Project Description

Animal Health Care

5M-Science Faculty

PLSS Code: 281913
Coordinator:Martina Redmond

This course is an ideal gateway to careers in the animal industry, from animal welfare, kennel manager, vet 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 feld 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, Ag Science, Marine Biology and Zoology degree courses within Ireland.

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 & Physiology
  • Animal Grooming
  • Animal Welfare
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Small Animal Husbandry & Housing
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Progress to further study and careers including:

  • Animal Care Roles
  • Animal Welfare Organisations
  • Boarding Kennels
  • Catteries
  • Grooming Parlours
  • Large & Small Animal Clinics
  • Pet Shops
  • Stable Yards
  • animal-health-care-testimonial

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements.

QQI Level 5
Certificate in Animal Care 5M2768

Standard registration and QQI L5 exam costs (see costs, fees and finance) and €110 offsite workshops.

Additional Costs
Grooming Kit €130 average price
PPE Clothing Pack Required €30 average price

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

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Early Interview Option

Early interviews normally take place in May with the following round taking place in August.

An offer of a place does not guarantee a place - only full payment of fees will move an applicant to registered status. If an offer is not accepted in time and a course is full then applicants will be added to a waiting list and have the opportunity to apply for another course.

Note: This is a full-time course.