• Code: HJ
  • Certification:QQI Level 6  Award in Animal Science – Animal Care (6M5153).                                                                              City & Guilds Award in Animal Management  Level 5 equivalence on the NFQ
  • Duration: One Year


This one year course is uniquely designed for those who wish to progress to a career in animal care at a supervisory level. It offers a broad range of subjects to encourage learners to explore different aspects of animal care and husbandry for both companion and exotic animals. The learner has the opportunity to seek work experience in a variety of settings. The learner will study towards a QQI award in Animal Science at Level 6. They may also achieve a City & Guilds Certificate/ Subsidiary Diploma in Animal Management.

Programme of Study


  • Animal Behaviour
  • Canine Obedience and Training
  • Kennel and Cattery Management
  • Wild Animal Management
  • Animal Grooming
  • Animal Science & Health
  • Work Experience
  • Customer Service


  • Understand Animal Welfare and Breed Development
  • Undertake Kennel and Cattery Management
  • Understand the Principles of Zoological Animal Health and Husbandry

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • QQI Level 5 Award in Animal Care
  • Mature learners – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Learners are required to source their own work experience.

Career Opportunities
  • Veterinary Clinics
  • Cattery/Dog Kennels
  • Animal Sanctuaries
  • Self-Employment
  • Dog Grooming
  • Education
  • Pet Shops
Higher Education Progression*

Learners may be eligible to progress to selected higher education courses in Ireland through the Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS) and in Britain.

ATU – Atlantic Technological University (Galway / Mayo):

  • Applied Freshwater & Marine Biology (AU655)

ATU (Donegal Campus):

  • Science (Common Entry) (AU270)

MTU - Munster Technological University, (Tralee Campus):

  • Animal Bioscience (MT781)
  • Wildlife Biology (MT880)
  • Veterinary Bioscience (MT881)
Course Co-Ordinator

Hilda Harty

Where are they now?

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

ama carmoy"I am a French girl who arrived two years ago in Ireland, I finally found the studies that interested me. I have just graduated from level 6 in Animal Science but started last year with level 5 in Animal Care. This course helped me to learn about animals in a professional way. The lessons are varied, from grooming to canine obedience and others, you can find what you prefer for your job. Teachers are friendly, help their students and lead them to success. I am very proud to have been part of this school.  The lessons are well made, really interactive and allow us to gain confidence for our work experiences. I could thrive in dog grooming last year and this year in a vet clinic. Right after my internship, I’ve been offered a job in this clinic. I can only recommend this college to anyone who wants to devote their career to animal welfare. A big thank you to all the teaching staff."  - Amandine Carmoy

laura higgins"I have just graduated from my second and final year in the college and can truthfully say that as a direct result of the incredible lessons and training I got throughout both the Level 5 Animal Care and Management course and the Level 6 Animal Science Industry Course, that I have been presented with so many incredible opportunities in my sector. I was offered a Veterinary Nursing Degree in Dundalk IT, advanced my skills in Canine Training, Animal Behaviour, First Aid and so much more. After graduating, I was offered a job in a newly established Dog Groomers and Day care that has allowed me to utilize the skills I learned from both courses combined. The training given to me by my tutors has been invaluable and has allowed me to excel in the Animal Industry. Throughout the two years, the tutors were extremely friendly and thrived to ensure students success. The courses are set in such a way that all modules are incredibly interesting and easy to follow. I loved my two years at BIFE and would highly recommend studying here for anyone looking to have a career in the care and welfare of animals." - Laura Higgins

​"I am currently studying Veterinary Nursing in UCD. On average, four students throughout Ireland gain entry to the Veterinary Nursing course through QQI entry.   I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of them.  I honestly do not feel that I could have achieved this without my time spent studying in BIFE.  In BIFE, I studied Animal Care, QQI Level 5, followed by Animal Science at QQI Level 6.  The teachers and learning structures of these courses and BIFE in general pushed me to achieve higher than I had imagined, giving me the motivation to further pursue my dream career in Veterinary Nursing." - Sarah Kennedy 

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