This course is an ideal foundation for careers in the pet and animal care industry, with a special emphasis on setting up your own business. Perfect for entrepreneurial students with aspirations to work in, or start their own, animal care business, including Kennels/Catteries, Pet shops, Dog Groomers, Animal-Assisted therapies to Canine First Responders.
You explore the animal industry in a science-based, hands-on and stimulating course covering animal handling, science, welfare and animal grooming. Students learn the practical skills, knowledge and experience required to work directly with animals, including in managing small mammals. You will also learn business skills required for successful participation in industry.
We have many professional links, and you will participate in a wide range of field trips to animal care contexts. This course is a foundation for careers and further study in the animal industry, and there are many progression options, including our own Level 6 Animal Science course.
What Makes This Course Special?
- Hands-on course, with Animal Handling Experience
- Learn Practical Skills and Apply Knowledge
- Highly Experienced Animal Science Team
- Great professional links
- Opportunities for Field Trips
- Excellent Progression Routes, including our own Level 6
- Animal Anatomy & Physiology
- Animal Grooming
- Animal Welfare
- Small Animal Husbandry and Housing
- Business Administration and Skills
- Start your own business
- Work Experience
Progress to further study and careers including:
- Animal Care Roles
- Animal Welfare Organisations
- Boarding Kennels
- Animal Parks and Zoos
- Grooming Parlours
- Large & Small Animal Clinics
- Pet Shops
- Stable Yards
- Animal Assisted Therapy
QQI Level 5 Certificate in Animal Care 5M2768
Standard registration and QQI L5 exam costs (see costs, fees and finance) and €90 offsite workshops.
Grooming Kit & Text Book €136 average price
PPE Clothing Pack Required €30 average price
See the Garda Vetting details on the Entry Requirements Page
Early Interview Option
Apply before 29 April 2020 for the opportunity of an early interview, Early interviews normally take place in May.
Apply before August 2020 for a later interview. An offer of a place does not guarantee a place – only full payment of fees will move an applicant to registered status. If an offer is not accepted in time and a course is full then applicants will be added to a waiting list and have the opportunity to apply for another course.
Note: This is a full-time course.