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Meet the SCDGA Team
If dogs could choose their groomer they would choose you every time because you have trained at South Coast Dog Grooming Academy and they will know they are in safe hands. Your training will install the value of love, care, compassion and attention to detail.
If dogs could choose their groomer they would choose you every time because you have trained at South Coast Dog Grooming Academy and they will know they are in safe hands. Your training will install the value of love, care, compassion and attention to detail.
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Sarah Fowler
Academy Founder
Sarah Fowler
Academy Founder
I’m Sarah Fowler and I’m the founder of the SCDGA. My goal was to create a course for dog lovers whose dream was to never leave their dog! They could earn a good income and finally achieve their dream of a work/life balance. I’m also the founder of Buddy’s Bathtime Professional Dog Shampoo modelled on my gorgeous cockapoo Buddy and in the past year have become a UK distributor for Emmi-pet.

After completing my A-Levels and my Retail Management degree at Bournemouth University, My love of my King Charles Cavaliers gave me the taste for dog grooming. I then went onto to study for my City & Guilds and attended numerous workshops and seminars in Essex. I then become keen to pass on the knowledge I had gained so went on to study for my L3 Education & Training certificate. I then went on to complete The Fundamentals of Education, LGBTQ + Awareness Training and Understanding Anxiety (CPD). This has given me the confidence to train all students from all backgrounds. I know I have the knowledge and skills to get the best out of every student and ensures every student completes the course to the best of their ability.

I opened my own dog grooming salon Canine Design in 2016 and the salon has gone from strength to strength. It was there I started to offer an in-house training programme and over the past three years I’ve helped train and launch many dog groomers careers. As the demand and popularity of the course has grown the academy at Worthing was born!
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Hannah Crossley
Sales & Community Marketing Manager
Hannah Crossley
Sales & Community Marketing Manager
I’m Hannah and this is Kobe my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. He comes to work with me most days and is my little shadow. I’m the Sales & Community Marketing Manager here at SCDGA and I’m normally the first one you will hear from once you contact us.

Working here is literally my dream job (and I’m not just saying that). I love being able to work with dogs and still work in sales and marketing. My favourite part of marketing is social media and I am always here for students to give any advice they may need when it comes to marketing their business. One of the greatest parts about working here is helping people get a better work/life balance and unlike other colleges, this is a business course in dog grooming so, all students come away with good knowledge of how to market their brand and a business plan.

Before I started working here, I was a hairdresser, dabbled in graphic design/visual merchandising and worked as a Sales Coordinator for a beauty equipment manufacturer. Outside of work I’m a real country girl and you can usually find me trudging around the South Downs on a dog walk with Kobe or in a country pub with friends and family.
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Hannah Buckthorpe
Support Trainer
Hannah Buckthorpe
Support Trainer
Hi my name’s Hannah and I work as a teacher at the academy with Sarah and the team.

Having left my previous job in sales I decided to pursue a career change to work with animals, more specifically dogs and I haven’t looked back since! I can honestly say, right now I have my dream career! Working from home part time as a dog groomer and also being able to teach at the academy - sharing my passion with other people! I’m currently studying for my L3 Education and Training Certificates.

When I am not dog grooming I am spending time with my best friend Poppy, who is a 2 year old blue Staffordshire Bull Terrier. We love to go trail running together.

I can’t wait to meet you all and I’m sure you will love grooming as much as I do!
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Melissa Coyne
Student Support
Melissa Coyne
Student Support
I’m Mel and I’m the apprentice at SCDGA. Pictured with me is my beautiful Welsh Corgi, Winter Blue and he lives at home with me and my family dog Carla. Before working here, I did a Level 2 Animal Care course at Brinsbury College and I worked in a kennels. I’m a total dog lover but my other love is photography.
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Sarah Wyard
Support Trainer
Sarah Wyard
Support Trainer
I’m Sarah and this is Jasmine.
I followed my passion to work with dogs and qualified following my training with Sarah. Since setting up my own dog grooming business, I was delighted to join the team to help assist left-handed groomers and love working with the new students seeing them progress each week and their confidence grow. I am currently studying for a diploma in canine behaviour with the British College of Canine Studies.