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

Module Information

Animal Care/Animal Care Assistant

Level 5 QQI Award: Animal Care 5M2768

Course Content (Module and Codes)

 

Animal Anatomy and Physiology (5N0705)

The student will be facilitated to explore and understand how the different systems operate in various animal species. Students will be given the opportunity for hands on practical examination of the systems through dissections and skills demonstrations.

 Assessment: 5 Learner Record (30%), 5 Skills Demonstrations (30%), Examination (40%)

 

Animal Grooming (5N0752)

The student will learn how to groom a pet dog. The skills including correct shampooing, brushing out and finally clipping. The student will also learn how to notice signs of health and ill health of the dogs coat and skin.

Assessment: Practical skills exam and a written examination. The student shall also complete a learner record of dogs groomed during the year. 

 

Animal Welfare (5N0753)

Animal behaviour will facilitate the student in skill and competence of all aspects of animal welfare including domestication of animals and the provisions needed for the physical and mental wellbeing of both domestic and captive animals.

Assessment: This course is assessed using some skills demonstrations where the learner will demonstrate animal handling skills. The student will also complete a learner record of animal related activities during the year and there is also a written examination at the end of the year 

 

Animal Behaviour (5N0751)

Animal behaviour will facilitate the student in discussing how animals have adapted and the purpose of different reproductive strategies.

Through the course content and project/skills demonstration work, students will scientifically observe, measure, record and interpret a variety of animal behaviours and species. Additionally, developing the academic, vocational; literacy and numeracy skills related to animal behaviour.

Assessment: There is a project to be completed, a skills demonstration and an exam at the end of the year. 

 

Veterinary Assisting Skills (5N1363)

This course equips the student with the practical skills and knowledge of managing animals under supervision in a veterinary environment. The student will learn about the use of preventative healthcare, first aid and the care of animals in a veterinary hospital.  

Assessment:  This course is assessed by way of skills exams on animal handling and first aid and also a written exam at the end of the year. 

 

Small Animal Husbandry (5N1898)

This subject offers students a full hands-on experience with small animals. Students are given the opportunity to bring in their pets to demonstrate handling and restraint of animals and to discuss topics such as housing, behaviour and suitability as a pet.

Assessment:  3 Skills Demonstrations (30%), 1 Project (30%), Examination (40%)

 

Biology (5N2746)

The student will be facilitated to explore and develop and understanding of living things. Various aspects of the living world such as, micro-organisms, genetics and ecology will be investigated and assessed through experiments and skills demonstrations.

Assessment: 5 Learner records (25%) 5 Skills Demonstrations (25%) Examination (50%)

 

Word Processing (5N1358)

The Student will learn how to navigate and create word documents. This course will improve the student confidence in improving the presentation of documents created on a computer.

Assessment:  A number of assignments during the year and a written exam at the end of the year. 

 

Work Experience (5N1356)

The student will complete a period of work placement in an aspect of the animal industry. This might include, grooming, retail, veterinary clinics, stables, or animal shelters.  This course will equip the student to prepare for this period of work experience, create a CV  and understand employment law.  The student will gain a greater awareness of their employment or further education options.

Assessment: A learner record shall be completed for the period of the work placement, there are also a number of assignments to be completed during the year. 

 

Communications (5N0690)

Learners gain the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to communicate verbally and nonverbally in standard everyday tasks and in work-related situations, operating independently and under general direction.

Assessment: Collection of Work (50%) and Skills Demonstration (50%)

 

Mathematics (5N1833)

Acquire mathematical skills in problem solving and mathematical investigations in the following areas: mathematical modelling, statistics and probability, graphing functions, differential and integral calculus, complex numbers and trigonometry.

Assessment:  2 assignments (30% each), an Examination (40%).

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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