This course is an ideal gateway to careers in the animal industry, from animal welfare, kennel manager, vet to zoologist. You will explore the animal industry in a science based, hands-on and stimulating course. You will study animal handling, science, welfare and animal grooming, learning practical skills, gaining the knowledge and experience required to work directly with animals.
We have many professional links, and you will participate in a wide range of feld 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 & Housing
- Work Experience
Progress to further study and careers including:
- Animal Care Roles
- Animal Welfare Organisations
- Boarding Kennels
- Grooming Parlours
- Large & Small Animal Clinics
- Pet Shops
- Stable Yards
QQI Level 5 Certificate in Animal Care 5M2768
Standard registration and QQI L5 exam costs (see costs, fees and finance) and €75 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
Early interviews normally take place in May. Late applications take place in Aug and early September. 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.