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Laurie Yost CPACO - Certified Pet Care Professionals


There are three levels of PACCC certification: Certified Professional Animal Care Provider (CPACP), Manager (CPACM), and Operator (CPACO). The exams are appropriate for the position level one holds in the industry. To initially qualify for the exams, the following individuals had to meet significant minimum education and work experience requirements, as well as provide letters of reference from veterinarians and other pet care industry professionals. They then had to successfully pass an in-depth exam, conducted in-person at an approved PACCC testing location.  The first level of certification is CPACP, followed by CPACM which requires an increased level of education and experience, and then CPACO which requires even more. An advanced certification level does not require initial certification at another level. For example, becoming a CPACM does not require initial certification as a CPACP. The exams are appropriate for the position level the professional holds in the industry.

By becoming independently certified, these professionals are pet care pioneers and leaders in pet safety. To remain certified, a minimum amount of continuing education credits must be met.

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Laurie Yost , CPACO

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Playful Pups Retreat Work Elizabethtown PA Work Phone: 717-689-3408 Website: www.playfulpupsretreat.com

I opened Playful Pups Retreat in 2010 after many years of wishing our area had an upscale pet care option.  We pride ourselves on providing a safe, fun and healthy place for our furry guests and on providing superior care and peace of mind for our human clients.


Playful Pups Retreat has two locations in Elizabethtown, PA.  Our Milton Grove Rd location offers luxury overnight lodging on 19 wooded acres and an array of fun and mentally stimulating activities to keep our furry guests engaged and having a great time while the staying with us. We tailor every dog’s stay to meet their unique characteristics and ensure that they receive lots of love and attention when they are away from home


Our Hershey Road location offers Traditional and Enrichment Doggie Daycare, as well as our amazing Puppy Social Skills daycare program designed specifically to help confidence blossom and develop important life skills. We also have a nice assortment of group training classes available to help dog parents have the best relationship possible with their furry family members. Playful Pups also has the best Doggie Splashpad in Central PA for our water loving guests!


I also founded Pitties.Love.Peace, a 501c3organization, which dedicated to helping dogs in need throughout Central PA in 2011. My life is truly fulfilled caring for dogs,  both those who are well-loved and have a family, and those waiting to be adopted.

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