Advanced Certificate in Animal Care - 6M5153

This course is designed to equip learners with the knowledge and the skills to work in a variety of areas within the Animal Health Care sector, or to progress to Higher Education through the Higher Education Links Scheme. Learners will study core areas of Animal Health Care and are enabled to put theory into practice through experiential learning. Regular field trips and the handling of a wide variety of animals are key features of this course.

Entry Requirements

  • Level 5 QQI Award in Animal Care (Veterinary Assistant)
  • Mature applicants with relevant experience welcome
  • Applicants whose first language is not English will require a competency as stated in our admissions policy here

Course Content

  • Animal Science & Health 6N5565
  • Animal Behaviour 6N5568
  • Humans, Animals & Society 6N5569
  • Large Animal Husbandry 6N5567
  • Work Experience 6N1946
  • Animal Grooming 6N6226
  • Grooming Science 6N6227
  • Customer Service 6N0697


QQI Level 6 in Animal Science (6M5153)

Progression to Higher Level

  • Students who successfully complete the course may gain entry to Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme.
  • The most up-to-date information on Higher Education Links is located at the CAO website.

TUS - Athlone

AL731 BSc in Veterinary Nursing Level 7

ATU - Sligo

SG442 BSc (Hons) in Occupational Safety & Health Level 8
Please note that all QQI Further Education graduates who hold a major Level 5 or Level 6 award are eligible to apply for any ATU Sligo programme through the CAO system.

ATU - Letterkenny

LY847 BSc in Veterinary Nursing Level 7

ATU - Galway

GA770 BSc in Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology Level 7


There are no fees to study this course


This is full-time one-year course and runs from September to May. The course runs three days per week (Monday to Wednesday)

For more information

Phone 071-9145480 or email [email protected]

Please Note

A new National Common Awards System (CAS) is being introduced by QQI for Further Education and Training programmes. Sligocfe reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the Institute and a student or third party.