Project Description

Animal Science


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 practical and theoretical study of the science of animal health and animal behaviour for domestic, farm and wild animals. You will also enhance your animal handling skills through ‘hands-on’ practical assignments, and explore the wider animal industry. 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
  • 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

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

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

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 €100 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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