Animal Science & Care

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Course Content

A N i M A L S C I E N C E A N D C A R E
  • Animal Welfare
  • Small Animal Husbandry & Housing
  • Animal Grooming
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Biology
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Word Processing

Course Description

Animal Science & Care provides the student with the skills, experience and knowledge to make an informed choice regarding continuing their studies or progressing into employment. Whether your interests lie in the animal care sector, animal grooming or veterinary nursing, studying Animal Science is a pathway that allows access to all of these opportunities.


Career Opportunities

The course will allow successful candidates to seek employment in various roles including;

Veterinary Assistant | Dog Grooming Assistant | Animal Care Industry | Zoo Keeping Assistant | Dog Warden | Boarding Kennels Assistant | Agriculture


Qualified veterinary nurses can expect to earn €25k – €32k per annum

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Progression to degrees

Graduates can progress to a variety of degree programmes including:

DkIT | Veterinary Nursing | Level 7
DkIT | Science/Agricultural Science | Level 8
AIT | Veterinary Nursing | Level 7
LYIT | Veterinary Nursing | Level 7
UCD | Veterinary Nursing | Level 8
UCD | Agricultural Science | Level 8

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Fees For The Academic Year 2024 – 2025

All courses have a Registration Fee of €30 (non-refundable).

A non-refundable Registration fee of €30 will be payable on acceptance of a PLC place. Essential course materials may be required for some courses the cost of which will be borne by the student.

All fees are subject to change. All fees must be paid with a Credit/Debit card online. No cash is acceptable.

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I had been a Senior Instructor in outdoor adventure sports for 15 years. I re-evaluated my career path during the pandemic lockdown. I decided I wanted to pursue a job in which I could help animals. I wanted to become a Veterinary Nurse. I chose O’Fiaich Institute for the PLC course, as it was a path I could use to get into a Veterinary Nursing degree course. I am currently studying the Level 6 Advanced Animal Science to gain more work experience for progression.

Ellen Jennings Level 5 Animal Science & Care 2020/2021