• 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
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.

Places are offered following successful interview.

Career Opportunities

Cattery/Dog Kennels
Pet Shops
Animal Sanctuaries
Dog Grooming
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.

Athlone IT:

Veterinary Nursing (AL731)  
Bioveterinary science (AL842) 

Tralee IT:

Animal Bioscience (TL758)
Wildlife Biology (TL851)
Veterinary Biosciences (TL858)

Course Co-Ordinator

Hilda Harty

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