About Our Team



MJ'S Founder


Melissa Viera opened MJ’s Pet Training Academy in the spring of 2013 to provide people and animals with a positive and friendly place where they could learn and have fun. Helping pets and people, and making a difference in the pet care industry is what Melissa is most dedicated to. MJ’s provides training, grooming and enrichment to pets all over the SouthCoast and surrounding areas. 

Growing up, Melissa spent her free time training and showing her dogs, performing demos of tricks and freestyle, raising rabbits, and grooming all of the family dogs. She attended Bristol County Agricultural High School, where she studied Small Animal Science and was involved in FFA canine showmanship and grooming competitions. After high school, she went on to earn her Diploma in Dog Obedience Instruction, and become a Certified Trick Dog Instructor. 

Melissa always strives to go above and beyond for those she works with. Along with being the owner of MJ’s, she is also the founder of Positive Groomer, and she writes for pet industry magazines along with teaching seminars and workshops. 

She hopes to reach and inspire as many pet owners as she can so they too can enjoy the benefits of training and bonding with their pets.  Melissa is passionate about training, Positive Grooming, and the pet grooming industry.  She strives to make a difference within the industry. She also enjoys volunteering with her therapy rabbit, Viktor, and performing tricks dog shows at the local assisted living and nursing homes.

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Work with MJ


Our Team


The MJ’s team is made up of positive and skilled bathers and brushers, groomers and trainers. We all share a mission to provide the best care to the animals we work with. With multiple certifications in training, CPR and First Aid and years of combined experience as well as a love for the work, you will find a group of dedicated individuals at MJ’s.