Advanced Certificate in Animal Healthcare/Animal Care Assistant

Level 6 QQI Award

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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 Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Grooming
  • Animal Welfare
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Small Animal Husbandry and Housing
  • Veterinary Assisting Skills
  • Biology
  • Word Processing
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • Mathematics

Module Information


No module information available at this time

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Certification

  • Level 6 QQI Award Animal Science (6M5153)

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).

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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