Animal Care

with Veterinary Skills

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

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.

Component Awards:

  • Animal Welfare (5N0753)
  • Animal Anatomy & Physiology (5N0750)
  • Communications (5N0690)
  • Work Experience (5N1356)
  • Animal Behaviour (5N0751)
  • Animal Grooming (5N0752)
  • Small Animal Housing and Husbandry (5N1898)
  • Biology (5N2746)
  • Veterinary Assisting Skills (5N1363)

Entry Requirements:

  • Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent
  • Successful completion of an interview
  • Mature applicants will be assessed on their relevant work experience.


  • 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, general science, wildlife biology and veterinary nursing.

Additional Training:

There are a number of optional additional courses offered throughout training as well as presentations by guest speakers and educational trips to zoos, animal and bird sanctuaries and whale watching.

“On signing up to do the Animal 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 Care course has been a fantastic experience and would recommend it to anyone with a love of working with animals.”

Jean – Animal Care 2023