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Canine Husbandry

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St. John's Central College

St. John's Central College
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Course overview

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

Course Description

This is the first year of a two year programme accredited by the Veterinary Council of Ireland. Students that complete this course and the progression (Animal Science Veterinary Nursing at QQI Level 6) are eligible for registration as Veterinary Nurses.

What will you Study?

Veterinary Assisting Skills 5N1363
Animal Anatomy and Physiology
Animal Welfare 5N0753
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Integrated Components
Small Animal Husbandry and Housing 5N1898
Animal Grooming 5N0752
Animal Behaviour 5N0751
Database Methods 5N0783
Customer Service 5N0972
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.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

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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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 Research Scientist  
Farm Manager   Farmer - Dry Stock  
Farmer - Dairy   Taxidermist  
Jockey   Veterinary Practitioner / Surgeon  
Veterinary Nurse   Farrier  
Zoo Keeper   Riding / Equestrian Instructor  

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.