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Animal Care |FREE*

-Created 17-02-2022

Animal Welfare

location Clash Road/Listowel

Course Title:   Animal Care |FREE*
Course Category:   Animal Welfare
Duration:   38 weeks
Entry Requirements
• Applicants must be 16+ years of age on entry to the course.
• Leaving Cert, LCVP, LCA or QQI Level 4 Major Award.
• Mature applicant route available for applicants aged 23+.
• Competent written and spoken English (CEFR B1 or Higher).
• Non-EU/EEA applicants must have permission to work in Ireland.
• Must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course.
• Applicants must have no animal related allergies.
• Must have a demonstrable interest in working with animals and be willing to work in outdoor environments.
• Experience working or volunteering with animals is an advantage but not essential.
• Garda vetting is a requirement for this programme and participation is subject to a satisfactory outcome of the Garda vetting process.
Course Content
• Animal Anatomy and Physiology (5N0750)
• Animal Behaviour (5N0751)
• Animal Grooming (5N0752)
• Animal Welfare (5N0753)
• Biology (5N2746)
• Communications (5N0690)
• Mathematics (5N1833)
• Veterinary Assisting Skills (5N1363)
• Work Practice (5N1433)
This course provides learners with fascinating insights into the health care, grooming, welfare needs and behaviour of a wide variety of small animals.


Learners may progress to Veterinary Nursing in
• Letterkenny IT
• Dundalk IT
• Athlone IT
Learning Outcomes
If you complete a QQI major award with Kerry College, you may use your results to progress to third level (University, Technological University or Institute of Technology). You should check individual university websites for specific entry criteria for courses.

There is a separate section on the CAO application for applying using your QQI results from Kerry College in the same way you use your Leaving Certificate results. You may also apply under the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS). A limited number of places are available each year.

Graduates may progress to the Institute of Technology in Tralee through CAO to pursue Biological and Environmental Studies, Agricultural Science or study Wildlife Biology or a BSc in Veterinary Bio science. Graduates may also progress to UCD to study Agricultural Science.
Time table
Full Time
Awarding Body
Awarding Body:   QQI Level 5 Major Award Certificate in Animal Care (5M2768)
Start Date
Start Date:   11/09/2023
Course provider information
Contact person:   Kerry College of Further Education and Training
Course Email:
Contact:   066 7149696/ 064 6622593
Institute:   Kerry College of Further Education and Training
Location:   Clash Road/Listowel

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