Animal Health Care

This course is an ideal foundation for progression to careers in the animal health industry, from animal welfare, kennel manager, veterinary nursing to zoologist.

You will explore the animal industry in a science based, hands on and stimulating course. You will study animal handling, science, welfare and animal grooming, learning practical skills, gaining the knowledge and experience required to work directly with animals.

We have many professional links, and you will participate in a wide range of field trips to animal care contexts. This course is a foundation for careers and further study in the animal industry, and there are many progression options, including specialised entry to veterinary nursing, Animal Science, Science, Agricultural Science, Marine Biology and Zoology degree courses.

What Makes This Course Special?

  • Hands-on course, with animal handling experience
  • Learn practical skills and apply knowledge
  • Highly experienced animal science team
  • Great professional links
  • Opportunities for field trips
  • Excellent progression routes, including our own Level 6

Course Content

  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Grooming
  • Animal Welfare
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Veterinary Assisting Skills
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Progress to further study and careers including:

  • Veterinary Nursing
  • Animal Care Roles
  • Animal Welfare Organisations
  • Boarding Kennels
  • Catteries
  • Grooming Parlours
  • Large and Small Animal Clinics
  • Pet Shops
  • Stable Yards



Entry Requirements


  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Animal Care 5M2768
  • Canine First Responder – Certification of Participation


  • All course fees, from registration to exams and awarding body fees as well as course materials and equipment are covered.
    (see costs, fees and finance)

Garda Vetting
See the Garda Vetting details on the Entry Requirements Page

PLSS Code: 414682
Coordinator: Martina Redmond

Course is subject to minimum enrolment. The programme content shown is indicative and is subject to change according to Awarding Body requirements as well as enrolment and resources.