Animal Care/Animal Care Assistant

Level 5 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:

  • Leaving Certificate Established/ LCVP
  • Leaving Certificate Applied
  • Relevant Level 4 QQI Award
  • Mature applicants are welcome
  • As there is an emphasis on the science subjects, Biology, Animal Anatomy and Physiology, a background in science would be desirable, but not essential.

Course Modules

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

Module Information


No module information available at this time

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Certification

  • Level 5 QQI Award Animal Care (5M2768)
  • AniEd Canine First Responder Certificate

Progression Opportunities

DFEi: Graduates may progress to the Level 6 QQI Advanced Certificate in Animal Health Care at DFEi.
Elsewhere: Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes, at both 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 Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology (GA770 and GA780)

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

BSc in Veterinary Nursing (DN310)

Bachelor of Science (DN200)

Bachelor of Agricultural Science (DN250)

University College Dublin

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

Leah O’Neill

Class of 2017. Employed as riding instructor in Corballils Farm in Donabate.
"When I graduated from DFEi I immediately got a job as a riding instructor in Corballis Farm in Donabate. It is a trekking and therapeutic centre and also a working…

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Leah O’Neill

Class of 2017. Employed as riding instructor in Corballils Farm in Donabate.
"When I graduated from DFEi I immediately got a job as a riding instructor in Corballis Farm in Donabate. It is a trekking and therapeutic centre and also a working farm.  I did my work experience there and after that they offered me a job. I loved the course in DFEi. It was more than what I had expected. I found the modules so interesting, the Veterinary modules and animal grooming were my favourite. The grooming facilities in DFEi are far better than another training place I have seen.  I am delighted I did the course. It opened up many doors for me."

Course Coordinator

Sinead Byrne

Sinead Byrne

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