• Code: HI
  • Certification: QQI Level 5  Award in Applied Science – Animal Care (5M2768).
  • 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

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 2 H5’s, one of which must be Biology Extenuating circumstances may be considered
  • Mature Applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

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*


  • Animal Science - QQI Level 6 (6M5153)


  • Veterinary Nursing (DN310)
  • Animal Science-Equine-Agricultural Science (DN250)

Dundalk IT:

  • Veterinary Nursing (DK784)

TUS - Technological University of the Shannon (Athlone Campus):

  • Veterinary Nursing (AL731)
  • BSc (Hons) in Bio Veterinary Science (AL842)

ATU - Atlantic Technological University (Letterkenny Campus):

  • Veterinary Nursing (LY847)


  • Equine Science (LM093)
Course Co-Ordinator

Evelyn Dixon

Where are they now?

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

kellie phelan"After completing the Animal Care & Management at BIFE I progressed on to study Veterinary Nursing at UCD. Going to BIFE for me was a really beneficial and enjoyable year and not only made me confident that I wanted to go down the Veterinary Nursing path, but also prepared me for college and the different approach to teaching and learning that is taken in colleges. The course was a mix of practical classes and lectures which made for a really nice balance, it was great that topics which were covered in the modules were all applicable for my work experience which I did in a vets. I also enjoyed the grooming classes which gave me a lot of experience handling dogs which is a really important aspect of Veterinary Nursing. I hope to finish my four years in UCD to become a qualified Vet Nurse and to specialise in Equine Vet Nursing." - Kellie Phelan

​"I chose to go to BIFE despite living in Dublin and facing a 2 hour journey each day to and from the college as I had met past students who loved the course. The tutors were always extremely friendly and willing to help you do your best whether it was smaller assignments or final exams. The course was set in such a way that ensured all modules were easy to follow and interesting. I came to BIFE with the strict mindset that I would go on to further education to study Veterinary Nursing. However, each module was so captivating that I am now looking at Veterinary Nursing, a career in Animal Welfare or opening my own business. Either way, I plan to study the Level 6 Animal Science course in BIFE to further develop the skills they have given me. I loved the course and would highly recommend studying in BIFE for anyone looking to have a career in the care and welfare of animals." - Laura Higgins

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