Dog Groomer Is A Cut Above

Fri, 06/07/2001 - 01:00

Dog Grooming Student Nicola Jarvis and Lecturer Jean Pasonage

A dog grooming student has been presented with a college award in recognition of her steer determination and effort on her course.

Nicola Jarvis, who studies at East Durham College’s Houghall Campus, was nominated by the Animal Care Team for the award ahead of a number of other outstanding students in the department.

Animal lover Nicola, 32, from Houghton-le-Spring, is studying on a City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Dog Grooming and despite juggling the demands of family life, with two children, two dogs and three horses to look after she has thrown herself into the course and excelled in so many ways.

Her lecturer Jean Pasonage said: “As well as great attendance, Nicola’s coursework is always on time or very often early. She demonstrates sheer determination to complete each task on the course in a truly professional way.

“Nicola has very quickly become comfortable with the group, offering assistance to other students as needed.”

Nicola has even found time to help out at Jean’s own dog grooming parlour, Posh Pawz, in Horden by the Sea.

“Nicola has shown dedication and commitment above and beyond, coming to class early, staying behind to help clean the classroom and even helping me out at my shop when I had a painful back.

“To meet Nicola you would never believe she had a disability. She is the most motivated person I have had the pleasure to meet,” Jean said.

Nicola, who would like to one day run her own dog grooming business, said: “I love everything about the course and the tutors are fab. I just love working with animals, especially dogs.”

Another string to Nicola’s bow is that, with her two pet Bearded Collies, she takes part on para-caniX (CaniX or Cani-cross is running with dogs) and even competed at Crofts this year where she recorded the third fastest time as the only disabled competitor out of 85 other able bodied contestants.