Professional Animal Workers (PAWS)

​This 10-week program in partnership with the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) prepares individuals with disabilities to work in shelters and kennels, veterinary offices and hospitals, doggie daycare centers, independent pet and grooming shops and retail pet stores. The program includes classroom and on-the-job training and is taught by a CCBC instructor.

Training Includes:

  • Animal first aid & CPR
  • Computer literacy and basic office skills
  • Basic animal care skills – feeding, watering, grooming, bathing, exercising and cage cleaning
  • Off-campus internship

Program Requirements:

  • Sixth grade reading level
  • High school diploma/GED preferred
  • Ability to remain calm in high stress situations
  • Ability and desire to work with animals
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds

Employment Outlook:

Employment in this field is expected to grow 7% through the year 2022.  The average wage in Maryland is $10.00 per hour.

A young man in medical scrubs is nose-to-nose with a Jack Russell terrier.

PAWS students get extensive hands-on experience both in the classroom and through internships in the community.

A young woman clips a kitten's nails.