Veterinary Nursing

(Level 6)


QQI Animal Science Level 6, Code 6M5153


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.



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
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Fee Exemptions may apply ⇒
 Materials € 270
 QQI Fee  €80
 Student Services € 250
Other 100
Gov PLC Fee €200
TOTAL €900

Contact Details

Tel: 021 4255500

Entry Requirements

QQI Level 5 Award in Animal Care, is required


One year full time

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; CR300
Tralee IT: TL748; TL758; TL858
LIT: LC260
WIT: 176


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.

Career Opportunities

  • 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.

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


Veterinary Council of Ireland

Veterinary Nursing

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