Project Description

Animal Science


PLSS Code: 281925

Coordinator:Martina Redmond

Animal Science is an advanced course, building on the occupational skills achieved at Level 5. It is a perfect stepup course to lead you to supervisory careers, or onto Higher Education studies.

The course includes a practical and theoretical study of the science of animal health and behaviour for domestic, farm and wild animals. You will also enhance your animal handling skills through ‘hands-on’ practical assignments including advanced grooming and a one week placement at an agricultural college. You can progress from this course to a wide range of animal science, veterinary and management degrees.

We have many professional links, and you will participate in a wide range of field trips to animal industry contexts.

What Makes This Course Special

  • Advanced study
  • Highly experienced animal science team
  • Detailed ‘hands on’ practical skills and knowledge
  • Great professional links including Dublin Zoo, Kildalton College & Tayto Park
  • Opportunities for fields trips and residential visits
  • Excellent progression routes, including Advanced Entry to HE

Course Content

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Grooming
  • Animal Science & Health
  • Kennel & Cattery Management
  • Large Animal Husbandry
  • Wild Animal Management
  • Communications
  • Work Practice
Animal Science Partners

Progress to further study and careers including:

  • Animal Health Sciences
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Animal Shelters
  • Animal Welfare
  • Animal Grooming
  • Boarding Kennels & Catteries
  • Pet Shops
  • Animal Sales
  • Stable Yards
  • Stud Farms
  • Veterinary Careers
  • Wildlife Tourism Parks
  • Zoology
  • Farming / Agricultural Industry
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Entry Requirements

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Animal Care or Equivalent. For more info see the page on Standard entry requirements.

QQI Level 6
Certificate in Animal Science 6M5153

Standard registration and QQI L6 exam costs (see costs, fees and finance) and €400 Residential Workshop

Additional Costs
If not already owned, you will need:
Grooming Kit €130 average price
PPE clothing Pack Required €30 average price


Garda Vetting
See the Garda Vetting details on the Entry Requirements Page

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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.