Fast Facts


Animal Career Academy is the first school of its kind in the U.S. to focus on learning the fundamentals of companion animals before – or while – acquiring the vocational skills to work with them.

ACA is affiliated with the full-service facility DoGone Fun! which provides service to over 125 dogs a day. This means each student has the opportunity to have hands-on experience with a great variety of dogs.



ACA is located in the South Loop just blocks from downtown Chicago. The #29, #62, buses run directly in front of our building at 1705 S. State Street, and there is easy access from CTA’s Cermak-Chinatown Red Line stop, Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line stops. The orange, red, and green lines also stop about 5 blocks away at Roosevelt Road. We are only 4 to 8 blocks away from every major expressway. View Map


We currently offer 5 career programs focused on dogs:

- Dog Grooming School

- Dog Training School

- Pet Massage Therapist School

- Pet Caregiver School

- Pet Business School


- Cost and time requirements vary according to complexity of skills learned.
- Maximum student to teacher ratio in vocational courses is 4 to 1.
- ACA is planning to add courses and career programs to other companion animals.