• Code: HI
  • Certification: QQI Level 5  Award in Applied Science – Animal Care (5M2768). City & Guilds Certificate Level 5 equivalence on the NFQ in Animal Management
  • Duration: One Year


This one-year course is one of the few courses of its kind in Ireland. It offers a broad range of subjects relating to animal care and husbandry. The learner studies for the QQI Animal Care award and a City & Guilds Certificate in Animal Management. These awards will enable learners to pursue a career in the animal care industry both at home and abroad. Work Experience is an integral part of this course providing practical, hands-on experience which will lead to a range of training and career prospects.

Programme of Study


  • Animal Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biology
  • Animal Welfare
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • Animal Grooming
  • Information and Communication Systems
  • Veterinary Assisting Skills
  • Mathematics


  • Understand and Promote Animal Health
  • Manage Animal Accommodation
  • Plan and Monitor Animal Feeding

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate with two subjects at higher level, one of which must be Biology
  • 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
  • Veterinary Clinics
  • Animal Sanctuaries
  • Dog Grooming
  • Pet Shops
  • Cattery/Dog Kennels
  • Self-Employment
Higher Education Progression*


  • Veterinary Nursing (DN310)

Dundalk IT:

  • Veterinary Nursing (DK784)

Athlone IT:

  • Veterinary Nursing (AL731)

Letterkenny IT:

  • Veterinary Nursing (LY847)

Universities in Great Britain & Northern Ireland


  • Animal Science - FETAC Level 6 (6M5153)
Course Co-Ordinator

Evelyn Dixon

Where are they now?

Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course...

​"I enrolled in BIFE as a mature student.  I had decided to to change my career path and that I needed to be working with animals.  When I began work experience in a veterinary clinic, I realised that Veterinary Nursing would be an ideal vocation for me.  I applied and was offered a place in Veterinary Nursing in Athlone I.T.  I am very grateful to all the teachers in BIFE for their support and encouragement.  All the subjects taught are relevant to the degree I am doing now, so I entered first year in college somewhat more knowledgeable than my peers.  I can't recommend BIFE highly enough." - Tamara Finn 

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