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Liam Dowling

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Do your homework, ask about it - there is lots of infomation out there.  You need to be person centred, social, not afraid to mix and to have an understanding of disability or at least be prepared to learn about it. 

People with an Intellectual Disability  ARE NOT SICK , but they can get sick like everyone else and sometimes I feel people outside don't fully understand this. They don't just need Gods help. They need the help of qualified people that want to understand them so that their needs are met and they have chance to enjoy their life as much as is possible.

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DN310
Veterinary Nursing

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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This course is designed to train veterinary nurses to the highest standards to work professionally as part of a veterinary team or with allied sectors such as the pharmaceutical industry.

The course provides a strong academic foundation along with practical skills and competencies with which to build a career as a professional veterinary nurse. 

Lectures, tutorials and off-site practical work experience introduce students to a variety of animal species preparing them to work with small animals, exotics, farm animals and horses.


UCD - Veterinary Medicine

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DN310 - Veterinary Nursing
UCD (NUI)

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DN310 - Veterinary Nursing
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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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CASAC  5M2768  AnimalCare
CASLT  5M3807  Laboratory Techniques

Essential Module Requirements:
Pass in the following modules:


C20153 - Animal Anatomy & Physiology
or 5N0750 - Animal Anatomy and Physiology

B20145 - Information & Communication Systems
or 5N1952 - Information and Communication Systems
or B20032 - Word Processing
or 5N1358 - Word Processing

Distinctions in a minimum of five modules which must include distinctions in the following modules:


C20006 - Biology
or 5N2746 - Biology

C20139 - Mathematics
or 5N1833 - Mathematics

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Placements within veterinary practices are an integral part of the course, along with clinical rotations within the UCD Veterinary Hospital.

Careers in the highly skilled role of veterinary nursing in the practice environment, opportunities for qualified veterinary nurses extend into a number of related fields of animal nutrition, animal welfare, charitable work and education. Insurance and pharmaceuticals frequently source veterinary nurses as employees.



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