Veterinary Nursing L6 2017-12-10T15:18:20+00:00

Veterinary Nursing L6


QQI Animal Science Level 6, Code 6M5153

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This is the progression course for students who have completed the QQI level 5 Animal Care – Veterinary Nursing course at St. John’s Central College. Theoretical and college based practical studies are complimented by extramural placements with approved Veterinary Clinics or Hospitals throughout the year. Completion of the (Level 5 & 6) course, allows the students to be eligible for registration as Veterinary Nurses with the Veterinary Council of Ireland.

Entry Requirements

QQI Level 5 Award in Animal Care, is required


One-year full time

Course Outline

Code Title
6N5565 Animal Science & Health
6N1950 Communications
6N1949 Personal & Professional Development
6N5986 Veterinary Surgical Theatre Management
6N6006 Veterinary Surgical Nursing
6N5925 Clinical Laboratory Techniques
6N6005 Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
6N5985 Veterinary Nursing Pharmacy
6N5926 Medical Veterinary Nursing
6N6225 Veterinary Practice Management
6N5567 Large Animal Husbandry


Work Placement/Experience

Participants will be required to undertake:

2 days work experience per week and 3 block weeks

The College will assist participants in identifying suitable placements.


Education Progression Opportunities

CIT: CR001; CR006; CR007; CR010; CR011

LIT: LC260

WIT: WD176, WD177, Tralee IT: TL858


We advise you to consult the CAO website – and to confirm specific entry requriments for Higher Educaiton 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


Course specific Contact Details

For further details email:


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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