Animal Care (Veterinary Assistant) - 5M2768

This course may be of interest to students who are considering pursuing a degree in Veterinary Nursing and animal care. It is also of particular relevance to those who have an interest in setting up their own Animal Grooming business or for those who wish to progress to further study.

This course is designed to

  • Prepare participants for entry to Higher Education Colleges eg IT Sligo / Athlone IT.

  • Gain practical competence in good work practices including an adherence to health and safety procedures in the workplace and animal welfare.

  • Allow the learner to develop the ability to exercise initiative in animal welfare.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent

  • Interview

  • Mature applicants welcome

  • Applicants whose first language is not English will require a competency as stated in our admissions policy here
  • Ukranian applicants should have a certificate of complete secondary education (after grade 11) or higher Click Here

Course Content

  • Animal Welfare 5N0753

  • Animal Anatomy & Physiology 5N0750

  • Safety and Health at Work 5N1794

  • Customer Service 5N0972

  • Communications 5N0690

  • Work Experience 5N1356

  • Animal Grooming 5N0752

  • Biology 5N2746

Optional Modules

Learners may also have the opportunity to study Maths (5N1833) as an extra module.


QQI Level 5 Award in Animal Care (5M2768)

How the course is taught

  • SCFE has developed a style of teaching to meet the needs of a diverse community of learners.

  • Whenever possible, we use a Learn-by-Doing approach to make the learning experience more realistic and enjoyable.

  • We provide learning supports that are tailored to meet the needs of individual learners.

Progression to Higher Education

The following are the most relevant courses;

TUS - Athlone

ATU - Sligo

Please note that all QQI Further Education graduates who hold a major Level 5 or Level 6 award are eligible to apply for any ATU Sligo programme through the CAO system.

ATU - Letterkenny

ATU - Galway


  • There are no fees to study this course


This is full-time one-year course and runs from September to May

For more information

Phone 071-9145480 or email [email protected]

Please Note

A new National Common Awards System (CAS) is being introduced by QQI for Further Education and Training programmes. Sligocfe reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the Institute and a student or third party.












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