Animal Care

Animal Care 5M2768

What is animal care?

This one-year course is designed to give students an introduction to the world of veterinary nursing, animal care and grooming. This course is designed to provide a combination of practical and theoretical tuition in all aspects of the animal care industry. It provides a hands-on, skills-based course which equips students with a fundamental knowledge of the animal care industry. The course has been designed to meet a growing demand in Ireland for people to work in the animal care services.

Course content

The following modules will be offered in 2019 subject to availability and demand:

• Animal Welfare

• Animal Grooming

• Animal Anatomy & Physiology

• Communications

• Safety and Health at Work

• Work Experience

• Animal Behaviour

• Mathematics

• Biology

• Word Processing


QQI Level 5 in 5M2768 Animal Care. Canine first Aid

Career opportunities

Students may seek immediate employment in the animal care industry; typical career opportunities are in the areas of veterinary nursing, animal grooming or animal health which may include pet shop, zoos and animal rescue centres. These industries and employers seek qualified and competent personnel. Graduates may also pursue courses in colleges and ITs around the country or in the UK. Examples of linked courses include veterinary nursing and veterinary assistant courses in UCD, DIT, Dundalk IT, Letterkenny IT, Cork IT, Tralee IT, and Athlone Institute of Technology Students can also apply for general courses like Science in UCD where there are 30 places or DIT which has access to four programmes.

Higher Education Progression

UCD: DN310 Veterinary Nursing (Level 8, 4 Years) Dundalk IT: DK784 Veterinary Nursing (Level 7, 3 Years)

UCD: DN250 EQS Animal Science Equine (Level 8, 4 Years)

Entry requirements
  • Leaving Cert, LCVP or LCA
  • Mature Students of all backgrounds
  • Other equivalent qualification

All applicants will be interviewed regardless of previous qualifications.