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An Introduction to Animal Grooming Westport Campus

Aim of the Module

This programme module aims to provide the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence in a variety of grooming methods in various small animals within a grooming facility.

Learning Outcomes of Level 5 Animal Grooming 5N0752

Learners will be able to:

  • Interpret canine, feline and other small animal body language so as to handle, house and groom animals appropriately
  • Explain the cycles of hair and nail growth in a variety of dog breeds and other small animals
  • Apply knowledge of anatomical skin structure and physical skin appearance in animals so as to be able to suggest skin and coat abnormalities
  • Outline potential causes of hair loss and how to deal with them if evident in the grooming facility
  • Explain the correct uses of equipment used in the grooming facility and the appropriate maintenance of such equipment
  • Use information sources, including dog owner, examination and observation of dog, to plan the grooming process including brushing and de-matting, nail and ear care, bathing, drying and clipping, hand stripping and or cutting as appropriate
  • Exercise appropriate handling and restraining of animals during the grooming process
  • Select suitable products and equipment for a variety of animals with different skin or hair types
  • Use a variety of grooming equipment including grooming table, dryers, brushes, combs, clippers and others following best practice
  • Exercise initiative to aid the efficient and effective running of the grooming facility
  • Deal appropriately with the public and their animals
  • Obtain the details required from an owner prior to assuming responsibility for their animal
  • Maintain personal and professional health and safety requirements of a grooming facility including personal protective equipment, safe handling and housing of animals, prevention of transmission of disease and safety, health and hygiene of facility for the benefit of the public.

Course Dates*

  • October: Thursday 12th (6.30pm-9.30pm), Saturday 14th, 21st, 28th (10am-5pm)
  • November: Saturday 11th (10am-5pm), Thursday 16th (6.30pm-9.30pm)

Start Date

Thursday 12th October @ 6.30pm

Course Fee


Examination fee of €20 is payable for non medical card holders for certification of the course. If you have a valid medical card you will be exempt from the examination fee but a copy of this must be emailed on application to [email protected]


*There may be a slight variation to dates

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