Veterinary Nursing L52018-09-14T17:08:21+00:00

Veterinary Nursing

(Level 5)


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.


Code Title
5N1363 Veterinary Assisting Skills
5N0750 Animal Anatomy & Physiology
5N0753 Animal Welfare
5N0690 Communications
5N1356 Work Experience


Code Title
5N1898 Small Animal Husbandry
5N0752 Animal Grooming
5N0751 Animal Behaviour
5N0783 Database Method
5N0972 Customer Service
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Veterinary Nursing L5


Fee Exemptions may apply ⇒
 Student Services € 250
 QQI Fee  €50
 Gov PLC Fee € 200
 Other  €100
 Materials  €200
TOTAL €800

Entry Requirements

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

Work Placement/Experience

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

LIT: LC260

We advise you to consult the CAO website – and to confirm specific entry requirements for Higher Education Institutions

QQI Level 6 awards may have advanced entry options into some Higher Education Institutions.

Napier: BSC (Hons) Veterinary Nursing (Top Up)

Career Opportunities

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
  • Education
  • 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.

Contact Details

Tel: 021 4255500

Top up Programme BSC (Hons) Veterinary Nursing with Napier University Edinburgh


Veterinary Council of Ireland

Veterinary Nursing

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