Animal Care and Handling

The NYC Health Code requires that all pet shops or businesses that sell, groom, or board cats, dogs or other small animals, must have someone with a certificate in Animal Care and Handling on duty when the business is open to the public. Students who complete this course and pass the final exam are certified in Animal Care and Handling. The exam is given at the end of the class and certificates are awarded upon passing of the exam.

Cost: $39

Frequency and Duration: This course is offered up to twice a year depending on demand. It is a 12-hour class, held over two six-hour days.

How to Register

  • Online: You can register and pay for this course online. To register online you must pay by American Express, Discover, Visa or Master Card, or electronic check if you have both your account number and bank routing number. A 2.49% convenience fee will be added to the cost of the class when paying by credit card.Register and pay for this class.
  • In Person: You may also register for the class by going in person to the Citywide Licensing Center. Pay be certified check, money order, American Express, Discover, Visa or Master Card.

The Citywide Licensing Center
42 Broadway
Hours: All visits are by appointment only.

Location of Class

The Riverside Health Center
160 West 100th Street, 3rd Floor