Huge interest in first career zone at Crufts

Over 2,200 people who work with dogs have registered in advance of Crufts this week, to take advantage of the first ever dedicated resource for canine professionals at the show - the KCAI Career Zone in partnership with Purina PRO PLAN.

The Career Zone has been developed by the Kennel Club’s KCAI Scheme and Purina PRO PLAN, as part of their commitment to support canine professionals by delivering the highest standards of care and advice to dog owners in the UK, under the quality badge of the KCAI Scheme.

Part of the Career Zone’s offering to visitors is a comprehensive programme of lectures being given by some of the most respected names in the dog world.  Such has been the level of interest that capacity has had to be increased in the KCAI Career Zone lecture theatre and, even with this increase all the lectures are fully booked.   Those not lucky enough to secure a place at one of the lectures have registered to take the opportunity to talk to the KCAI Expert Panel members to develop their careers or to get advice on current issues.

Over 600 dog trainers and canine behaviourists have registered to attend, but other professions are very well represented too: there will be nearly 50 dog wardens, 320 dog groomers, 183 vets and vet nurses, 200 rescue & rehoming professionals and 120 assistance dog professionals in attendance.  And it is not just those in the more ‘established’ dog professions that are taking advantage of the Career Zone: over 400 visitors are expected who work in the growing areas of dog walking or pet sitting.

Laura Colborn, Manager of the KCAI Scheme says: “The Career Zone is a very exciting opportunity for anyone who works with dogs to learn from some of the very best in the business.  The KCAI Scheme and PRO PLAN have a shared passion for improving the health and welfare of dogs and we are delighted that so many canine professionals will be visiting the Career Zone.

“By improving their knowledge and professional standing through the KCAI Scheme, canine professionals will help ensure dog owners receive the standard of care they deserve for their pets. The KCAI Scheme’s flexible framework and modules across a huge range of subjects ensure that those working with dogs have the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised, externally validated qualification and achieve the badge of quality that indicates a professional level of service.

“We look forward to welcoming all those who work with dogs to the Career Zone and helping them achieve the national benchmark in canine advice and services through the KCAI Scheme.”

Although advance booking for the Career Zone at Crufts is now closed, all dog trainers and those who work with dogs are encouraged to visit the area to learn how they can benefit from membership of the KCAI Scheme. The Career Zone is situated in Hall 5.

5th March 2013