Clayton Pet Specialties” along with his late father Norman and brother Lloyd. This was a product line that was distributed nationally to pet stores and large box retailers. Gregg grew up in the industry; his father was responsible for more than 250 retail pet outlets called “Docktor Pet Centers”

Merryfield was established in 1961 by Dr. Robert A. Fields, along with his wife whose name was Merry, hence the name.  In 1972, Norman, Gregg and Lloyd Docktor purchased the facility from the Fields.  At that point it was in disrepair and needed a new direction.  The sale of purebred puppies along with showing and breeding was the immediate direction pursued. In 1974, Norman tragically passed and Lloyd and Gregg continued operations.  During this time period the company took off in many directions and always was a great source of joy to the owners.  Again tragedy struck and Lloyd passed.

Gregg Docktor remained and in 2006 decided to restart the school after about a 20 year absence from teaching. The school was officially granted its license from the Florida Commission for Independent Education in June,2006,  License # 3343.

It is interesting to note that every year since the re-emergence of the school; our students have come in either first, second or third place in the NDGAA Career Start National Competitions in Orlando, Florida for the years 2007-2011.  It is a testament to the teaching staff at the school and it is always wonderful to know that people outside of the school recognize our students’ abilities in this competitive forum.

See www.merryfieldmotel.com for further information on current business activities that Gregg Docktor is engaged in. Mr. Docktor has been involved in the Pet industry for over 41 years at the location where the school is located.

 

Latoya Boyd, Financial Aid Director at Merryfield School of Pet Grooming, prides herself as motivated and results-oriented educator with diversified experience in business and financial education. She demonstrates proven ability to balance analytic and creative skills to develop strategic plans to support evolving educational and business needs.  During her tenure at institutions such as the University of Phoenix, Dade Medical College and several public institutions in South Florida, her well-developed interpersonal skills illustrated a proven ability to lead, motivate, and inspire cross-functional teams to meet/surpass objectives. 

Latoya joined Merryfield with over 8 years of financial aid and school administrative experience. Her passion for education is illustrated by her own personal growth; she started her own financial aid consulting business and earned her MBA from the University of Phoenix. In addition, Latoya earned a Professional Human Resources Certificate from Barry University.   

Michael Lamb, Instructor (Full Time) Certified Non-Sporting Breeds: Started his career in 1976 and was taught his skills by Professional Dog Show Handlers. Michael is a Certified Groomer from the NDGAA. He has worked extensively with well known shop owners such as Terri Di Marino, Kathy Rose “Pets of Perfection” and “The Loving Touch” in Kendall Florida. Michael has participated in grooming competitions in Florida and has been appointed a Judge in grooming competitions in Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina. He has given Seminars in “Show Handling and Presenting the Well Groomed Dog”. His Miniature Poodles have been shown at Westminster and he has previously received Top Miniature Breeder of the Year Awards (1990) He is one of the Top Miniature Poodle Breeders in The United States with over 125 A.K.C. champions to his credit, and his dogs are currently being shown in Spain and Japan.

Irina “Pina” Pinkusevich,Instructor (Full TIme): Certified Master Groomer (NDGAA),

Irina “Pina” Pinkusevich immigrated from The Ukraine in 1989 with her parents at the age of 18. She studied at New York University where she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Child Psychology. While studying at NYU she got a part time job bathing dogs at a local Grooming shop. She realized her passion in working with dogs & grooming & left behind her original career choice to become a full-time groomer. In the earlier part of her career, Irina worked as a Pet Stylist at some of the most high-end grooming salons in New York. By the time she left New York for South Florida in 2006, Irina was the owner of one of those establishments, Shear Delight.

Looking to improve her skills & expand her horizons, Irina entered the world of Competitive Grooming in 2006. In her competitive career Irina has won multiple BIS & Best All Around Groomer awards. She is a two time recipient of the Lynn Carver Award for the most Best All Around Groomer wins in 2008 & 2010. Irina was also honored to win the Liz Paul Memorial Award for the most Best in Show wins in 2010. She has been a member of GroomTeam USA from 2008 through 2011. Ranked number one in the nation 2008 & 2010, she competed in the World Championships on GroomTeam USA in 2009 & 2011 helping the U.S. team bring home the Gold & Silver medals respectively. 

Irina is a National Certified Master Groomer (NCMG) with the National Dog Groomers Association of America. She is also a Certifier for their company. She has also served Professional Grooming Contest Show Judge for International Judges Association.

Dedicated to improving the industry, Irina teaches at Merryfield School of Pet Grooming in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She travels the world educating through conferences & seminars.

Irina is associated with Kiyara Poodles. Owned by Michael Lamb & Bill Jividen Jr., Kiyara, is one of the top miniature poodle kennels in the United States. With Kiyara, Irina has bred & co-owned numerous champion poodles.

Joanne Marino, Instructor (Full Time): Certified Master Groomer NDGAA has spent the last 35 years pursuing her passion of working with animals. From assisting veterinarians in Pennsylvania to patrolling for the Oklahoma Animal Control, Joanne has dedicated countless hours to the welfare of animals. She began grooming in 1971 and worked in several grooming shops; improving clientele and helping other groomers launch their new business. In 1989 Joanne came to Florida with her husband and two children and by 1990 she had started her own grooming business; Happy Tails, Inc., and achieved the title of Certified Master Groomer. Happy Tails prospered for 12 years. Even though she had a fulltime job running her own busy grooming business, Joanne’s work continued in the community. She hosted “dog washes” every weekend out of her grooming shop, where faithful clients and neighborhood friends would bring their cats, dogs, and even horses for a good, weekly scrubbin’. Joanne ran the much anticipated “Strut Your Mutt” competition for the city of Coconut Creek for 5 consecutive years. Happy Tails, Inc. served as a host for the National Dog Groomers Association for several years as well, where handfuls of hopeful groomers would gather to test their skills in hopes of achieving the Certified Master Groomer title.

In 1990 Joanne began competition grooming. She entered classes for scissor work and creative styling every year, placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd in every class she  entered. Over the years, Joanne gained the attention and respect of groomers nationwide. Joanne also made her name in the show world, where numerous dogs, ranging from Portuguese Water Dogs, Miniature and Standard Poodles, Tibetan Terriers, Golden Retrievers, Gordon Setters and Bouviers owed their championships and national rankings to her superior grooming expertise. Joanne has loved every second of developing and utilizing her flair for grooming and is always willing to share her talents and tricks with anyone willing to learn.

Louise “LuLu” Rodriguez is New York City born & raised. She moved to Florida in 1987 where she worked in Import/Export Management & Compliance for 22 years. She made a career move in 2009, choosing to do something she truly loved: working with dogs. She enrolled in Merryfield School of Pet Grooming & studied under Irina Pinkusevich, Michael Lamb, & Joanne Marino. Today she is a National Certified Master Groomer with National Dog Groomer’s Association of America. Her specialties are Terriers, Sporting Dogs & Working Dogs. In addition to grooming, she works part time at Merryfield as a teacher’s assistant in Student Orientation.

LuLu often volunteers as Pina’s assistant & has traveled with her to most of the major national competitions in the United States. She has also travelled to Belgium where she assisted Pina as well as the other members of Groom Team USA in the 2009 World Competition. Recently she has entered the world of competitive grooming & has participated & placed in several shows including Fun in the Sun, Atlanta Pet Fair, Groomania, & Pet Stylists Supershow.

Determined to learn all she can regarding her profession, LuLu often attends continuing education seminars & lessons. She has volunteered to work with some of the top show handlers & has travelled throughout the country to be educated by some of the best in the industry. She is a member of the NDGAA, The Professional Cat Groomers Association of America, The Pet Stylists of Tennessee, & Creative Groomers Association. She is also active with her favorite breeds & is a member of the American Sealyham Terrier Club & the Newfoundland Club of Florida.

Legal Control, School Hours of Operation, Academic Calendar, Program Start Dates and School Holidays

Legal Control

Merryfield School of Pet Grooming, Inc.
Gregg Docktor, President

School Hours of Operation

Mon Day Class 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Wed Day Class 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Fri Day Class 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Mon Night Class 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Tue Night Class 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Wed Night Class 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Thu Night Class 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Academic Calendar

Program Start Dates: A student may start the first Monday of any month.  If the Monday is a holiday, then the start date will be moved to the first Wednesday.

We mainstream all students.

School Holidays and Program Start Dates

Memorial Day 05/26/2014
Independence Day 07/04/2014
Labor Day 09/01/2014
Thanksgiving 11/28/2013
Christmas Break 12/24/2013—01/02/2014

Students may start the first Monday of any month.

Admission Requirements and Procedures, Course Cancellation,Transfer of Credits and Denial of Entry Policy

 

All students must be 18 years of age; otherwise a parent or legal guardian must consent and register the student with the approval. Enrolling students must show proof of high school diplomas (can be from a foreign school if it is equivalent to a high school diploma) or GED. Home-schooled students are not considered to have a high school diploma, but are still eligible to receive FSA funds. All home-schooled students must show proof of his or her homeschooling self-certification that he or she has received  state credential.

Prior grooming industry experience is not necessary. Merryfield School of Pet Grooming does not discriminate against race, gender, age or religion. If you have a criminal background, it may be an issue with some employers. They may do a background check, but it is not a standard procedure in the industry. There is physical work involved with this trade, which includes lifting and long standing and it may cause a restriction to those that have physical handicaps or limitations.

The procedure for enrollment requires an “In School’’ interview, tour of the facilities and observing a class in operation. An “Admissions Questionnaire” must be completed. Upon acceptance into the program, the student may enroll.

 It is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether or not credits will be accepted by another institution of the student’s choice.

Transfer Credits

Merryfield School of Pet Grooming does not accept transfer credits from other grooming institutions.

 Course Cancellation Policy and Denial of Entry Policy

In the event of a course cancellation, credit will be given as soon as the school reopens.

Merryfield School of Pet Grooming will retain records for one year for any student that is denied entry.

Attendance Policy

 

In order for students to be making satisfactory academic progress towards our certificate program, absenteeism must be kept to a minimum to maintain specific grade averages and proceed through the program at a pace leading to completion in a specific time frame (one and one-half times the length of the program). Satisfactory progress is measured in clock hours.  

Each week you are expected to sign in the attendance forecast sheet and clock in our attendance tracking time clock system. Students must circle the days and nights they will be attending class. We expect all students to adhere and honor your foretasted commitment. If students find that they must miss a class, they are expected to notify the school prior to the start of class or on the day of the absence. Graduation requires the completion of 600 clock hours and any missed time will extend the length of (months) of your program. Students must make up all hours missed to satisfy the 600 clock hour requirements. If a student fails a class, the student will not meet hours and/or weeks for the next pay period.

Students that are absent for 14 consecutive calendar days without an official written notice will be withdrawn/terminated from the program.

A clock hour is based on an actual hour of attendance, a 60 minute period with one hour of non-instructional time for lunch. The students will attend from 8:30 -2:30pm

Make Up Policy

Students can make up missed hours; however, this must be coordinated with the Student Services Coordinator/Registrar.


Description of School Campus

Merryfield School of Pet Grooming  occupies approximately 4,500 square feet of dedicated lab space where teaching occurs. Within the lab there are professional grooming stations, raised tubs, dryers, and audio/visual aids. The Library/Resource area has video equipment and computers for further independent study. As needs come up, there is  more space to accommodate national guest seminars. The student/teacher ratio is 12:1. If attendance goes over that threshold, there are instructors available to assist.

Merryfield Motel for Pets  uses 8,700 square feet of the facility and the Animal Hospital occupies 2,800 square feet. The entire building sits on 1 acre in East Fort Lauderdale.

Program Length and Definition of a Clock Hour, Program Objective, Program Description, Make up Policy, Course Numbering System

The program length is 600 clock hours. School is held Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30am to 2:30pm with a hour lunch break. Night classes are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. The externship hours may be different, depending upon the salon hours. It should take the student 37 weeks to complete the program (Approx 8 months, 9 months for the night program). The school will allow you 12 months (900 hours) to complete the program as the maximum time period to graduate the program. There is a list of equipment* and the text book needed for the program. It is required before you start class.

A clock hour is based on an actual hour of attendance, a 60-minute period.The clock hour is a 50 minute instructional period with an allowance of a 10 minute break.

Program Objective

The objective of our program is to prepare the student to enter into a Professional Pet Grooming career. All aspects of what we’re teaching directly relates to this specific goal. Our institutional governing body has approved and adopted the specific course objectives. If and when there are any changes made, we will reflect those changes in our catalog.

Program Description

This program is comprehensive in design to assist the student with the necessary skills to professionally groom dogs in a salon, mobile grooming, house call grooming or in a Veterinary practice. In mastering the art of pet grooming, the program consists of working with grooming equipment, customer relations, bathing, hair drying, ear cleaning, combing, brushing, dematting, breed recognition, first aid, styling, diseases of the skin, perfection of scissor work which is covered in the 500 hours of lab work in the school. The last 100 hours is an externship outside of the school. The student is placed in a veterinary practice, mobil grooming van, salon or in a house call grooming environment.

Make-up Policy

Students can make up hours missed for that week; however this must be coordinated the the Student Services Coordinator/Registrar.

Course Numbering System

The course numbering system uses a five digit alpha numeric identifier. The prefixes are characters that represent the type of course and the suffixes are numbers that represent the sequence in which they are taught.

Course Descriptions for “Professional Pet Grooming”

Program Instructional Outline

Please note that the sequence in our educational delivery is dependent on the available breeds that arrive daily for grooming. The number of hours for each Course Code may vary for each group as a result breed availability.

There are common core learning objectives/competencies for each module taught.  In the first two weeks of attendance,  the student’s time will be focused strictly with Prep work only. It is up to the Instructor(s) if the student needs more time to master this very important first step. Once accomplished, the student is tested in practical as well as written competencies. Once mastered the student starts to move through the different Course Codes.

Resources include:

  • Daily appointments.
  • Instructors also have personal resources of pets that are available when needed.
  • Rescue organizations to groom their pets at no charge.
  • Free grooming is also available to specific breeds that are needed for instructive purposes.

Common Core Learning Objectives:

There are common core learning objectives/competencies for each module taught;

  • Customer Relations
  • Ear Cleaning
  • Nail Cutting
  • Pad cleaning (utilizing the electric clippers)
  • Private Area Cleaning (using the electric clippers)
  • Rough Clip Training, which means that if the pet is matted, you will shave off any hair that cannot be detangled without causing undue discomfort to the pet, and or removing the unnecessary hair according to the pattern or clip requirement.
  • Brush out the pet to remove tangles before you bathe the pet.  You must comb through the pet to check your brushing progress.
  • Pet Bathing.  There is no need to pre wet the pet, unless it is extremely dirty, the shampoo is already pre-diluted.  Use tearless shampoo on the face.  Rinse extremely well once this task is completed.
  • Pet Drying to approximately 80-90% using a forced air dryer. Finish your drying with a stand dryer. Please note that for Poodles, curly coated breeds and drop coats force dry to only 50%.  Your pet should be damp for a proper fluff dry.  Fluff drying straightens the hair and in this process will remove any missed tangles missed during the pre bath brush out.
  • Re-clipping finishes the setting of the pattern and now is the time to smooth out lines and to make sure your pattern is correct.
  • Finish work is the last step which includes scissoring, blending, Thinning and any final procedure that’s needed to complete the grooming process.

Textbook: “Notes From the Grooming Table” Pages 20-60

 Group Specific Learning Objectives

Every student, prior to externship, is tested for competency in four areas. There are different techniques used in the learning process.  It is subjective and the school utilizes certain parameters.  There are many different shapes and sizes to the purebred and mix breed dogs.

Flexibility is used when performing the different individual haircuts. There are many different interpretations on how to best groom that pet that is before you.  Your Instructors will ultimately make the best decision for each groomed pet.   Our training is geared to these:

  • Sporting Breeds
  • Terrier Breeds
  • Non-Sporting Breeds
  • Drop Coat/Miscellaneous Breeds

DVD instruction

  • Students are required to summarize 5 videos per month for every month that they attend school. Theory/training videos are available either on site or on their home computers.

Course/Module Descriptions 

Course Code PG 101: Sporting Breeds -22.5 Hours

Description includes core competencies plus the learning objectives: Preparation work (core competency)

American Cocker, English Cocker, or Springer Spaniel

  • Customer Relations
  • Ear Cleaning
  • Nail Cutting
  • Pad cleaning (utilizing the electric clippers)
  • Private Area Cleaning (using the electric clippers)
  • Rough Clip Training, which means that if the pet is matted, you will shave off any hair that cannot be detangled without causing undue discomfort to the pet, and or removing the unnecessary hair according to the pattern or clip requirement.
  • Brush out the pet to remove tangles before you bathe the pet.  You must comb through the pet to check your brushing progress.
  • Pet Bathing.  There is no need to pre wet the pet, unless it is extremely dirty, the shampoo is already pre-diluted.  Use tearless shampoo on the face.  Rinse extremely well once this task is completed.
  • Pet Drying to approximately 80-90% using a forced air dryer. Finish your drying with a stand dryer. Please note that for Poodles, curly coated breeds and drop coats force dry to only 50%.  Your pet should be damp for a proper fluff dry.  Fluff drying straightens the hair and in this process will remove any missed tangles missed during the pre bath brush out.
  • Re-clipping finishes the setting of the pattern and now is the time to smooth out lines and to make sure your pattern is correct.
  • Finish work is the last step which includes scissoring, blending, Thinning and any final procedure that’s needed to complete the grooming process.

Specific to this group:

  • Prep Work-Clean lines, Correct Product used
  • Overall Appearance- Prep, Bred Profile, Balance
  • Head-English and Springer: Clipper Work, Parallel Plains, Ears
  • Head- American Cocker: Crown, Clipper Work, Ears
  • Body Work-English and Springers: Clippered Pattern, Natural Back Pattern, Tools, Technique
  • Body Work-American Cocker: Clippered and Blending, Natural Back, Carding Technique
  • Feet- English and Springer Spaniel: Technique, Cat feet Knuckled
  • Feet American Cocker: Bevels, Symmetry
  • Rear- Proper Angulations
  • Front- Proper Angulations

Text Book: “Notes from the Grooming Table” Table Pages 78-140
Text Book: “The Complete Dog Book Official Publication by the AKC” Pages 73-167

All books are available in the school library. Supplemental instructional materials are available in the front office.

Student Grades
Hands on Learning, evaluated by instructor: 60% of Grade
Written tests 20% of Grade
Attendance 20% of Grade


Grading Scale Grade Point Value
A 93-100 4
B 84-92 3
C 74-83 2
D 70-73 1
F 69-BELOW 0

Course Code PG102: Terrier breeds-122.5 Hours

Short Legged (West Highland White Terrier, Scottish Terrier, Carin Terriers, Sealyham Terrier

Long-Legged (Schnauzer, Kerry Blue Terrier, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier)

  • Customer Relations
  • Ear Cleaning
  • Nail Cutting
  • Pad Cleaning (utilizing the electric clippers)
  • Private Area Cleaning (using the electric clippers)
  • Rough Clip Training, which means that if the pet is matted, you will shave off any hair that cannot be detangled without causing undue discomfort to the pet, and or removing the unnecessary hair according to the pattern or clip requirement.
  • Brush out the pet to remove tangles before you bathe the pet.  You must comb through the pet to check your brushing progress
  • Pet Bathing.  There is no need to pre wet the pet, unless it is extremely dirty, the shampoo is already pre-diluted.  Use tearless shampoo on the face.  Rinse extremely well once this task is completed.
  • Pet Drying  to approximately 80-90% using a forced air dryer. Finish your drying with a stand dryer. Please note that for Poodles, curly coated breeds and drop coats force dry to only 50%.  Your pet should be damp for a proper fluff dry.  Fluff drying straightens the hair and in this process will remove any missed tangles missed during the pre bath brush out.
  • Re-clipping finishes the setting of the pattern and now is the time to smooth out lines and to make sure your pattern is correct.
  • Finish work is the last step which includes scissoring, blending, Thinning and any final procedure that’s needed to complete the grooming process.

Description includes core competencies plus the learning objectives: Preparation work (core competency)

Specific to this Group:

  • Prep work- Clean Lines, Correct product usage,
  • Overall appearance- Breed profile, Balance
  • Body Clippered-Correct blade or snap on used for proper length of coat, Scissoring Technique
  • Body Hand Stripped- Tools used, length and texture left correctly
  • Legs and feet scissored- Proper size and balance, Technique
  • Legs and Feet Stripped- Size, Technique
  • Front and Rear Assembly- proper angulation
  • Head- correct to breed profile

Text Book: “Notes from the Grooming Table” Table Pages 240-336
Text Book: “The Complete Dog Book Official Publication by the AKC” Pages 353-437

All books are available in the school library.  Supplemental instructional materials are available in the front office.

Student Grades
Hands on Learning, evaluated by instructor: 60% of Grade
Written tests 20% of Grade
Attendance 20% of Grade


Grading Scale Grade Point Value
A 93-100 4
B 84-92 3
C 74-83 2
D 70-73 1
F 69-BELOW 0

Course Code PG103: Non-Sporting Breeds -122.5Hours

Poodles, placed in a lamb cut, Bichon Frise

Description includes core competencies plus the learning objectives: Preparation work (core competency)

  • Customer Relations
  • Ear Cleaning
  • Nail Cutting
  • Pad Cleaning (utilizing the electric clippers)
  • Private Area Cleaning (using the electric clippers)
  • Rough Clip Training, which means that if the pet is matted, you will shave off any hair that cannot be detangled without causing undue discomfort to the pet, and or removing the unnecessary hair according to the pattern or clip requirement.
  • Brush out the pet to remove tangles before you bathe the pet.  You must comb through the pet to check your brushing progress
  • Pet Bathing.  There is no need to pre wet the pet, unless it is extremely dirty, the shampoo is already pre-diluted.  Use tearless shampoo on the face.  Rinse extremely well once this task is completed.
  • Pet Drying to approximately 80-90% using a forced air dryer. Finish your drying with a stand dryer. Please note that for Poodles, curly coated breeds and drop coats force dry to only 50%.  Your pet should be damp for a proper fluff dry.  Fluff drying straightens the hair and in this process will remove any missed tangles missed during the pre bath brush out.
  • Re-clipping finishes the setting of the pattern and now is the time to smooth out lines and to make sure your pattern is correct.
  • Finish work is the last step which includes scissoring, blending, Thinning and any final procedure that’s needed to complete the grooming process.

Specific to this Group:

  • Prep- Fluff, cleanliness, condition of coat
  • Overall Appearance- breed profile, balance
  • Technique- correct snap-on comb used for the correct length of coat (size and blade), scissoring technique
  • Front Assembly- proper angulation
  • Rear Assembly-proper angulation
  • Feet- Bichon size, shape
  • Head and Neck-Bichon Shape, balance, blending
  • Top Knot and Neck-Poodle size, shape, blending, and placement

Text Book: “Notes from the Grooming Table” Table Pages 390-426
Text Book: “The Complete Dog Book Official Publication by the AKC” Pages 523-571

All books are available in the school library.  Supplemental instructional materials are available in the front office.

Student Grades
Hands on Learning, evaluated by instructor: 60% of Grade
Written tests 20% of Grade
Attendance 20% of Grade


Grading Scale Grade Point Value
A 93-100 4
B 84-92 3
C 74-83 2
D 70-73 1
F 69-BELOW 0

Course Code PG104: Drop Coats/Miscellaneous Breeds-222.5Hours

Mixed breed or drop coats such as Lhasa Apso, or Shih Tzu put into a Teddy Bear or a Panda Clip

  • Customer Relations
  • Ear Cleaning
  • Nail Cutting
  • Pad Cleaning (utilizing the electric clippers)
  • Private Area Cleaning (using the electric clippers)
  • Rough Clip Training, which means that if the pet is matted, you will shave off any hair that cannot be detangled without causing undue discomfort to the pet, and or removing the unnecessary hair according to the pattern or clip requirement.
  • Brush out the pet to remove tangles before you bathe the pet.  You must comb through the pet to check your brushing progress
  • Pet Bathing.  There is no need to pre wet the pet, unless it is extremely dirty, the shampoo is already pre-diluted.  Use tearless shampoo on the face.  Rinse extremely well once this task is completed.
  • Pet Drying to approximately 80-90% using a forced air dryer. Finish your drying with a stand dryer. Please note that for Poodles, curly coated breeds and drop coats force dry to only 50%.  Your pet should be damp for a proper fluff dry.  Fluff drying straightens the hair and in this process will remove any missed tangles missed during the pre bath brush out.
  • Re-clipping finishes the setting of the pattern and now is the time to smooth out lines and to make sure your pattern is correct.
  • Finish work is the last step which includes scissoring, blending, Thinning and any final procedure that’s needed to complete the grooming process.

Specific to this Group:

  • Prep- Fluff, Cleanliness, Condition of coat, Dematting
  • Overall appearance- Breed profile, balance
  • Technique-Right snap-on used for correct length of coat, scissoring technique
  • Front assembly-Proper angulation
  • Rear assembly-Proper angulation
  • Feet-Size, shape
  • Head and Neck-Shape, balance, blending

Text Book: “Notes from the Grooming Table” Table Pages 482-490
Text Book: “The Complete Dog Book Official Publication by the AKC” Pages 103,113,122, 470,513,516,519,552,604,610,645

All books are available in the school library.  Supplemental instructional materials are available in the front office.

Student Grades
Hands on Learning, evaluated by instructor: 60% of Grade
Written tests 20% of Grade
Attendance 20% of Grade


Grading Scale Grade Point Value
A 93-100 4
B 84-92 3
C 74-83 2
D 70-73 1
F 69-BELOW 0

In addition we instruct our students about cat grooming and this is a minor area of study because cat grooming is not as popular as dog grooming.  However, we don’t want to leave out this area because if a pet owner has dogs and long haired cats we want to insure that our graduates can accomplish any task at hand.

Course Code PG105: DVD Instruction-10 Hours

This portion is done outside of the 500 hour practicum

Includes core and group competences, includes theory and training for all breeds.

Learning Objectives:

  • Students must view 5  DVDs per month for each month that they attend school and must summarize what they viewed. Please turn in your reports to the registrar.

Summaries must include

  • What was viewed
  • What was learned
  • How would you use what was viewed in a practical application
  • Timeline for completion is prior to the externship

PG 106: Externship Description -100 Hours

The student is placed in an actual grooming “job-like” environment for the last 100 hours. The externship, which is a part of the teaching program, is a non-paid placement. This offers an on-the-job experience, whereby the student can perform the grooming skills learned; including customer relations, time management, sales techniques, etc. A proficiency report is submitted by the salon/supervisor and grade sheets are still a part of this module. Upon completion of 600 hours, a diploma is then awarded to the graduate

*Includes site evaluation by the Campus director.

Student Grades
Hands on Learning, evaluated by instructor: 80% of Grade
Attendance 20% of Grade


Grading Scale Grade Point Value
A 93-100 4
B 84-92 3
C 74-83 2
D 70-73 1
F 69-BELOW 0

Final Test and Completion of course:

In order to graduate, students must be able to complete a hands on, practical test on the following breeds, according to breed standards set forth by the N.D.G.A.A. (National Dog Groomer’s Association of America)

Terrier Breed: (2 dogs)
1. Long Legged Terrier (such as a Schnauzer, Kerry Blue or Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier).
2. Short Legged Terrier (such as a Scottie or a Westie)

Non-Sporting Breed: (2 dogs)
3. Poodle, placed into a pattern such as a Lamb

4.Bichon Frise into a traditional groom

5. Drop Coat / Miscellaneous Breed: (1 dog)

Mixed breed or, drop coat (such as a Lhasa Apso or Shih-Tzu) put into an appropriate style, such as Teddy bear or Panda clip.

This testing may be broken up and not required to be done at one time.

Dogs must be approved by instructors for testing, with sufficient hair growth (at least 8 weeks) in order to be considered eligible. Student will have 1 1/2 hours for a small dog, 2 hours for a medium dog and 2 1/2 hours for a large dog to complete the  haircut. This  excludes bathing and prepping. Grooming techniques shall be in compliance with NDGAA and Breed standards. Student will be graded on proficiency, ability to set pattern as well as ability to properly execute each haircut. Dog will be graded by an instructor in order to meet a passing grade. Incomplete dogs, improper brush outs, matts, tangles, improper basics such as long nails, dirty ears, pads, or privates will be considered automatic failure.

Student Grades

Student Grades
Hands on Learning, evaluated by instructor: 60% of Grade
Written tests 20% of Grade
Attendance 20% of Grade


Grading Scale Grade Point Value
A 93-100 4
B 84-92 3
C 74-83 2
D 70-73 1
F 69-BELOW 0
The records of student progress are available upon request.  Please see the Registrar for a copy

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy

 

 A student’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in the program is reviewed to determine if a student is eligible to continue to the next evaluation point. SAP applies to all students regardless of whether they are receiving Title IV funds.  SAP is measured at 300 clock hours and 600 clock hours. The school will determine that the student has successfully completed both the clock hours and weeks of instructional time required for the period evaluated. At 300 completed clock hours if a student is not meeting the SAP requirements they will be placed on financial aid probation status for the next payment period, and would no longer receive Title IV funds. Any student that wishes to remain in school must appeal the unsatisfactory progress status.  The appeal must be given to the school Director for evaluation. If the school Director approves the appeal, the student would be placed on probation for the next evaluation period and would re-gain Title IV eligibility.

There are two SAP requirements. One is qualitative and one is quantitative.

Qualitative -a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in order to remain in school and be considered in good academic standing at each evaluation point of 300 and 600 scheduled hours. The School Director may permit a student to retake a failed examination. A passing grade on the retaken examination would replace the original failed grade. The school maintains all student progress records.

If the student’s cumulative GPA is below a 2.0 at the evaluation point of 300 scheduled clock hours, the student will be placed on financial aid warning for the next evaluation period. The student must raise their cumulative GPA to a 2.0 or better by the end of the warning period. If they fail to do so financial aid eligibility is terminated.  They must file an appeal with the School Director if they want to remain in school.  After a successful appeal the student will be placed on financial aid probation and will not be eligible for additional funding.

Quantitative – Attendance is checked at each evaluation point. A student must have at least 66.67% attendance at the 300 clock hour evaluation period, or the student will be placed on financial aid warning for the next evaluation period. If the student fails to meet the 66.67% attendance by the end of the warning period, financial aid eligibility is terminated. The student must file an appeal with the School Director if they wish to remain in school. If the appeal is approved the student will be placed on financial aid probation and will not be eligible for any additional financial aid

The students must also complete the program within maximum time-frame. Maximum time-frame is 1.5 times the normal time frame required to complete the program. Normal time frame for full time students is 8 months and maximum time-frame is 12 months with each payment period no longer than  6 months.  Part time students normally complete the program in 10 months with a maximum time frame of 15 months with each payment period no longer than 7.5 months.

If a student is not a Title IV recipient, and at the time of an SAP evaluation is not meeting the minimum standards of 67% attendance and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better, they will be placed on academic probation.  The student will be counseled on the risks and consequences of reaching the maximum time-frame for program completion.  Students not receiving Title IV funding who are in a Title IV program will  be evaluated at the same time as a Title IV student.

Official Leaves of Absence, withdrawals, and other official interruptions of training are not computed in the maximum time-frame.

Appeal Process - A student who fails to meet SAP at the end of the payment period must submit an appeal to the School Director based on mitigating circumstances such as illness, death in the family, etc. The appeal from the student must state why they did not meet satisfactory academic progress and what has changed that would now allow them to meet satisfactory academic progress. The School Director will review the appeal and advise the student of the final decision.   If the student’s appeal is approved, they will remain in school on financial aid probation,but they will be eligible to receive Title IV funding.  

Course incompletes and noncredit remedial courses do not apply to the SAP policy at the school and will have no effect on satisfactory academic progress.

Reinstatement Policy – Students who have been terminated from enrollment for failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress may apply for readmission to the School Director but not less than 30 days after having been terminated.  They will be placed on financial aid probation for an evaluation period and not be eligible for financial aid.  Failure to re-establish satisfactory academic progress by the end of the probation period will result in termination from the school.  No student will be allowed to re-enroll more than twice. 

Students who have voluntarily withdrawn from the school or who were terminated for reasons other than failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress may apply for re-admission to the School Director. If approved for re-admission the student must sign a new enrollment agreement and must start in the next scheduled start date and will return in the same status as prior to withdrawal or termination.

The point in time that a student returns to school will depend on the previous class training that the school credits the student.

Reestablishing Title IV Eligibility – Students returning to school after failing to maintain satisfactory academic progress must file an appeal explaining why they were not making satisfactory progress and what has changed to now allow them to succeed.  After a successful appeal, the student will be placed on financial aid probation for the next evaluation period.  Title IV students will be eligible for any additional funding.  Failure to re-establish satisfactory academic progress by the end of the financial aid probation period will result in termination from the school.  If the student meets satisfactory academic progress at the end of the probationperiod, the student will be allowed to complete the program and re-establish Title IV funding


Graduation and the Awarding of Diplomas

A diploma will be given to each student who successfully completes the program and satisfies all requirements. Diplomas are awarded when the student successfully completes all 6 units of the program. The tuition must be paid in full.

Fees and Charges

Tuition…………………….$ 10,800.00
Equipment and book………$975.00
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Total Cost………………….$ 11,775.00

 

Equipment should not be purchased until the student is approved for admission. Tuition is due in full on or before your start date, unless special financial arrangements were made.

Equipment Purchases

You can buy your equipment from the school, or from outside vendors.  If you purchase equipment from the school, we have a payment plan available to students.  It’s called “Monthly pay to own”.  Your equipment must be left at the school at the end of your class, which will be inspected.  If you elect to pay the balance early, you may take it home.  If you stop your education and no longer want to attend classes, you may pay the balance and keep the equipment.  If you do not pay the balance on the equipment, it will be forfeited back to the school.

Revised 09/12/2013

Financing

There are various finance plans available to qualifying students. An independent finance company is in contract with the school to provide financing to those students who qualify. It is not a government sponsored entitlement. Eligibility for the loan is solely at the discretion of the lender and the school has no influence on the loan application whatsoever. There is an obligation on the part of the borrower to repay the loan along with any and all interest. Information at the time of loan origination will be detailed. The School’s refund policy complies with Fair Consumer Practices. Should the student be terminated or cancelled for any reason, all refunds will be made according to schedule

Cancellation and Refunds

 

1. Cancellation must be made in person or by certified mail.

2. All monies will be refunded if the applicant is not accepted by the school or if the student cancels within 3 business days after signing the enrollment agreement and making the initial payment.

3. Cancellation after the third business day, but before the first class, will result in a refund of all monies paid, with the exception of the used equipment purchased from the school or from outside vendors.

4. Cancellation after attendance has begun, but prior to 50% completion of the program, will result in a Pro Rata refund computed on the number of hours completed to the total program hours.

5. Cancellation after completing 50% of the program will result in no refund.

6. Students that are absent for 10 consecutive days without written notice to the school will be withdrawn/terminated from the program.

7.The refund amount is calculated based on the student’s last day of attendance (LDA).

8. Refunds shall be made within 30 days of the student’s official withdrawal/termination date or receipt of cancellation.

9. Equipment purchased from an outside vendor or the school is not refundable by the school.

10. A student may be dismissed by the Director of Operations of the Merryfield School of Pet Grooming prior to completion of the program for any of, but not limited to, the following reasons:

A. Insufficient academic progress as outlined in the school’s Satisfactory Progress Policy.

B. Failure to comply with rules outlined in the catalog covering Student Conduct.

C. Nonpayment of the tuition balance before the first day of class, unless other financial arrangements have been made.

D. Failure to successfully complete the program within the maximum time frame.           Rev. 09/13

Return To Title IV Policy

The Federal Return of Title IV funds formula (R2T4) dictates the amount of Federal

Title IV aid that must be returned, to the federal government by the school; and/or the student.

The federal formula is applicable to an eligible student receiving federal aid when that student withdraws.

If a student did not start or begin attendance at the school, the R2T4 formula does not apply.

 

For official withdrawals a student’s withdrawal date is the date the school received notice

from the student that they are withdrawing.

 

Official Withdrawal Process:  If a student wishes to withdraw from school, they must notify the Director or the Registrar of the school.  The notification may be in writing or orally.  The date the notification is received is the date of determination.  The Director or the Registrar will begin the withdrawal process.

 

For unofficial withdrawals a student’s withdrawal date is their last day of physical attendance.

 

The school’s determination that a student is no longer in school for unofficial withdrawals

is determined after 14 days of non-attendance.

 

Any aid received post LDA and prior to Date of Determination (DOD) is aid that could have

been disbursed.

 

The federal formula requires a Return of Title IV calculation if the student received or could have received federal financial assistance in the form of Pell Grants, Direct Loans or Direct Plus loans and withdraws from the institution.  The percentage of Title IV aid earned is equal to the percentage of the payment period that was completed as of the withdrawal date.  The percentage that has not been earned is calculated by subtracting the percentage of Title IV aid earned from 100%.

 

The percentage of the payment period completed is calculated by hours scheduled in the

payment period as of the withdrawal date divided by the scheduled hours in the payment

period.

 

The amount to be returned is calculated by subtracting the amount of Title IV assistance

earned from the amount of Title IV aid that was or could have been disbursed as of the

withdrawal date.

 

        If a student receives less Title IV funds than the amount earned, the school will offer the Student a disbursement of the earned aid that was not received at the time of their withdrawal which is a post withdrawal disbursement.  Post withdrawal disbursements will be made from Pell grant funds first if eligible.  If there are current educational costs still due the school at the time of withdrawal, a Pell grant post withdrawal disbursement will be credited to the student’s account. Any Pell grant funds in excess of current educational costs will be offered to the student. Any federal loan program funds due in a post withdrawal disbursement must be offered to the student and the school must receive the student’s authorization before crediting their account.

        If a credit balance still exists on the student’s account after the R2T4 and institutional refund calculations are done, that credit balance must be used to pay any grant overpayment that exists based on the current withdrawal within 14 days from the date that the R2T4 calculation was performed.  The overpayment must be eliminated prior to offering a credit balance to a student.

          The following Title IV refund distribution is used for all FSA students due a refund:

          Unsubsidized Direct Loan/Unsubsidized

          Subsidized Direct Loan/Subsidized

          Direct PLUS Loan (Parent)

          Federal Pell Grant

          Refunds will be made to the federal programs within 45 days of the student’s date of determination.

          The statute requires that a student is responsible for all unearned Title IV program assistance

        that the school is not required to return.  This is determined by subtracting the amount returned by the school from the total amount of unearned Title IV funds to be returned.

 

 

Termination Policy and Appeal Process

Termination Policy

A student may be dismissed by the Director of Operations of the Merryfield School of Pet Grooming prior to completion of the program for any of, but not limited to, the following reasons:

1. Insufficient academic progress as outlined in the school’s Satisfactory Progress Policy.

2. Failure to comply with rules outlined in the catalog covering Student Conduct.

3. Nonpayment of the tuition balance before the first day of class.

4. Ten consecutive days of absence without written notice to the school.

5. Failure to successfully complete the program within the maximum time frame

Appeal Process

Students may appeal any disciplinary action taken by the school to terminate their training.  An appeal must be in writing, providing thorough explanation of events leading up to said action and why the student feels the action should be reversed.  Appeals must be submitted within five days of the student’s termination.  Appeals received should be reviewed by school administration within 5-7 business days.  Students will be notified of the school’s decision promptly.  The Director of Operations will render the final resolution on all appeals.

 

 

Employment Assistance, Student Services, Career Services and Policies

Employment

When the student successfully completes the program, the school will assist the graduate with job placement at no additional charge. Please understand that this is not a job guarantee. There is not a direct or indirect guarantee implied. Graduates are not required to take a State examination in order to enter into the field of Professional Pet Grooming.

Student Services

The school will provide a list of realtors who may assist with weekly/monthly apartment rentals. There are also extended stay hotels within a few miles of the school. Additional Services that are available include: Help programs for students in need, NA & AA, Food Banks, Suicide Hotlines, Shelters, Gambling Anonymous. Please see the Student Services Coordinator/Registrar for any help that is needed.

Career Services

Graduate Professional development opportunities are available which include preparations for competitions, trade shows and the extended use of the school’s web based portfolio site.  If not immediately needed, future consultations at no charge are given for store set-up and design, site selections, mobile van selection assistance.  Marketing assistance is also available to assist the new entrepreneur.

Library and Resource Center

The school library /Resource Center consists of periodicals, books, Computers and DVDs that are related to our field. Students may see the Registrar for DVDs on many subjects. Special seminars are held in the Resource Center.

Student Conduct and Leave of Absence Policies

Student Conduct

Students are expected to conduct and dress themselves in a professional manner at all times. Foul language, possession of un-prescribed drugs, alcoholic beverages and being disrespectful are all considered to be unsatisfactory conduct that may be grounds for dismissal. A student who conducts her/himself in a manner that’s detrimental to the school, staff or other students will be terminated. Theft of property from the school or other students is grounds for immediate dismissal along with prosecution.

 

 Leave of Absence Policy

A student may be granted a leave of absence for a reasonable amount of time but not to exceed 180 days within any 12-month period. A request for a leave must be in writing, with the date of expected return on the said request. The student must re-enter the program within the specified timeframe or notify the school if further delayed. If the student does not return within the specified timeframe or fails to request additional leave time; then the student will be withdrawn/terminated from the program and the refund process will go into effect.  Rev. 11/12

Drugs  and Alcohol Prevention Policy

 

APPLICABILITY

This policy is relevant to members of Merryfield School including all students, faculty, staff and all visitors, contractors and guests to Merryfield facility and events. This policy complements other Merryfield related policies and regulations, including those pertaining to use of Alcoholic Beverages and Narcotics.

 This policy is to edify and to prevent harm due to alcohol or illegal drug use. It’s intent is to promote the growth of student personal accountability by facilitating conditions or order and safety. Our Students are expected to act responsibly while enjoying the autonomy that comes with Merryfield’s School.

POLICY

General Policy Statement

 Merryfield School of Pet Grooming is devoted to providing an environment that is free of the abuse of and illegal use and possession of controlled substances. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of a controlled substance is prohibited in or on Merryfield School owned or controlled property or facilities or at Merryfield’s School sponsored events. No employee or student is to report to work, class, or any of Merryfield‘s activity while under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol. The possession and use of controlled drugs by members of Merryfield school community must at all times be in accordance with the provisions of federal and state law.  Under Florida law, no person may possess substances regulated under the provisions of Chapter 893, Florida Statutes (controlled substances and “designer drugs”), unless dispensed and used pursuant to prescription or otherwise authorized by law. Sale and delivery of such substances are prohibited unless authorized by law.

 Health Risks

The use of illegal drugs and the misuse of prescription and other drugs pose a serious threat to health. The use of marijuana (cannabis) may cause impairment of short-term memory, comprehension, and ability to perform tasks requiring concentration. Marijuana use also may cause lung damage, paranoia, and possible psychosis. The use of narcotics, depressants, stimulants, and hallucinogens may cause nervous system disorders and possible death as the result of an overdose. Illicit inhalants can cause liver damage. Additional risks associated with the use of drugs include impaired academic or work performance; lost potential; financial problems; poor concentration; blackouts; conflicts with supervisors, co-workers, friends and others; vandalism, theft and murder; sexual assault and other unplanned sexual relationships; spouse and child abuse; sexually transmitted diseases; and unusual or inappropriate risk taking which may result in physical or emotional injury or death.

Alcohol and health risks

 Alcohol is a depressant drug that is absorbed into the bloodstream and transmitted to all parts of the body, most significantly affecting the brain. It is classified as a psychoactive drug because of its effects on the mind and the behavior.

The impact of alcohol varies among individuals, but even moderate doses reduce physical coordination and mental alertness, making certain activities dangerous. Larger doses of alcohol cause staggering, slurred speech and slowed reaction time. Even larger doses can cause mood swings, memory blackouts, unconsciousness and even death. Health risks involved with long-term heavy drinking include: addiction, liver damage, heart disease, circulatory problems, peptic ulcers, various forms of cancer and irreversible brain damage. High risk drinking also known as “binge drinking” is defined as an occasion in which the drinker consumes five or more drinks at one sitting. This behavior is a significant concern when one con-sider that alcohol overdoses is a medical emergency. Despite a national minimum drinking age of 21, alcohol remains the most widely used drug among American college students. As a result, alcohol abuse is a contributing factor in many campus problems. Recent national campus statistics published by the American College Health Association reveal that alcohol is involved in:

• Approximately 66% of all violent behavior

• Approximately 75% of all suicide attempts

• Approximately 90% of all reported “date rape” incidents

• Approximately 50% of all traffic fatalities in which victims were between 16-24 years of age

Approximately 30% of all academic difficulties

 Students and employees can receive individual consultation sessions, assessment and counseling or be referred to community providers or agencies for assistance in dealing with drug abuse by calling the

2-1-1 Broward Assistance Help Line at 954-537-0211 or TDD 954-390-0942. The Broward Assistance Help Line is free and confidential to all students and Staff at Merryfield School.

 Sanctions

 Violations of the policies and laws described herein by an employee or student are grounds for disciplinary action up to and including termination or expulsion in accordance with applicable to the school  and the Florida Board of Governors regulations and/or collective bargaining agreements. Such disciplinary actions also may include reprimand or suspension. Student organizations may also be sanctioned for violation of these policies and laws. Sanctions may range from written reprimand to revocation of recognition as a student organization. Additionally, a violation may be reason for evaluation and treatment of a drug-use disorder or referral for prosecution consistent with local, state, and federal criminal law. Disciplinary action by Merryfield Administrative board does not preclude the possibility of criminal charges against a student or employee. The filing of criminal charges similarly does not preclude action by the School. Employees, students, contractors or members of the public who exhibit behaviors consistent with drug-use disorder or who behave in any manner inconsistent with this policy may be denied access to Merryfield School events and shows.

Resources and Outreach Programs are listed below:

Hotlines

Alcoholics Anonymous

954-967-6755 or 866-517-9997

Cocaine Hotline

877-456-3313

AIDS Hotline

800-352-2437

Suicide Hotline

1-877-968-8454

Drug And Alcohol Rehabilitation Centers

866-421-6242

Alternatives

561-998-0866

Life Skills

800-749-7149

 

FEDERAL PENALTIES AND SANCTIONS FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF A

CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

 

1st conviction: Up to 1 year imprisonment and fined at least $1,000 but not more than $100,000, or both.

After 1 prior drug conviction: At least 15 days in prison, not to exceed 2 years and fined at least $2,500 but not more than $250,000, or both.

After 2 or more prior drug convictions: At least 90 days in prison, not to exceed 3 years and fined at least $5,000 but not more than $250,000, or both.

Special sentencing provisions for possession of crack cocaine: Mandatory at least 5 years in prison, not to exceed 20 years and fined up to $250,000, or both, if:

(a) 1st conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 5 grams.

(b) 2nd crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceed 3 grams.

(c) 3rd or subsequent crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 1 gram.

21 U.S.C. 853(a)(2) and 881(a)(7)

Forfeiture of personal and real property used to possess or to facilitate possession of a controlled substance if that offense is punishable by more than 1 year imprisonment. (See special sentencing provisions re: crack.)

21 U.S.C. 881(a)(4)

Forfeiture of vehicles, boats, aircraft or any other conveyance used to transport or conceal a controlled substance.

21 U.S.C. 844a

Civil fine of up to $10,000 (pending adoption of final regulations).

21 U.S.C. 853a

Florida Laws Regarding Alcohol and Drugs

The following information is taken from selected Florida statutes concerning alcohol and drug abuse.

FSS 562.11 (1) It is unlawful for any person under the age of 21 years to have in his/her possession an alcoholic beverage. The penalty for violating this section can include a period of imprisonment not exceeding 60 days and a fine of $500.

FSS 562.11 (2) It is unlawful for any person to misrepresent or misstate his age or the age of any other person for the purpose of inducing anyone to sell, give or serve any alcohol beverage to a person less than 21 years of age. The penalty for violating this section can include a period of imprisonment not exceeding 60 days and a fine of $500.

FSS 316.193 A person is guilty of the offense of driving under the influence of alcohol if he/she is driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle and has a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or more. The penalty for the first offense can include six months’ imprisonment, impoundment of vehicle, $500 fine, one year of probation and suspension of driver’s license. The penalties for repeat violations and offenses involving vehicle accidents are considerably more severe.

 

 

Campus Security

 

Merryfield works hard to assure that you are safe and learn through its Department of Campus Safety and Security, which also has cooperative relationships with the City of Oakland Park and Fort Lauderdale Police Department.

Merryfield is a secure campus with a 24-hour security force and two monitored entrances (at the front, back and all side entrances).  Everyone entering school must have their ID badge, and you need to register all guests in advance.

Parking & driving rules
Yes, you can bring your car.  Students are free to park anywhere on Merryfield premises.
Students can park at one of several parking spots on Merryfield premises.

Emergency phones are located in the class rooms and are conveniently located at the front desk in case of an emergency.

Lightning Strike Precautions – South Florida is the lightning capital of the world, but not to worry.
The City of Oakland Park and City of Fort Lauderdale has a system for detecting and warning about lightning in the area, so you have time to get inside safely.

CRISIS PLAN

Merryfield has a standing Crisis Management Team that actively monitors, measures and enhances the school’s emergency response capabilities and infrastructure. This team is comprised of administrators, staff and faculty representing virtually every area of school, including the Director’s Office, Security Personnel, and among many others.

Merryfield team utilizes a comprehensive, three-part Crisis Management Plan, to guide the school’s response to threats ranging from hurricanes to epidemic outbreaks. This plan, which was built specifically for the Merryfield School, is continually updated to assure the crisis team is armed with the best information to assure the safety and security of its students, employees and facilities.

Communication is the key

Merryfield has gone to great lengths to ensure the safety of its students and staff, while being mindful to maintain the collegiate environment that makes our school a home away from home for our students, and our employees. Should an emergency occur on the campus, the security personnel  is able to articulate emergency information to the entire campus via a campus-wide voice alert intercom  system.  At the same time, the school‘s crisis response team utilizes an emergency text system to alert and update students, faculty and staff of any campus events that may affect them or the school’s calendar (such as tropical weather-related closings). This system allows the school to issue updates and alerts via the appropriate combination of social media, e-mail, voice and text messages.

Everyone has a role to play

One of the main tenets of the plan is that every member of the Merryfield School has a role to play when it comes to safety. One small thing that every student and employee can do is keep their emergency contact information up-to-date. That information can be updated at the front office at any time.  All students and staff are able to include up to four phone numbers (including numbers for parents and or friends).

Hurricane Plan

Florida’s hurricane season is from June 1until Nov. 30. Merryfield has a complete hurricane preparedness plan which is continually updated and is put into action by the team of Merryfield leaders representing every aspect of the school.

Leading up to, during and after a storm, we keep our students, families, staff and faculty well-informed of the condition of the school, if and when classes will be cancelled and when we scheduled to return to regular operation.

Parents, students and employees who want updated information on our preparations before a storm and school’s conditions during and after a storm should utilize the resources listed below.

Campus Alert System

In the event of a hurricane or an emergency, Merryfield uses an automated alert system to send a detailed voice, e-mail and text messages to students, faculty and staff. Therefore, it’s important for students and employees to keep their contact information updated at all times. Students and employees should ensure that the front office have their correct contact information at all times, by using the contact information form located at the front office.

Hurricane Hotline

In addition to the campus alert system, live and recorded information is available by Merryfield social Network (Facebook) or by calling Merryfield School main line at 954-771-4030 or our on call security personnel at 786-973-3475.  During normal business hours (Monday-Friday, from 8:30a.m -10:00 p.m.) students and parents can call this number and ask for Chris Wallace residence life to get updated information. If the school loses local phone service due to a major storm, students can use Merryfield social media network to get updated information.

SAFETY STATISTICS

Crime Statistics

The Student Right to Know Act and Campus Security Act of the Higher Education Amendment of 1992 require institutions to publish campus policies and statistics relating to campus safety and security. In compliance with this act, the following information is provided to you. If you have any questions concerning this material, please contact us @ merryfld@live.com

 

Merryfield School Crime/Incident log Sheet

Merryfield Incident/Crime Statistics Log Sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crime Report

 

 

 

CRIMES

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Murder

0

0

0

0

0

0

Manslaughter

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sex Offense, Forcible

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sex Offense, Non-Forcible

0

0

0

0

0

0

Robbery

0

0

0

0

0

 

Aggravated Assault

0

0

0

0

0

0

Burglary

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

 

0

0

Motor vehicle theft

0

0

0

0

0

0

Hate Crimes

0

0

0

0

0

0

ARRESTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alcohol

0

0

0

0

0

0

Violations

0

0

0

0

0

0

Drug Violations

0

0

0

0

0

0

Weapons Violations

0

0

0

0

0

0

REFERRALS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alcohol Violations

0

0

0

0

0

0

Drug Violations

0

0

0

0

0

0

Weapons Violations

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

HATE CRIMES

Merryfield School will report any allegations of hate crimes by any student or faculty or guest. Hate crimes are defined as crimes that manifest evidence of prejudice on race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender or disability. The reporting of Hate Crimes as well as subsequent investigation and prosecution of perpetrators may act as deterrent. This involvement also helps to keep the public informed about the scope of the problem.

Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act

 

Policy for Reporting the Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics

Merryfield School of Pet Grooming provides annual crime statistics in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.  These statistics include what happened in and around Merryfield School premises and law enforcement agencies in areas surrounding Merryfield School. 

Timely Warnings

In the event that a situation arises, either on or off premises, in the judgment of the Chief Operating office of the school, establishes  a serious threat, a school wide – “timely warning” will be issued. Notices will be posted in each class room and hall ways. The warning will be issued through the Merryfield’s school’s Intercom system and text capability system to students, faculty and staff.

 Anyone with information, which they believe may constitute the issuance of a timely warning, should report the circumstances to Merryfield School’s front office or to our security personnel’s at  786-973-3475 or 954-234-3934

On a yearly basis, notification will be given to all enrolled students, faculty and staff that provide the web link to access this report. Hard copies of the report may also be obtained at Merryfield front Office located at 5040 NE 13 Ave. Oakland Park, Florida 33334 or by contacting Merryfield security personnel’s at 954-234-3934.  All future employees may obtain a copy from Merryfiled’s front office or Merryfield security personnel.  Attendees at new employee and student orientation receive a copy of this report.

Warnings and Evacuation Procedures:

  Emergency Notification

It is the student or staff of Merryfield School to immediately notify the Security Personnel(s) upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or staff occurring on Merryfield School premises, unless issuing a notification will compromise efforts to contain the emergency.

 Merryfield personnel(s) are the first responders (Merryfield Security personnel(s)) are the ones who confirm the existence of an emergency in the event or threat with a call being received through the aforementioned security personnel(s) number. However, in the event that Merryfield Security personnels are not yet at the scene of the emergency event or threat, or, confirmation may occur from local emergency responders (i.e. City/County Departments or Fire Rescue) or a member of Merryfield security personnel group.  This member will notify Merryfield Security personnel /or may initiate appropriate Merryfield Automated Alert System.

Merryfield School Automated Alert System includes the school’s intercom, text messaging, office phone voicemail, use of social media, and web alerts.

The following criteria are evaluated to determine if activation of Merryfield Alert System is warranted and which components will be utilized:

  • Type of emergency event and its impact or potential impact on life safety (death, serious injury, minor injury).
  •  Impact to Merryfield  facility
  • Potential for the emergency event to worsen or spread.

These elements will determine the urgency with which the message needs to be disseminated (minutes, hours, days) and the affected groups and audiences to be alerted.  Suitable notification tools will be employed to notify Merryfield students and staff.   Alert content includes the following: Merryfield Alert in beginning of message, a brief description of the incident, and actions to be taken. Depending on the system used, it can also indicate targeted populations and where to seek additional information and updates. The following individuals are authorized to determine whether an alert message should be launched:

  • Security Personnel
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Full testing of Merryfield Alert system components occurs at least three times a year. This testing is normally scheduled for the first Monday of the months of February, June and September. These tests are announced to staff of Merryfield School, key external partners, local emergency management officials.  Merryfield may undergo unannounced daily testing and evacuation/fire drills

Evacuation:

The purpose of evacuation drills is to prepare building occupants for an organized evacuation  in case of a fire or other emergency. Merryfield School, evacuation drills are used as a way to educate and train students and staff on fire safety issues specific to the building. During the drill, students and staff ‘practice’ drill procedures and familiarize themselves with the location of exits and the sound of the fire alarm. In addition to educating the occupants of the building about the evacuation procedures during the drills, the process also provides the school an additional opportunity to test the operation of fire alarm system components. Evacuation drills are conducted at least once a year and are normally unannounced. Students and Faculty be accessed at the front office or from the aforementioned security personnel’s listed.

These action procedures will include directives for individuals with disabilities and those who may be aiding them in an emergency events or threats that warrant evacuation.

Reporting crime:

To contact Merryfield security personnel, call (786-973-3475). Any suspicious activity, or person seen in the parking lots or loitering around vehicles, inside buildings should be reported to the police department. In addition, you may report a non-emergency crime to the following areas:

1. Administration/Merryfield front office

 954-771-4030

2. Security Personnel

786-973-3475

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY CALL, 911

Confidential Reporting Procedures

If you are the victim of a crime and are unsure if you want to pursue action with Merryfield Security personnel(s) or the criminal justice system, you may still make a confidential report. The staff or students may report the crime to the Chief Executive officer and may be told of the details of the incident in confidence. The objective of confidential reporting is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure your future safety and the safety of others. With such information, Merryfield can keep accurate records of the number of incidents involving students, determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method or assailant, and alert the campus community to potential danger.

Crime Reporting

Merryfield School of Pet Grooming reassures any eye witness or victim  to any crime to promptly report the incident to the police. Police reports are public records under state law, Merryfield security personnel cannot hold reports of crime in confidence; however, state law protects the identity of the victims of sex crimes. Confidential reporting for purposes of inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics can be reported to the Victim Advocate and/or the Chief of Police, and no police report will be taken.

Merryfield School personnels are available to answer your calls from 6am-11pm (786-973-3475).  This number is available in the orientation packets and at the back of the students ID badge.   IN CASE OF EMERGENCY CALL 911.  In response to a call, Merryfield will take the required action to address your needs. Non-emergency calls, such as to obtain information on reporting, victim rights and confidential reporting, may also be directed to the school’s security personnel.

 (786-973-3475/954-234-3934).  Merryfield security personnel work in conjunction with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.

Incident reports are forwarded to the Administrative office for evaluation and possible action. Merryfield personnel will investigate a report when it is deemed suitable. Further information obtained via the investigation also will be forwarded to the Administrative office for review.  All occurrences will be evaluated and investigated on an individual basis. If there is a potentially dangerous threat to Merryfield School, appropriate warnings will be given through the appropriate means.

Crimes should be reported to the Merryfield security personnel to ensure inclusion in the annual crime statistics and to aid in providing timely warning notices to the community, when appropriate.

Missing Persons Procedures

 The proper personnel should  be contacted no later than 24 hours after the time the student is determined missing.  This person will be the emergency contact designated.

 If a student does not return to class after a break and is thought to be missing, Merryfield security Personnel should be contacted. Merryfield security will make contact with the said student and make the  determination of whether the student has been missing and for how long.  Should the student be determined to be missing for 24 hours or more, the designated individual(s) listed on the student’s contact records along with the police department will be notified.

Sexual Assaults

Merryfield School of Pet Grooming upholds a sexual harassment free environment and will ensure that any sexual assault victims are afforded compassionate consideration. Our security personnel(s) are trained individuals with specailized training in the investigation of sex crimes.Areas discussed are Merryfield School mission and policy, sensitivity to the needs and feelings of the victim, support resources, and investigative methods.

*     Merryfield  School will treat you with courtesy, compassion, respect and empathy.

*     Merryfield security personnel will act thoughtfully, without prejudging or placing blame, will consider each case seriously regardless of your gender, and will thoroughly investigate each case.

*     The department will notify you of services offered on and off Merryfield School premises.

*     Pertinent information such as name and ascertaining information will be withheld from the public and press in agreement with the Florida Public Records Law.

Often times sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim is familiar with or knows.  Stranger assaults do happen, but not nearly as frequently as an assault by an acquaintance.  Since legislation passed in 2007, victims will no longer be required to report a sexual battery in order to have a forensic sexual assault exam that is paid for by victim compensation. Victims  now have an official right to have a supporter present during the exam. In order for police to collect evidence of the assault, it is best if you do not bathe, shower, douche, brush your teeth, urinate, defecate, change, or launder clothing or bedding.  Clothing and/or bedding may be taken as evidence.  You will receive a physical exam, and pictures will be taken as evidence.

If you wish assistance in notifying Merryfield School’s  security  or other law enforcement agencies about a sexual battery or other crime, you may contact the school directly at (954) 771-4030 You may report a sexual assault confidentially to Merryfield  students ‘delegates  and still receive assistance.

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, CALL 911 or Merryfield security Personnel at 786-973-3475

Policy

Merryfield officials and students conduct an annual safety tour of the campus.

Campus Police Authority and Jurisdiction

The  Broward County Sheriff’s Office have complete police authority to apprehend and arrest anyone involved in illegal acts on Merryfield’s school premises and areas immediately adjacent to the school.

Major offenses may involve joint investigative efforts with other local and state law enforcement agencies. The prosecution of all criminal offenses, both felony and misdemeanor, are conducted at county, state and federal court levels. 

Crime Prevention Programs

At orientations during the course of the year, students and their parents are offered information on police services, property safety, personal safety and sexual assault prevention by members of Merryfield security personnel(s) Department. Similar information is presented to all new employees. Crime prevention programs and sexual assault prevention programs are offered on a continual basis during the year by law enforcement officials and other on campus groups. Programs address topics as theft, personal safety, relationship and domestic violence, cyber stalking and stalking, bias-based crimes, traffic safety, sexual assault and other important crime avoidance topics.  In addition to these programs, Merryfield School of Pet Grooming created Safety Month, a month of activities at Merryfield School in which the school devotes specific attention to issues related to safety and security.  

Crime victims frequently experience a myriad of feelings. The Victim Advocate Unit in Fort Lauderdale services program offers resources and referrals to assist victims in managing and understanding the emotions and physical reactions. Victims often need help changing from victim to survivor.              

Sometimes victims are reluctant to report crimes or are not sure whether what occurred is a crime. 

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, CALL 911 or Victim Advocate Unit 954-765-4133

Sex Offender Registration Information in Fort Lauderdale and Oakland Park and surrounding areas.

Information concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained by visiting http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/homepage.do

and accessing the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sexual Offenders database. Sexual offenders are required to register in the state of Florida, Merryfield School is to be provided with notice if an offender is employed or is a student.  
Crime Statistics

The following link provides the tables for the crime statistics: for both the City of Fort Lauderdale and the City of Oakland Park

http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Oakland-Park-Florida.html

All students will be given a copy of this policy at orientation.

http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/fl/fort-lauderdale/crime/

Additional Resources provided to students and Staff in crisis

Telephone Index listing all agencies and programs alphabetically:

A Missing Child

954-763-1288

Agency for Workforce UI office

800-204-2418

Alcoholic Anonymous

954-462-0265

BARC(see Broward Addiction Recovery CTR)

954-765-4200

Bay view Center for Mental health

954-888-7999

Start Program

954-966-4442

Fast-track

954-518-4072

Community Action Agency

954-357-5025

Family Counseling

754-322-3153

Student Support Services

754-322-3153

Suicide Prevention

754-321-2564

Senior and Disabled Passes

954-357-6788

Specialty Care center

954-463-7313

Broward Outreach Centers

954-926-7417/954-979-6365

Community Action Agency

954-357-5025

Walk-In Mobile Crisis Response Team

954-463-0911

Narcotics Anonymous

888-524-1777

Sexual Assault Treatment Center

954-357-5775

Victim Advocate Unit

954-765-4133

Truancy Intervention Program

954-831-8592

 

Students and staff can visit the Administrative office for additional resources if needed:

 

Extra Curricular Activities

Professional Events/ Competitions

There are many Voluntary certifications available to Professional Pet Groomers.  Such as:

NDGAA- National Dog Groomers Association of America

IPG- International Professional Groomers

ISCC- International Society of Canine Cosmetologists

PCGAA- Professional Cat Groomers Association of America

The school provides assistance in the preparation for competition or certification in these events.

Field Experiences, other than externships.

From time to time alumni, who are Mobile Pet Groomers, will visit the school.  Students are encouraged to visit with them and to evaluate what they did for their own future possibilities.

Other activities.

Dog Shows- Instructors are always campaigning their show dogs.  Students are always invited to see the excitement in this forum.

The school is a NDGAA certification test site.  The testing and certifications are normally held each year between March and June.

CPR , First aid Petsaver programs are offered to the providers at no charge to have their 8 hour programs held in the school resource center.

Volunteer

There are many pet rescues in the area and students are encouraged to help.  A pet that looks pretty is always more adoptable.  See the Student Services coordinator/Registrar for a list of the local shelters and rescue organizations

Student Grievance Policy

Students are encouraged to voice their grievances with the school in writing to the school director. We will make every attempt to rectify legitimate problems. Schools accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges must have a procedure and operational plan for handling student complaints. If a student does not feel that the school has adequately addressed a complaint or concern, the student may consider contacting the Accrediting Commission. All complaints reviewed by the Commission must be in written form and should grant permission for the Commission to forward a copy of the complaint to the school for a response. This can be accomplished by filing the ACCSC Complaint Form. The complainant(s) will be kept informed as to the status of the complaint as well as the final resolution by the Commission. Please direct all inquiries to:

Accrediting Commission of Career Schools & Colleges

2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 302

Arlington, VA 22201

(703) 247-4212

www.accsc.org

A copy of the ACCSC Complaint Form is available at the school and may be obtained by contacting, Gregg Docktor, Director/Owner or online at www.accsc.org.

You may also seek further assistance by contacting:
Commission for Independent Education Executive Director
325 West Gaines Street Suite 1414 Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
(850) 245-3200 or toll free (888) 224-6684