Animal Care

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This one year course provides students with a very solid foundation in animal care and grooming. On course completion students are also eligible to apply for a range of 3rd Level Veterinary Nursing courses.


Progression and Career Options:

Students may find employment in the Animal Care, Veterinary Nursing and Grooming Industry. Graduates may apply to join our Level 6 course in Animal Science or apply for entry into related courses in Institutes of Technology and Universities both in Ireland and in the UK for example past students have gone on to study at UCD, DKIT, Athlone IT and Letterkenny IT.


Student Testimonial:

'As a mature student, I enrolled in Animal Care at DIFE to reacquaint myself with structured study, assignment deadlines and to expand my knowledge of animal care in general. The range of subjects gave me the opportunity to diversify my skillset, giving me the confidence to proceed to a higher level. Now studying Veterinary Nursing, the complementary curriculum and academic rigour of the course at DIFE has allowed me to transition nicely into third level. I absolutely recommend this course for anyone considering working in the animal sector.' - Siobhan Carroll


Additional course fees apply





Animal Care

Course Code


Course Content

  • Animal Grooming
  • Animal Anatomy & Physiology
  • Animal Welfare
  • Biology
  • Word Processing 
  • Safety & Health at Work or Mathematics
  • Communications
  • Work Preparation and Experience
  • Small Animal Husbandary


QQI Level 5 in Applied Science - Animal Care