Advanced Certificate in Animal Healthcare/Animal Care Assistant

Level 6 QQI Award

Duration

One Year

Overview

This course is designed to equip learners with the knowledge and the skills to work in a variety of areas within the Animal Health Care sector, or to progress to Higher Education through the Higher Education Links Scheme. Learners will study core areas of Animal Health Care and are enabled to put theory into practice through experiential learning in a fully equipped Animal Health Care Suite. This course is delivered by specialists who are currently practising within the profession. Regular field trips and the handling of a wide variety of animals are key features of this course. 

Listen back  to Tara Lovett, practicing Vet and  teacher explain why she loves teaching on this course

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Level 5 QQI Award in Animal Care
  • Mature applicants with relevant experience are welcome

Course Modules

  • Animal Science and Health
  • Large Animal Husbandry
  • Wild Animal Management
  • Animal Grooming Advanced
  • Canine Obedience and Training
  • Work Experience
  • Customer Service
  • Kennel and Cattery Management
  • Mathematics (Optional)
Module Information

Module Information

Advanced Certificate in Animal Health Care/Advanced Care Assistant

Level 6 QQI Award: Animal Science (6M5153)

Course Content (Module and Codes)

 

Animal Science and Health (6N5565)

This subject allows the student to research and develop their understanding of various animal species through self-directed project work. Students will also cover a variety of topics such as: nutrition, evolution, genetics and laboratory skills required to work with animals.

Assessment:  Project (30%), 3 Skills Demonstrations (30%) and Examination (40%)

 

Large Animal Husbandry (6N5567)

This course will equip the learner with a detailed knowledge of the handling skills required for working with farm animals, the sheep, horse, and cow. The student will also gain knowledge of the husbandry of these species.

Assessment: The student will complete a project on the husbandry of the species and there is also skills examinations on large animal handling. 

 

Wild Animal Management (6N5570)

This module equips the learner with knowledge and skill to understand the requirements of wild native animal species. The learner will gain an understanding of the first aid needed by wild animals including their rehabilitation and release.

Assessment: This module is assessed by a learner record being produced by the student of their interactions with wild animals over the course of the year. There is a project to be completed on a wild animal conservation organisation of the students choice and at the end of the year a written examination. 

 

Animal Grooming Advanced (6N6226)

The student will learn some advanced grooming techniques. This will include an understanding of the clips required for the showing of certain dog breeds. The student will also explore how a grooming business might be set up and run.

Assessment:  There is a written assignment, a learner record, a skills examination and a written examination at the end of the year. 

 

Canine Obedience and Training (6N6228)

This module equips the student to understand all aspects of canine behaviour. The student will learn the skills necessary to run a basic beginner training class. The student will gain knowledge on the principles of canine learning and the theory behind this.

Assessment: The student will complete a number of skills assessment of basic training tasks with their own dog and also complete a skill examination on giving a training class to a group of beginners. The student will complete a project on a dog training organisation of their choice and at the end of the year there is a written exam. 

 

Kennel and Cattery Management (6N5585)

To give students the theory, techniques; legal and health considerations to aid in the setting up and management of a kennel or cattery.  To foster great caring skills, ethical principles and knowledge to deal with behavioural  issues and security.

Assessment: There will be a project, skills examinations and a written examination at the end of the year. 

 

Work Experience (6N1946)

The learner will gain skills and a theoretical understanding of a general supervisory nature of their work in a specific animal related workplace. This work experience will take place over 6 weeks.

Assessment:  The assessment is a number of written assignments on aspects of work related law. A learner's record will be completed of their experience over 6 weeks in an animal related area. The report of their supervisor in the animal workplace will form an important part of their assessment.

                                                                                                                              

Customer Service  (6N0679)

Customer Service is important in all organisations, whether commercial or not-for-profit.  This module aims to equip the student with the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to direct quality customer service within a work, social or voluntary environment, independently and or in a supervisory capacity.

Assessment: Skills Demonstrations 50%, Written Assignments 50%

 

Mathematics (5N1833)

The learner will gain  skills and a theoretical understanding of a general supervisory nature of their work in a specific animal related workplace. This work experience will take place over 6 weeks.

Assessment:  The assessment is a number of written assignments on aspects of work related law, a learner record will be completed of their experience over 6 weeks in an animal related area. The report of their supervior in the animal workplace will form an important part of their assessment.

Certification

  • Level 6 QQI Award Animal Science (6M5153)

Additional Information

Students as part of this programme must complete six weeks' work placement: five weeks in a veterinary practice and one weeks' compulsory residential course in an agrictural college (to gain large farm animal experience).

Progression Opportunities

Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes, both at Universities and Institutes of Technology.

Progression Examples

BSc in Veterinary Nursing (AL731)

Athlone Institute of Technology

BSc in Veterinary Nursing (DK784)

Dundalk Institute of Technology

BSc in Wildlife Biology (TL852)

Advanced entry into 2nd Year

Institute of Technology Tralee

BSc in Veterinary Nursing (LY847)

Advanced entry into 2nd Year

Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Career Paths

Graduates may seek employment in: veterinary clinics, dog grooming parlours, pet shops, catteries/ dog kennels, animal welfare organisations, agricultural, science industries, farms (including petting farms), zoos, wildlife parks, and self-employment (both in Ireland and abroad).

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Accreditations

Angela McDermott

2017 graduate. Currently studying Agricultural Science in UCD.
"I loved the course in DFEi. Some of the modules like Animal Grooming were very hands on while others were more academic like Anatomy. I liked the variety.  I applied through the…

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Angela McDermott

2017 graduate. Currently studying Agricultural Science in UCD.
"I loved the course in DFEi. Some of the modules like Animal Grooming were very hands on while others were more academic like Anatomy. I liked the variety.  I applied through the higher links programme to Agricultural Science in UCD and I got a place.  I am hoping to specialise in equine after my first year."

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