Meet the Groomer....
Elizabeth Oram has been grooming since 1999 when she moved to the Wilmington area. She is a 'second career professional' who after a time in academics, decided to turn her love of animals into her full time career. She began working in a local shop as a bather and learned about pet grooming from the 'bottom up'.
After years of apprenticing and attending trade seminars, in 2004 she began her Master Groomer Certification with the National Dog Groomers Association of America. The certification process consists of five written and four practical exams judged by industry specialists and former competitors. In October of 2005 she completed her tests and was awarded the title NCMG (Nationally Certified Master Groomer) by NDGAA. (She has recently begun working on her Feline Master Groomer certification with the Professional Cat Groomer's Association of America, so stay tuned for more news!)
In 2006 Elizabeth decided she missed traveling abroad as she had done in her old academic job and accepted a position in Dubai, UAE as a consultant and trainer for the first mobile grooming company in the Middle East. She spent almost two years establishing the company and working as a mobile groomer there. This was her first experience working in a mobile grooming environment and she was won over! In the mobile van, dogs were calmer, the environment cleaner and calmer and the grooming work itself turned out even better since it was done start to finish. One after the next, clients told her that their dogs had been 'kicked out' of grooming shops and they couldn't believe how well they acted in the van and how great they looked! She decided that one day when she got back to the States, she would go mobile.....
The launch of Dubai's first mobile grooming company at the Dubai Dog Show 2006
The Shampooch van is a 2008 Hanvey Sprinter Hybrid grooming conversion. It is a fully self-contained luxury salon-on-wheels, with warm water, fluff dryers, soothing music (for the groomer and the pet!) and stocked with the most effective shampoos and products available (yes, we have to admit, we love having the very best products to work with!!). The Hanvey is considered one of the 'greenest' conversions available, since it has a diesel engine that gets around 20mpg and the salon inside is powered by a bank of rechargable batteries and a 3000 watt inverter. It has everything at hand to provide you and your pet the best and most convenient grooming experience!
Inside the van is equiped with skylights, stainless steel tub, ceiling ventilation, aircon/heating, hydraulic table that lowers to the ground so large pets can step right on and get an 'elevator ride' to the tub and a specialized lighting system.
For appointments call (910) 508-8913