Veterinary Nursing L5


QQI Animal Care Level 5, Code 5M2768

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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.

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate (5 passes)
Leaving Certificate Applied
or equivalent

Applicants of mature years will be considered on their merits
Work experience in Animal Care is of an advantage in application


One year full time

Course Outline

Core Component

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

Integrated Components

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

Progression Course

Animal Science (Veterinary Nursing) Level 6

Course Coordinators

Caroline O’ Regan

AW: Veterinary Nursing level 5 – Class teacher: Laura Hogan

AV: Veterinary Nursing level 5 – Class teacher: Reg Connolly

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

Veterinary Council of Ireland


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.

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