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Veterinary Assistant (Year 1)

Course Code(s):  5M2768 CI061VA
QQI Award Code:  5M2768 AnimalCare
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2768 CI061VA
QQI Award Code 5M2768 AnimalCare
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course prepares students to assist the veterinary surgeon in all aspects of animal care. Veterinary assistants provide basic animal care, assist in laboratory procedures and in the veterinary clinic. They may also work in a variety of other settings including animal hospitals and clinics, animal shelters, laboratories, zoos and animal parks.

Students study a range of subjects designed to prepare them for further study or to work as a veterinary assistant or in animal care. This course is ideal for students wishing to advance to veterinary nursing degrees in Ireland and the UK.

What will you Study?

Animal Anatomy and Physiology 5N0750
Animal Welfare 5N0753
Biology 5N2746
Chemistry 5N2747
Communications 5N0690
Maths 5N1833
Start Your Own Business 5N1418
Word Processing 5N1358
Work Experience 5N1356
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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CAO with Any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CASAC 5M2768

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Further Research

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Other courses you may be interested in...

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Animal Management Cavan Institute 
Agriculture Ballyhaise Agricultural College 
Veterinary Assistant (Year 2) Cavan Institute 

Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Agricultural Adviser   Dairy Industry Scientist  
Farm Manager   Farmer - Dry Stock  
Farmer - Dairy   Veterinary Practitioner  
Veterinary Nurse   Equestrian / Riding Instructor  
Farrier   Animal Lab Technician  

Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Animals & Veterinary Science
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.