When it comes to dog grooming, Lynn Carver, who lives in Salt Lake City and owns Shear Elegance pet salon in Orem, is a cut above the rest.

Cardinal Laboratories, a manufacturer of pet supplies, recently named Carver the American Groomer of the Year during the third annual Crystal Achievement Awards Ceremony in Elizabeth, New Jersey.In the grooming world, the honor is equivalent to receiving an Academy Award.

Members of the pet industry throughout the country voted Carver as the top groomer. Nominees for the award are judged on grooming ability, professional spirit and attitude, integrity, courtesy, sportsmanship, humaneness and professional accomplishments during the previous year.

Carver groomed her first dog when she was 10, following in the footsteps of her mother, who groomed the family's show dogs in their home in Spring Canyon, Carbon County. She has won numerous prestigious awards, including being named Best All-Around Groomer seven times in competitions around the country. Carver's edge in competition is her scissoring technique and versatility.