Building lasting, successful careers in pet care.  

The Michelson Institute for Pet Professions (MIPP) creates equal access to pet care careers by providing skills training and job placement for individuals in underserved communities who have a passion for working with animals. Students accepted to MIPP receive a full scholarship from Michelson Found Animals (MFA) to obtain a professional certification in pet grooming and benefit from placement services upon graduation.

Pet Grooming

Revenue for the Pet Grooming and Boarding industry has nearly doubled over the last 10 years*. Demand for pet grooming, boarding, training and walking is at an all-time high due to rising pet ownership, so it is time that this career path becomes more visible as a stable, lasting and rewarding opportunity for all those who are interested in working with animals. A pet grooming vocation can provide the independence, flexibility, and opportunity for financial growth many people look for in a career. 

* IBIS World, Pet Grooming and Boarding Industry in the US Report

First Class Training

MIPP partner courses offer a Certificate of Completion in Dog Grooming to all who complete the curriculum. Classes include online and in-person components.

All-Inclusive Resources

Students will receive all tools needed to participate, including laptops, books, and meals.  Each student will also receive their own set of pet grooming tools to keep as they launch their career.  

Job Placement Support

All students will have access to job skills training and placement services from Michelson Found Animals and partners. Our commitment is to successfully place each graduate in a pet grooming position.

About Michelson Found Animals

With a mission of saving pets and enriching lives, Michelson Found Animals Foundation (MFA) has helped more than five million pets since it launched in 2005. Generously funded by Dr. Gary K. Michelson and Alya Michelson, MFA operates a range of programs that helps keep people and pets together.  Programs include the first free pet microchip registry, research promoting more pet-friendly housing, partnerships that bring food and vet care to communities in need, and more. To date, MFA has committed over $100 million to animal lifesaving.  

Community Partner

The Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA is located in Boyle Heights, California, and is part of the YMCA of Metro Los Angeles, who has been making a positive impact in the community for over 130 years. The 26 branches stretch across over 100 miles of Los Angeles County, from Antelope Valley to San Pedro. The membership community is 264,500 strong. Membership is open to all, with financial assistance available to those who cannot afford it. This year, the LA Y helped one out of three member families with financial assistance.

They extend their work with over 200 community partners across the county, including schools, hospitals, clinics, cities and other civic organizations. Learn more about YMCA of LA.