Animal Care with Veterinary Skills

Award Title: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Animal Care
Programme Co-ordinator: Ana O’Donnell
Award Code: 5M2768
Course Code: 413635

Programme Description:

This is a one-year, full-time programme that prepares students to work in a range of settings that provide direct care to animals or progress to further and higher education. Our course includes a veterinary assisting skills module to provide a well-rounded education in the growing field of Animal care with veterinary skills. Veterinary skills encompasses a wide range of abilities and knowledge for learners to work in the field of veterinary medicine. Learners will gain a diverse set of skills to effectively care for a wide range of animals and ensure their wellbeing.

Component Awards:

  • Animal Welfare (5N0753)
  • Animal Anatomy & Physiology (5N0750)
  • Communications (5N0690)
  • Work Experience (5N1356)
  • Animal Behaviour (5N0751)
  • Small Animal Husbandry & Housing (5N1898)
  • Biology (5N2746)
  • Veterinary Assisting Skills (5N1363)


  • Direct entry to the industry, working with animals in a variety of settings including veterinary clinics, boarding kennels, animal welfare organisations, canine training, dog grooming and pet shops.
  • Opportunities to progress to further and higher education in various fields including applied biology, animal science, general science, wildlife biology and veterinary nursing.

Additional Activities:

Additional short courses may be offered as well as presentations by guest speakers and educational trips to zoos, animal and bird sanctuaries and canine first aid.