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Canine professionals to benefit from new KCAI Career Zone

in partnership with Purina PRO PLAN

A fantastic new feature for canine professionals will be debuted at this year’s Crufts, the world’s greatest dog event. The KCAI Career Zone in partnership with Purina PRO PLAN will be an all new flagship stand at the show, which takes place from 7th - 10th March 2013, and will offer a programme of seminars, career advice and mentoring to all those who work with dogs.

A key feature of the Career Zone is a lecture theatre which will offer hour-long professional development lectures, delivered by industry luminaries and covering an extensive range of subjects that everybody who works with dogs can benefit from.  Topics cover important aspects within dog training and canine behavioural theory and the latest best practice in the rescue and rehoming, assistance dogs and dog warden sectors.  Designed to contribute to a programme of continual professional development, attendance certificates will add to the portfolio of all attendees.

Another exciting feature of the Career Zone is the KCAI Expert Advice panel, where industry experts will be on hand to advise all those who are interested in starting a career in dogs, or existing professionals looking to extend and develop their own careers. Whether you are a dog trainer, veterinary nurse, dog warden, canine therapist or work in assistance dogs or rescue and re-homing, the Career Zone panel will offer the guidance required.

The Career Zone has been provided by the Kennel Club Accredited Instructor scheme (KCAI) and Purina PRO PLAN. The KCAI team will also be providing mentoring workshops and general advice to all members and encouraging canine professionals to be a part of the UK’s leading name in canine services and advice.  PRO PLAN, with its mission to provide the very best in canine nutrition is working in partnership with KCAI to support all canine professionals and will deliver highly informative lectures on various aspects of nutrition, and will also be available to offer nutritional advice on a one-to-one basis.

KCAI Scheme members will have access to the exclusive KCAI Lounge at the show, which will offer educational resources, one-to-one mentoring sessions and group workshops, and a base to meet other scheme members.

Registration to attend the seminars is now open to all canine professionals. To view a full seminar schedule and to complete the booking form for the KCAI Career Zone in partnership with Purina PRO PLAN, please visit www.crufts.org.uk/kcaicareerzone.

Judith Nicholson, Recommendation Manager for Purina PRO PLAN, said: “KCAI is the UK’s independently recognised stamp of quality for those delivering the highest standards of care and advice to dog owners and we are delighted to be working in partnership with KCAI to launch the Career Zone at Crufts.

“Whether you are a dog lover looking to turn your passion into a business, a dog trainer looking for guidance on next stages to improve and develop your service, or a behaviourist looking to forge links with other professionals, the Career Zone will have something for you.”

For more information about Crufts 2013, visit www.crufts.org.uk.

1/18/2013