Animal Care and Handling Course

New Application Fees: $39.00 HOW TO APPLY


Health and Mental Hygiene, Department of City
Anyone charged with the supervision of a pet shop or business for the sale, grooming or boarding of cats, dogs, or other small animals must first obtain a certificate indicating successful completion of a course in animal care and handling, which is administered by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Health Academy. Not everyone working at the pet shop, grooming or boarding establishment must possess a permit, but a supervisor with the permit must be on the premises while the business is operating at all times.

This course is offered three times yearly. The course is offered over two full days (4 sessions), from 9AM to 12:00PM and 1:00PM to 4:00PM. Participants who complete the course and are successful at the final examination are issued certificates. The holders of such certificates shall successfully complete a refresher course in the care and handling of such animals when deemed necessary by the Department HC 161.09(h)(2). 

The information on this page is designed to explain how to meet the New York City health code requirement that anyone who is charged with the supervision of a pet shop or business successfully complete a course in animal care and handling. It does not encompass other health-related aspects of owning and operating a pet shop, animal boarding or grooming establishment, nor does it address other requirements.

Taking the Animal Care and Handling course and receiving a certificate for successful completion of the course does not satisfy all of the regulatory requirements of other City and State Agencies. It is the business owner's responsibility to apply for all other permits, licenses, and authorizations required by other City and State Agencies.

Next: Apply

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DoHMH)
Health Academy
Riverside Health Center
160 W. 100th Street (at Columbus Avenue)
New York, NY 10025
For further assistance, please call 311 and ask for: Health Academy

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