Course Description

This one-year Animal Care Assistant 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 or demand and are subject to change:

• Animal Welfare
• Animal AandP
• Communications
• Work Experience
• Animal Behaviour
• Veterinary Assisting skills
• Office and frontline
• Biology
• Maths
• Word Processing
• Dog Grooming

• Level 5 Animal Care 5M2768
• Canine First Aid

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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 16th September 2024
Course End Date 23rd May 2025
Course Duration One Year
Course Times Full time
Awarding Body QQI
Entry Requirements ENTRY REQUIREMENTS • Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or; • Mature Students or; • Other equivalent qualifications All applicants will be interviewed regardless of previous qualifications. Apply directly at
Career Path 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 centers. 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. Students can also apply for general courses in UCD or TUD City Campus. EXAMPLES OF HIGHER EDUCATIONPROGRESSION: UCD: DN310 Veterinary Nursing (Level 8, 4 Years) UCD: DN250 Animal Science (Zoology Option) (Level8, 4 Years) DKIT: DK784 Veterinary Nursing (Level 7, 3 Years) MTU Tralee: MT881 Veterinary Biosciences(Level 8, 4 Years) MTU Tralee: MT880 Wildlife Biology(Level 8, 4 Years) TUS Athlone: US867 BioVeterinary Science(Level 8, 4 Years) TUS Athlone: US738 Veterinary Nursing(Level 7, 3 Years) ATU Donegal: AU271 Veterinary Nursing(Level 7, 3 Years) Level 7 or level 8 degrees at technological universities around the country.
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Dunboyne College of Further Education
Dunboyne Business Park
Dunboyne, Meath
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