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Cavan Institute

Animal Care


Animal Care

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or QQI Level 4 Award. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements.

Career Opportunities

Students are given a firm foundation in the skills needed for employment as a Veterinary Assistant or in Animal Care.


At Cavan Institute: Upon successful completion of this programme, graduates may progress to the level 6 Animal Science (Year 2) course at the Institute. Elsewhere: Graduates of this course in Animal Care are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Higher Education Institutions (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligi­bility requirements).

  • Veterinary Nursing -   UCD 

  • Veterinary Nursing - DKIT, TUS Midlands, ATU Donegal 

  • Veterinary Nursing - Scottish Rural College (SRUC)

  • Bio Veterinary Science - TUS Midlands 

  • Animal Behaviour & Welfare - Harper Adams University, UK

Course Fees


Course Content

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Animal Care.

  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology 

  • Chemistry 

  • Animal Behaviour 

  • Animal Welfare 

  • Communications 

  • Animal Grooming 

  • Biology 

  • Mathematics 

  • Work Experience

About This Course

Veterinary assistants provide basic animal care, assist in laboratory procedures and in the veterinary clinic. They may also work in a variety of other settings including animal hospi­tals and clinics, animal shelters, laboratories, zoos and animal parks. Students study a range of subjects designed to prepare them for further study or to work as a veterinary assistant or in animal care. This course in Animal Care is ideal for students wishing to advance to veterinary nursing degrees in Ireland and the UK.

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