QQI Level 5 Certificate in Animal Care



Programme Coordinator: 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 and Physiology (5N0750)
  • Communications (5N0690)
  • Work Experience (5N1356)
  • Animal Behaviour (5N0751)
  • Animal Grooming (5N0752)
  • Small Animal Housing and Husbandry (5N1898)
  • Biology (5N2746)

Minimum 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.


A grooming kit, tunic and textbooks are required.  The college also charges a fee towards field-trips and excursions.  Costs will be outlined at interview.

Additional Training:

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