Course Outline:

  • Animal Science & Health 6N5565
  • Communications 6N1950
  • Large Animal Husbandry 6N5567
  • Humans, Animals and Society 6N5569
  • Animal Grooming 6N6226
  • Work Experience 6N1946
  • Grooming Science 6N6227
  • Canine Obedience and Training 6N6228

Additional Activities

Students on this course will partake in a number of field trips and activities. Examples are listed below.

  • Dublin Zoo
  • Falconry Visit
  • Visits to National Parks
  • Dog Grooming Events
  • Charity Events

Course Duration:

This is a one year, full time course running from September to May.


Once you have applied online you will be called for an interview within a few weeks. QQI examination fees cost €80, although Medical Card holders are exempt from paying this fee on production of a valid medical card. Books and essential class materials may also be required.  There is also a €100 Student Services fee required on acceptance of the course.

Course Progression

Upon successful completion of this course, learners may be eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities.

Career Options

Graduates may seek employment in

  • Veterinary Surgeries
  • Grooming Parlours
  • Pet Shops, Kennels
  • Catteries
  • Animal Welfare Establishments
  • Farms including Pet Farms
  • Zoos


Animal Science and Health 6N5565

Studying this module content allows one to be familiar with:

  • Different species and how their physiology determines their care
  • Different parasites and how different classes of animals can be infected
  • The biochemical properties of essential nutrients
  • Immunity; different types and the best time to administer vaccinations. Desired effect of immunity.
  • Histology – the study of cell and tissue types.
  • DNA: how it is involved in passing certain traits from one generation to another
  • Lab activities and experiments to reinforce the theory of Animal

Assessment Criteria:
Examination 40%, Project 30%, Skills Demonstration 30%

Large Animal Husbandry 6N5567

Studying this module will allow one to become proficient in:

  • The safe practices of working with cattle, sheep, pigs and horses
  • Analysing the role of the above species in the modern world
  • Moving, handling and restraining same
  • Evaluating best practice in handling these large animals
  • How to work with large animals at ease and with confidences

Assessment Criteria:
Skills Demo 60%, Project 40%

Humans, Animals and Society 6N5569

This module will enable the student to:

  • Examine the role of animals in society
  • Look at the role of animals in different cultures and religions
  • Look at how domestication evolved and where we are now with it
  • Look at personal training techniques as well as other recommended methods
  • Look at animal related organisations and their specific roles
  • Examine ethics around the whole animal industry
  • Get an in-depth view as to how animals benefit society
  • See how animals are rated as regards their benefit to man

Assessment Criteria:
Project 60%, Skills Demonstration 40%

Animal Grooming 6N6226

Studying this module will allow one to:

  • Look at the theory applied to setting up a grooming business
  • Explain how such a business is run and set up
  • Be aware of how different breeds demand different understanding in
    relation to behaviour
  • Be aware of different health issues that the subject may have
  • Demonstrate advanced techniques used in the grooming of various
    breeds of animal to include trimming, styling and clipping
  • Develop skills as regards health problems with dogs
  • Be aware of skin disorders and the correct advice to accompany same
  • Participate effectively in the use of a variety of dog grooming
  • Appreciate the different methods of grooming used for different
  • Be able to give sound advice to the client as regards grooming,
  • Be able to give sound advice as regards after care management

Assessment Criteria:
Skills Demonstration 60%, Assignment 20% Examination 20%

Grooming Science 6N6227

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Explain concepts associated with health and safety in the working
  • Show skill in carrying out scientific procedures using a variety of
  • Differentiate between species of animals from an anatomical and
    physiological viewpoint
  • Obtain a grasp of how evolution has changed species and how
    selective breeding has led to variations in species and breeds
  • Appreciate how environment has an impact on species and how to work
    with this
  • Examine the nutritional requirements for a range of species and how
    bad nutrition can impact on health
  • Grasp the importance of environment and diet on species
  • Examine reproduction, care of offspring and prevention of pregnancy
    in different species
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current legislation and when veterinary
    assistance is needed
  • Identify signs of bad health by observation i.e. looking at skin
    and coat colour. Manage parasites.
  • Look at the legalities around the transport of animals

Assessment Criteria:
Project 60%, Skills Demonstration 40%

Communications 6N1950

In studying this module, one will be able to:

  • Evaluate the principles and practice of customer service in range
    of public, private and voluntary environments
  • Explain the principles underpinning customer service in a range of
    organisations i.e. domestic as well as global
  • Explain how policies and charters can affect best practice for
    customer service
  • Look at consumer legislation in our country and compare it with
    similar legal obligations in other countries
  • Describe processes of redress and fair play for consumers
  • Identify personnel in organisations that have responsibility over
    fair play for consumers
  • Describe how the principles of customer service influence long term
    company policies and how it operates
  • Explain how market research can assist development of customer
    services by looking at data sources and different collection
    methods for data for feedback
  • Use a range of communication skills and methods to help process
    complaints and address problems that consumers may have
  • Design a tool to measure customer satisfaction in some industrial
    context i.e. comment form, survey, questionnaire etc.
  • Manage the needs of customers within a specialised area, looking at
    needs of specific groups i.e. children, older people, specific
    cultural needs, religious needs, etc.
  • Facilitate effective teamwork in customer care, to include
    evaluation of performance and success
  • Design a customer service programme for staff. This will deal with
    frontline standards expected by staff and customers; appropriate
    guidelines to deal with the customer.

Assessment Criteria:
Portfolio/Collection of Work 50%, Skills Demonstration 50%

Work Experience 6N1946

On completing this module, learners will be able to:

  • Look at work-related issues and trends in an animal care environment
  • Understand best practice in a work context
  • Research the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers
  • Look at challenges and opportunities in the public, private and global sector
  • Work on all skills needed in a working environment i.e. C.V., skills, technologies, etc.
  • Present a detailed personal skills audit and career plan in Animal Care
  • Work on supervisory skills and capacities, to include the skills and qualities required for particular post in the public, private or voluntary sector.
  • Investigate options for future education, training and employment during the course of study.

Assessment Criteria:
Portfolio/Collection of Work 60%, Skills Demonstration 40%


Canine Obedience and Training 6N6228

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