Karla Addington Smith, IJA Judge





Vanessa Parsons, is an International Master Groomer with IGC, and an Australian Ambassador for Oster & Botany Bay Imports. She is a stylist with over 27 years’ experience in the grooming industry and the proud owner and breeder of Miniature Schnauzers.

Beginning her grooming career after school at age 13 and at the age of 16 Vanessa bought that same salon. Years later she worked in the mobile grooming industry and her business was one of the most successful long standing mobile services on the Gold Coast. 

Vanessa is the Owner and proprietor of Country Canines Grooming Salon located on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. 

Vanessa has continued to enhance her education and status in the pet industry:

  • She was certified as a CMG, then later went on to achieve her ICMG and was a certifier for IPG for several years. 

  • She is an International Master Groomer with IGC

  • She has a Cert 3 & 4 at Masters Level in Pet Grooming with IGC 

  • Is currently an assessor for International Grooming Company (IGC) National and Industry recognized qualifications for grooming.

  • Vanessa completed her Certified Companion Animal Hygienist certificate

  • She has a Cert IV in training and assessment

Vanessa’s career experience and achievements in the dog grooming competition world include: 

  • Started Competing nationally and internationally in 2009 

  • A non touring member of Groom Team Australia 2009 

  • A touring member of Groom Team Australia for 2014/2015 in which she represented Australia in terrier class in Italy at the world cup with her amazing teammates. 

  • 3 Best in Shows - with 3 different breeds

  • Runner up for best in show and multiple group wins. 

  • Queensland Royal state grooming champion winner for 2012 & 2013 and  

  • Multiple placings within Australia & USA

  • Acted as the grooming director for the Pet Industry Association of Australia for over 2 years and was proud to represent groomers


Vanessa has also judged grooming competitions within Australia and in Singapore and is an industry speaker at grooming seminars around Australia.

Vanessa loves competing, spending time with her grooming friends and witnessing this industry grow and flourish.

She has a passion for learning and teaching. Many groomers and future competition champions will benefit from her training, assistance, experience & encouragement.