Course Description

Animal Care and Grooming

Dunboyne College of Further Education

This one-year course is designed to give students an introduction to the world of animal care and grooming. This course is designed to provide a combination of practical and theoretical tuition in all aspects of the animal care industry. It provides a hands-on, skills-based course which equips students with a fundamental knowledge of the animal care industry. The course has been designed to meet a growing demand in Ireland for people to work in the animal care services.


The following modules will be offered subject to availability / demand and may be subject to change:

• Animal Welfare • Animal Grooming • Animal Anatomy and Physiology • Teamwork • Safety and Health at Work • Work Experience • Animal Behaviour • Mathematics • Biology • Word Processing • Small Animal Husbandry and Housing • Customer Service • Reception and Frontline Office Skills • Information and Administration


• QQI Level 5 in Animal Care 5M2768 Canine First Aid

Course Code 5M2768
College Name Dunboyne College of Further Education
Course Category Agriculture & Veterinary, Animal Care
Course Type Classroom Based
Course Qualification Level 5 Certificate
Course Location Dunboyne, Meath, Ireland
Delivery mode Classroom based
Course Start Date 11th September 2023
Course End Date 17th May 2024
Course Duration One Year
Course Times Full time
Awarding Body QQI
Entry Requirements ENTRY REQUIREMENTS • Leaving Cert or LCA • Mature students of all backgrounds • Other equivalent qualification All applicants may be interviewed regardless of previous qualifications. Apply directly at
Career Path CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Students may seek immediate employment in the animal care industry; typical career opportunities are in the areas of animal grooming or animal health which may include pet shop, zoos and animal rescue centres. These industries and employers seek qualified and competent personnel. Graduates may also pursue courses in colleges and Technological Universities around the country or in the UK. Examples of linked courses include veterinary nursing and veterinary assistant courses in UCD, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Atlantic Technological University Letterkenny, Munster Technological University Tralee and Technological University of the Shannon Athlone. Progression is also possible to other Animal Science degrees including Agricultural Science, Animal Science, Bio Veterinary and Wildlife Biology degrees are available for progression. Students can also apply for general courses in UCD or TUD City Campus. EXAMPLES OF HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRESSION: UCD: DN310 Veterinary Nursing (Level 8, 4 Years) UCD: DN250 Animal Science (Zoology Option) (Level 8, 4 Years) Dundalk Institute of Technology: DK784 Veterinary Nursing (Level 7, 3 Years) Munster Technological University Tralee: TL858 Veterinary Biosciences (Level 8, 4 Years) Munster Technological University Tralee: TL851 Wildlife Biology (Level 8, 4 Years) Technological University of the Shannnon Athlone: AL842 BioVeterinary Science (Level 8, 4 Years) (Level 7, 3 Years) Animal Science (Level 6, 1 Year) Technological University of the Shannon Athlone: AL731 Veterinary Nursing (Level 7, 3 Years) Letterkenny IT: LY847 Veterinary Nursing (Level 7, 3 Years)
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01 8015968
Dunboyne Business Park, Dunboyne, Meath, Ireland

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Dunboyne College of Further Education
Dunboyne Business Park
Dunboyne, Meath
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