• Code: HW
  • Certification: QQI Level 5 Award in Animal Care (5M2768).
  • Duration: One Year


This one-year course is designed for those who wish to pursue a career working
with animals. The course covers a range of subjects which will encourage the
learner to develop the knowledge and skills to competently handle a range of
animals with an emphasis on dogs. Work experience is an integral part of this
course providing practical, hands on experience which will lead to a range of
Certification: training and career prospects.

Programme of Study

• Animal Anatomy and Physiology
• Communications
• Work Experience
• Animal Welfare
• Animal Grooming
• Veterinary Assisting Skills
• Animal Behaviour
• Small Animal Husbandry
Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:
• Leaving Certificate (minimum of five 06/H7’s or combination of five 06/H7’s) or its equivalent
• Leaving Certificate Applied Award
• QQI Level 4 Award
• Mature Applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications
Places are offered following successful interview. Learners are required to source their own work experience.

Career Opportunities

• Cattery/Dog Kennels
• Pet Shops
• Animal Sanctuaries
• Dog Grooming
• Education
• Veterinary Clinics
• Self-Employment

Higher Education Progression*

Learners may be eligible to progress to
selected higher education courses in
Ireland through the Higher Education Links
Scheme (HELS)
Animal Science - QQI Level 6 (6M5153)
• Dundalk IT:
Veterinary Nursing (DK784)
• Letterkenny IT:
Veterinary Nursing (LY847)

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