Canine Husbandry

(Level 5)


QQI Animal Care Level 5, Code 5M2768


This course is designed to give learners the knowledge and skills relevant to working in an establishment where care of animals is required. The course covers all aspects of animal husbandry and welfare as well as developing core skills of employment such as public relations and use of information technology. Although learners study a range of animals there is a emphasis on dogs within this programme.


Code Title
5N0750 Animal Anatomy & Physiology
5N0751 Animal Behaviour
5N0752 Animal Grooming
5N0753 Animal Welfare
5N1898 Small Animal Husbandry


Code Title
5N0972 Customer Service
5N1611 The Internet
5N1794 Safety and Health
5N0690 Communications
5N1356 Work Experience
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Fee Exemptions may apply ⇒
 Materials €200
 QQI Fee €50
 Student Services €250
 Other €100
 Gov PLC Fee €200
TOTAL €800

Entry Requirements

• In general, applicants should hold a Leaving Certificate, LCA or QQI Level 4 qualification, a science based subject is preferable but not essential. For mature applicants, appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.
• All applicants will be required to attend an interview.
• An offer of a place on this course means the applicant has met the minimum entry requirements set out and attended for interview.


One-year full time

Work Placement/Experience

Learners on the Animal Care courses are encouraged to participate in work experience as an integral part of the programme. Relevant work experience should be gained by the learner independently, with support given during the placement as required.


Education Progression Opportunities

SJC: Animal Science 6M5153

CIT: CR001; CR006; CR007; CR010; CR300; CR325; CR333; CR340; CR365; CR370;

LIT: LC260

AIT: AL 842

WIT: WD177

Tralee IT: TL748; TL758; TL858


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


Career Opportunities

  • Grooming Parlours
  • Doggie Day Care Facilities
  • Boarding Kennels & Catteries
  • Pet Shops and other animal retail
  • Animal Welfare Organisations