Animal Care – Level 5

Code: 5M2768 

Duration: 1 year


This course provides students with fascinating insights into the health, care, and welfare of a wide variety of animals from dogs to birds and exotic animals. Students receive a sound theoretical grounding in Animal Anatomy, Physiology and Biology, animal grooming, animal welfare and veterinary assisting skills.Emphasis is placed on “hands-on” practical experience with animals during the work experience placement, and during field trips to veterinary clinics, dog grooming parlors, and welfare sanctuaries The “Start Your Own Business” module provides information about establishing your own business in the rapidly growing Animal Care Sector. We have many new and exciting links made with further educational Institutes and Universities along with our own College which also delivers Level 6 Animal Science.

Course content

A selection of modules is offered from the following

  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Welfare
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Start Your Own Business
  • Animal Grooming
  • Veterinary Assisting Skills
  • Biology

Entry requirements

Applicants should have Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied. These entry requirements may be waived in some instances, particularly to those with relevant experience. Applicants will be interviewed.


  • QQI Level 5 Animal Care

Course Fees

An administration charge of €300. Exam fees subject to exemption.


The full QQI level 5 award facilitates entry on a competitive basis to a range of third level institutions nationwide. Further details are available from relevant institution. Link to Waterford IT – WD177/WD176.

Susan Reddan

Course Coordinator



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