QQI Animal Care Level 5, Code 5M2768
This is the first year of a two year programme accredited by the Veterinary Council of Ireland. Students that complete this course and the progression (Animal Science – Veterinary Nursing at QQI Level 6) are eligible for registration as Veterinary Nurses.
|5N1363||Veterinary Assisting Skills|
|5N0750||Animal Anatomy & Physiology|
|5N1898||Small Animal Husbandry|
Leaving Certificate (LC Established, LCVP or LCA) or equivalent
For mature applicants appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.
Work experience in Animal Care is of an advantage in application
One year full time
Participants will be required to undertake:
One day work experience per week and four block weeks.
The College will assist participants in identifying suitable placements.
Education Progression Opportunities
CIT: CR001; CR006; CR007; CR010; CR011; CR300
QQI Level 6 awards may have advanced entry options into some Higher Education Institutions.
Napier: BSC (Hons) Veterinary Nursing (Top Up)
The veterinary nursing profession has varied and important duties to support veterinary surgeons in safeguarding the health and welfare of animals. Career opportunities in a number of areas as outlined below:
- General Practice
- Head Nurse/Practice Management
Benefits for veterinary nurses
Veterinary nurses who graduate from an ACOVENE-accredited programme have attained a known minimum standard of knowledge and skills. Their programme has been subject to expert visitation and ongoing monitoring by the Board, which is recognised and endorsed by the Federation of Companion Animal Veterinary Associations. This means they have highly employable skills within European veterinary practice, providing opportunities to work in many member states. Veterinary nursing is a regulated profession in an increasing number of countries. Achievement of an ACOVENE-accredited programme is recognised by most registration bodies, thus speeding the process of professional registration where this is required.