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-Created 16-02-2022

Animal Welfare

location Cathal Brugha/ North Strand Campus, D. 1

Course Category:   Animal Welfare
Duration:   1 Year
Entry Requirements
Entry Requirements

A student over 16 years seeking entry to this programme does not need a previous formal qualification. However, the student must demonstrate at interview the capacity to successfully participate on this programme. This includes both the academic and work experience elements of the programme. Should the student have previous qualifications, one of the following may be advantageous for admission to the programme:

Leaving Certificate/LCA
QQI Level 4 Award
Students who may not have formal academic requirements but who have the ability to successfully participate on the course will be considered. (RPL Recognition of Prior Learning)
Interview. You will be required to write a personal statement at Interview.
Note Students should note that some of the practical work on this course requires some physical effort and direct contact with animals. Consequently, students with any back problems, respiratory illnesses or allergies or indeed any other injuries or conditions should discuss this matter with the course coordinator at enrolment. You must have proof of a current tetanus vaccination. Applicants should have access to their own pets/animals for elements of this course.
Course Content
Animal Anatomy & Physiology
Word Processing
Animal Grooming
Animal Behaviour
Animal Welfare
Veterinary Assisting
Small Animal Husbandry & Housing
Maths- optional
Work Experience
Please note the components listed above may vary occasionally
You will have a mixture of classroom-based subjects, laboratory practicals, mandatory work placement (including a work shop in Dublin Zoo) and independent study. You will be expected to complete assignments throughout the year.

A full Award is granted on passing the relevant eight components. You will be assessed throughout and at the end of the year.(Continuous Assessment) On successful completion of each component, you will be awarded a Pass, a Merit or a Distinction grade.

Applicants with a passion for working with animals, a willingness to work hard and an interest in biology. You will be responsible for securing an appropriate off site work placement before the beginning of the course.
Learning Outcomes
Students may progress from Level 5 Award to participating Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) through the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme. This Award is a recognised and respected link with Vet Nursing degrees in UCD, DKIT (Dundalk), AIT (Athlone) and LYIT (Letterkenny). However this is a highly competitive route. The Award also links with Science & Bioscience degrees in DIT/TU Dublin. Animal Science Level 5 is a recognised link with UCD Science/Zoology Degree DN200, Ag. Science DN250 (Animal Science, Equine Science etc.) It also links with Wildlife Biology in IT Tralee and Freshwater Marine Biology in GMIT. On meeting the Entry Requirements for Sligo IT, through a special link, students are guaranteed places on many of their Level 6/7 science courses. The new Laboratory apprenticeships are also an option.

This Award is recognised by UK Colleges for Animal Welfare, Animal Behaviour and Veterinary Nursing degrees.

Animal Science can also act as a gateway into the animal industry. Past students are working in animal welfare organisations (Dogs Trust); safari parks (Tayto Safari Park); as Animal Care Assistants in veterinary clinics, pet stores, kennels, stables and in Dublin Zoo.
Awarding Body
Awarding Body:   QQI Level 5 Award in Animal Care
Start Date
Start Date:   Sep. 2023
Course provider information
Contact person:   Kilester College of Further Education
Course Email:
Contact:   +353 01 533 7126
Institute:   Cathal Brugha FET
Location:   Cathal Brugha/ North Strand Campus, D. 1

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