A Round of Appaws for the ANIMAL CARE & GROOMING Students

A Round of Appaws for the ANIMAL CARE & GROOMING Students

We had a great year in the animal care department according to Theresa O’ Brien Course director of Animal Care. Many of the students have even started their own business after completing the course. Some of the learners have been offered jobs in grooming and they are now working with well-established animal care and grooming businesses. Other students are progressing on to third level. We had a great year of learning with field trips such as outdoor work and trips to Fota Island.

The 3 hours of Grooming with Pauline Mallaby a professional groomer and veterinary assistant is a great opportunity for learners to get skilled in grooming. The learners got their grooming kits gowns and bags which enabled them to get on the pathway to grooming.


This years Students who complete the course successfully qualify for:

QQI Level 5 certificate in Animal Care - 5M2768

Duration: One Year - Full Time

Course Description

This course provides a QQI level 5 education and training for those who wish to work or study in the area of animal care.

Students study a variety of subjects such as Animal Grooming, Animal Welfare, Animal Anatomy and Physiology. This course is an ideal foundation for those wishing to progress to third level, particularly in the area of animal care.

Course Content

Year 1

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Welfare
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Grooming
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Safety and Health

Awarding Body

QQI - Quality and Qualifications Ireland

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate, LCVP, LCA or a Level 4. Mature students are very welcome.

Access to this programme will be decided by interview.

Work Experience

Work Experience is a core element of this programme providing an opportunity to put skills developed on the programme into use in a real working environment. It also allows students to create links with employers.

Career Opportunities

Successful students may gain employment in a wide range of settings including: Pet Shops, Grooming Parlours, Boarding Kennels, Animal Welfare Organisations, Stable Yards, Large & Small Animal Clinics, and Catteries.

Some graduates become self-employed where they set up their own businesses.

Progression to Further Education and Higher Education This course meets the entry requirements for many Veterinary Nursing and Science courses at third level – please note, however, that this is dependent on student results and entry requirements may vary from year to year.

Graduates can also use the points scored through successful completion of this course to gain access to a very wide range of third level courses via the CAO system.

Learners can progress to Tralee IT to peruse other Science programmes such as Biological and Environmental studies, Agricultural Science or Wild life Biology and Veterinary Bioscience .

 Course Fees

FEES Application Fee €10 (non-refundable)*

Registration Fee €125 (non-refundable)*

Materials Fee €300

QQI Exam Fee €50

First Aid Fee €30 (Payable in February)

Government Levy

Fee €200 **

** Government Levy €200 - exemptions with a valid medical card or evidence that you qualify for

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