Veterinary Nursing L6


FETAC Animal Science Level 6, Code 6M5153
Awarded by QQI

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The Level 6 Veterinary Nursing course equips students with the advanced knowledge required to be an effective member of a Veterinary Practice. Modules are designed to give an understanding of running a practice as well as the management of animals receiving treatment. In addition to companion animals the course also includes management of farm livestock and species used for leisure and recreation. Theory studied is reinforced with practical experience each week in the industry.

Entry Requirements

Students must have completed the Animal Care Level 5 Award (including Veterinary Assisting Skills Level 5 module) at St. John’s Central College.


One-year full time

Course Outline

  • Animal Science and Health
  • Communications
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Veterinary Surgical Theatre Management
  • Veterinary Surgical Nursing
  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques
  • Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
  • Veterinary Nursing Pharmacy
  • Medical Veterinary Nursing
  • Veterinary Practice Management
  • Large Animal Husbandry


Students may also apply to a range of Higher Education Institutions through the Higher Education Links Schemes.

Course Coordinator

Caroline O’ Regan

AY: Veterinary Nursing level 6 – Class teacher: Bill Cashman

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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