Dubliner receives Pet Care Award

by Gazette Reporter

Alex Greaney

Michelle Walsh, from Santry, Dublin has been recognised with a Contribution to Pet Care Award from Petmania.

The awards were created by Irish-owned pet store, Petmania as part of its 15th-anniversary celebrations. The pet retailer took the opportunity to recognise some of its long-standing team members with an award and thank them for their years of service and their contribution to the development and success of Petmania. 

Petmania’s HR Manager, Rachel Norton and Operations Manager, John Timmons, visited each Petmania store to present the award winners with the accolade.

 Rachel explains:“Since we began 15 years ago, Petmania has gone from strength to strength as we have grown from a small pet section within our Garden Centre in John Street, to being Ireland’s leading pet experts and the number one dog groomers in the country. We couldn’t have gotten here without the commitment from everybody in the stores, the warehouse, and the support team. I had the wonderful opportunity to present some well-deserved awards to the dedicated individuals who have been with us since the start, including Michelle, whose expertise and commitment is key to our ongoing success.”

Dubliner, Michelle Walsh is Petmania’s grooming academy trainer and canine first responder instructor. At the Petmania Grooming Academy, Michelle trains new groomers that want to progress from being a groomers assistant to a fully qualified groomer. She also teaches canine first-aid to all Petmania’s groomers.

Michelle said:“I am thrilled to receive the Contribution to Pet Care award. I started in Petmania on my work experience in 2008. Over the years, I have seen our grooming studios go from strength to strength, starting with just one groomer, to having a team of nine in the Santry store alone.

The thing I like the most about working in Petmania is that every day is different. There have been dogs and customers I have worked with for years, from puppies all the way up to their senior years.

Petmania continues to develop its in-store services and new ways for customers to access expert pet care advice. For example, the Pet Care Advice Centre is a free online resource with contributors including vets, agility trainers, and other pet care specialists.

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