• Code: HT
  • 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 setting up their own animal care business or working at a supervisory level in a range of animal establishments. It offers a broad range of subjects to encourage learners to explore different aspects of companion animal management. 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


  • Canine Obedience and Training
  • Kennel and Cattery Management
  • Animal Grooming
  • Animal Science & Health
  • Humans, Animals and Society
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Work Experience
  • Customer Service


  • Understand Animal Welfare and Breed Development
  • Undertake Kennel and Cattery Management
  • Undertake Pet Store Design and Animal Management

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

  • Applied Freshwater & Marine Biology (AU655)

MTU - Munster Technological University, (Tralee Campus):

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

Hilda Harty

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