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    I tried to PM you but it says you're not accepting PM's. I figured this is something others might want to know, so I'm copying the PM I wrote to you down here:

    Hi Patty,

    Can you tell me what a derma tech is? I think you mentioned something about getting my "derma tech" or becoming a derma tech or something like that. Can you tell me more about that?

    Thanks! I am so excited about the Pet Pro Classic next year. I'm all for ISCC!!

    Tammy
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    Can't wait to meet you!!!

    Hey Tammy,

    I just wanted to say I can't wait to finally meet you in person! The Pet Pro Classic is held right here in my hometown. woo-hoo!

    Stacey

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    • #3
      I competed at the Pet Pro one year and what a show that was!
      So much fun, I wish I wasnt so far away I would love to go back
      Tammy

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      • #4
        You guys are so lukcy! I really want to go to Pet Pro Classic but for now time and money are not possible. I'm thinking of just getting ISCC Educational set at Intergroom this year.

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        • #5
          I want to go
          I would love to meet all of you guys. It would be fun
          "Whoever Said That Money Can't Buy Happiness Forgot About Puppies"
          Nancy

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          • #6
            Originally posted by SpikeyTheYorkie View Post
            I tried to PM you but it says you're not accepting PM's. I figured this is something others might want to know, so I'm copying the PM I wrote to you down here:

            Hi Patty,

            Can you tell me what a derma tech is? I think you mentioned something about getting my "derma tech" or becoming a derma tech or something like that. Can you tell me more about that?

            Thanks! I am so excited about the Pet Pro Classic next year. I'm all for ISCC!!

            Tammy
            Its a program through ISCC that you can study for and take exam to be a derm tech specialist. you have to order the study guide and addendum..go to the website petstylist.com it should have all the info there. they also have another module out called supercoats. I believe its 400.

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            • #7
              Tammy, I can't get into the PM feature-I think my computer is conspiring against me lol!! The DT program is described below and comes directly from the ISCC literature.

              The Petcare DermaTech Specialist certification program is designed for individuals wishing to specialize and certify in animal management and skin and coat care programs. It is also the first step to becoming an ISCC Certified Master Pet Stylist. It encompasses the understanding of animal behavior and handling techniques, skin and hair anatomy, topical conditioning of canine/feline coats, basic canine anatomy, health and first aid, ectoparasites and insecticides, basic canine terminology, and breed ID and coat characteristics. Individuals who complete all ISCC Petcare 100 written and practical skills examinations with a grade of 70% or higher will be certified by ISCC as possessing the skills required of a Petcare Dermatech Specialist and will be awarded the title of Petcare Dermatech Specialist.

              (Trust me, if you get a 70 you will have earned it! Those tests are not easy and you have to study and know it all to know the correct answers! Word to the wise: Pay attention to all the boxes in the Study Guide and the photo captions in the AKC book, too! You'll know what I'm talking about when you see the Study Guide.)

              The tests include Skin & Hair Anatomy, Topical Conditioning of Skin & Coat, Ecotparasites & Insecticides, Terminology, Health & 1st Aid (currently the ARC PFA/CPR class certification is accepted but this IS changing!), Animal Behavior Pts. 1 & 2, Anatomy (including eyes, ears, anals, airways), Zoonotic Diseases & Sanitation and Breed ID & Coat Characteristics.

              The practical exams require you to have either one dog and one cat or two dogs with different skin/coat types. For example you could use a pet with dry skin and one with normal skin. Or a Poodle and a Lab. Or a cat and a dog with normal skin. Or one poodle with normal skin and one with dry skin and coat so you can show your understanding of the principals you learned in the written testing portion of the Certification.

              ISCC does not require you to take tests in any particular order. When I first started I did some 200 (MPS) tests before starting on my 100 (PDS) tests. I went to a Behavior seminar and asked for an evaluation of a dog that I was thinking of using to certify with and I ended up doing a PDS practical lol! I was at a trade show and a Certifier came up to me asking if I'd like to do my other PDS practical on a dog I'd never seen before. SURE!!! I passed both with flying colors without prepping myself because I'd studied hard and knew the program and what I was going to do

              Again, if anyone has any questions regarding ISCC please feel free to contact me off-list and I'll answer what I can. If I can't answer your question I'll pass it on to those who can

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              • #8
                :: passing out ::

                Oh my, that's a lot of studying. It sounds interesting though. I have a short attention span (think of the attention span goldfish have---yeah, that's me), but if I am interested in the topic, then I do better.

                THank you for answering my question(s), Patty, I do appreciate it. If I join ISCC then that is some big money that I was going to save toward going to the Pet Pro Classic. SIGH...what to do, what to do?

                Tammy in Utah
                Last edited by SpikeyTheYorkie; 01-21-07, 10:55 AM.
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                • #9
                  Tammy, the information may sound overwhelming but it is presented in such a manner that you do learn. And combined with the Study Guide and Addendum you DO learn. Can you imagine that when I started the process the tests listed above were given as one exam covering all those topics? ARGH!!!!!!

                  As far as what to do? Come to the Classic as my assistant and join there at the show special price Rumor has it that they may even be offering the coveted Lifetime Memberships at the 20th Anniversary Show.............

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                  • #10
                    Wow, Patty, your assistant? Does that mean I have to feed you grapes while fanning you off from the heat? Bring you water, and a tray of fresh fruit and various treats?

                    I'd love to be your assistant, even if I have to fan you off and feed you grapes by hand. And yes, the show special price will be PERFECT!!!

                    Thank you for giving me the heads up on that or I might have learned the hard way. But I'm having a hard time waiting on that book, someone said it's like 4 inches thick!!!! WOW, so much learning all in that book!

                    Tammy in Utah
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                    • #11
                      Check ebay-you can sometimes find the Study Guide on there. May not be complete or thel latest edidtion but it would be a start. Last time I saw one on there it went for $105 or so with a couple of the magazines and a video or two-not sure right now See you there??

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