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Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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Veterinary Assistant

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Kerry College of Further Education

Kerry College of Further Education


 
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Course overview

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

Course Description

This programme will enable students to gain employment in animal care or a related field. The points from this programme can be used to gain entry into third level.

What will you Study?

This programme will enable students to gain employment in animal care or a related field. Students participate in quality placements allowing a valuable opportunity to gain hands on experience in industry.

Animal Anatomy and Physiology
Animal Welfare 5N0753
Veterinary Assisting Skills 5N1363
Biology 5N2746
Work Experience 5N1356
Word Processing 5N1358
Communications 5N0690
Mathematics
Customer Service 5N0972
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
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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Further Research

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Animal Care and Grooming North Kerry College of Further Education 
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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  
Riding / Equestrian Instructor   Farrier  
Zoo Keeper   Veterinary Nurse  
Animal Lab Technician   ISPCA Inspector  

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)

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