Dun Laoghaire Further Education InstituteAdvanced Certificate in Animal Healthcare

Advanced Certificate in Animal Healthcare

Area:
South Dublin County
Price: POA
Duration: 1 year
Type:
Further Education and PLC, QQI Level 6

Course description

This course is designed to equip learners with the knowledge and the skills to work in a variety of areas within the Animal Health Care sector, or to progress to Higher Education through the Higher Education Links Scheme. Learners will study core areas of Animal Health Care and are enabled to put theory into practice through experiential learning in a fully equipped Animal Health Care Suite. This course is delivered by specialists who are currently practising within the profession. Regular field trips and the handling of a wide variety of animals are key features of this course.

Entry Requirements
One of the following:

Level 5 QQI Award in Animal Care
Mature applicants with relevant experience are welcome

Course Modules

  • Animal Science and Health
  • Large Animal Husbandry
  • Wild Animal Management
  • Animal Grooming
  • Canine Obedience and Training
  • Work Experience
  • Customer Service
  • Kennel and Cattery Management
  • Mathematics (Optional)
  • Horse Conformation and Evaluation
  • Humans, Animals and Society

Certification
Level 6 QQI Award Animal Science (6M5153)

Additional Information

Assessment
Assessment techniques will be used to assess the knowledge and skills that students will have achieved on successful completion of modules:

  • Student Record
  • Collection of Work
  • Assignments
  • Examinations – written
  • Project

Work Experience
Students as part of this programme must complete six weeks’ work placement: five weeks in a veterinary practice and one weeks’ compulsory residential course in an agrictural college (to gain large farm animal experience).

Progression Opportunities
Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes, at Universities, Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities.  It is important to contact the relevant Institute for further information.

Progression Examples

  • BSc in Veterinary Nursing

Entry into 1st Year

  • Athlone Institute of Technology
    BSc in Veterinary Nursing

Entry into 1st Year on completion of Level 5 and Level 6

  • Dundalk Institute of Technology
    BSc in Veterinary Nursing

Advanced entry into 2nd Year on completion of Level 5 and Level 6

  • Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Career Paths
Graduates may seek employment in: veterinary clinics, dog grooming parlours, pet shops, catteries/ dog kennels, animal welfare organisations, agricultural, science industries, farms (including petting farms), zoos, wildlife parks, and self-employment (both in Ireland and abroad).

Duration
One Year

 


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