Like many industries, the pet care industry experiences constant change and evolution. With so many moving parts to juggle, it’s important for pet care professionals to continually seek information to help them adapt, prepare, and succeed.

As an organization, for over 40 years Barkleigh Productions has witnessed and supplemented the growth of today’s pet care industry. Between their publications, trade shows and educational platforms, Barkleigh is a leader in professional pet care education, specifically for grooming and boarding/daycare professionals. Barkleigh recognizes the need for more regulation in the education of pet care professionals and already has several certification programs in place for the grooming industry, including international certifications.

The original trade organization for the pet boarding and daycare industry was the American Boarding and Kennel Association. During its early years, ABKA saw a need to provide pet care professionals with a standardized educational platform to ensure the ongoing growth & success of the industry. The organization underwent changes and the association shut down. The assets were eventually purchased by Outstanding Pet Care (OPC) in an effort to keep its important educational platform available to the industry.

OPC’s network of trusted pet care operators and leading veterinarians reviewed the certification material and discovered it to be outdated. Together, OPC and its contemporaries spent a great deal of time, energy and resources to meticulously screen, update and add necessary courses to the curriculums. The result is the industry’s most powerful and comprehensive collection of information ready to be tapped into by today’s pet care professionals.

Together the two organizations, Barkleigh and OPC, have collaborated to form an educational platform to certify pet boarding/daycare owners, managers and employees called Professional Pet Boarding Certification (PPBC). This certification model will utilize the material owned OPC to educate and provide some regulation to this otherwise unregulated industry. And while the industry is constantly changing, PPBC promises to have the most current information and educational materials available.