Dunboyne College of Further EducationAnimal Care courses in Ireland

Pre-University Animal Science QQI Level 5

1 Year Full Time Course
Further Education and PLC, Level 5 QQI
Academic year Sept 2022 - May 2023

Course description

Pre-University Animal Science Applied Science Laboratory Techniques 5M3807

This course would suit applicants with a passion for working with animals, a willingness to work hard and an interest in biology. Students will receive a solid foundation in Biology and basic Animal Science principles and practices while studying modules within the animal care sectors such as Animal Anatomy and Physiology, Animal Behaviour, Animal Welfare and Biology. This course is an ideal base for students who intend to continue to study at higher education degrees in Veterinary Nursing, Bio-Veterinary and Animal Sciences.


  • Lab Skills
  • Maths
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Safety and Health
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Welfare
  • Small Animal Husbandry and Housing


  • QQI Level 5 Applied Science Laboratory Techniques 5M3807

Graduates from this course may access Vet Nursing degrees in major Institutes of Technology and UCD. TU Dublin also accept this course for entry to general Science and Bioscience degrees. This course links with General Science in UCD (eg Zoology) and Agricultural Science in UCD. Other graduates have gone onto further study in Wildlife Biology (IT Tralee), Marine Biology (GMIT), Bio-Veterinary at Athlone or Tralee. Some students will progress to employment in Animal Behaviour, Dog Grooming, Animal Welfare, Stables, Kennels etc. Some students use this award to apply to a wide range of courses in the U.K..

UCD: DN 310 Veterinary Nursing (Level 8, 4 Years)
UCD: DN250 Animal Science (Level 8, 4 Years)
Dundalk Institute of Technology: DK784 Veterinary Nursing (Level 7, 3 Years)
Athlone IT: AL842 Bioveterinary Science (Level 8, 4 Years)
Tralee IT: TL851 Wildlife Biology (Level 8, 4 Years)


  • Leaving Cert or LCA
  • Mature students of all backgrounds
  • Other equivalent qualification

All applicants will be interviewed regardless of previous qualifications.

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