Animal Health Care

Award Title: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Animal Care
Programme Co-ordinator: Ana O’Donnell
Award Code: 5M2768
Course Code: 413665

Programme Description:

Animal Health Care encompasses the practices, knowledge and responsibilities in promoting the wellbeing and health of animals. This is a one-year, full-time programme that prepares learners to work in a range of settings or progress to further and higher education. Our course includes modules to provide a well-rounded education in the growing field of animal care. This course is specifically designed for learners who want the benefit of animal welfare, animal behaviour, veterinary skills and animal grooming to progress into a variety of careers in the animal care profession.

Component Awards:

  • Animal Welfare (5N0753)
  • Animal Anatomy & Physiology (5N0750)
  • Communications (5N0690)
  • Work Experience (5N1356)
  • Animal Behaviour (5N0751)
  • Animal Grooming (5N0752)
  • 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, animal grooming, 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.

“On signing up to do the Animal Health Care course I was unsure what to expect, having been away from the education system for nearly 15 years. However every day since has been both challenging, interesting and fun. The course is both academic and practical in equal measure ensuring an all-round educational experience. Overall doing the Animal Health Care course has been a fantastic experience and would recommend it to anyone with a love of working with animals.”

Jean – Animal Health Care