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Graduates will acquire knowledge and skills in a wide range of subjects. These include, but are not limited to, pet anatomy and physiology, fluid therapy, medical and surgical nursing care, laboratory testing, veterinary diagnostics and therapeutics, office management, and client communication.
Students are required to complete a position at a registered veterinary clinic or hospital (as listed in the Veterinary Council of Ireland Facility Accreditation Scheme) in each year of the course.
Internships last eight weeks in 1st year, 8 weeks in spring in 2nd year, and a 12-week internship during the summer at the end of 3rd year. Two weeks of the third-year internship may be electives in a local or industry of the student’s choice, for example, a veterinary laboratory, physical therapy service, or animal charity.
Graduates of this course will find employment primarily in large animal, companion animal, equine and mixed veterinary hospitals and clinics. Opportunities also exist in animal welfare facilities, veterinary products companies, and general animal care industries.
Some examples of the diverse range of roles beyond veterinary practice filled by graduates of this course include pet insurance, clinical nutrition, farm advisory services, horse racing regulation, Bord Bia auditor, and animal welfare officer from the Local Authority.
Veterinary Nursing is a very practical career, so this course involves a lot of practical work, as well as lectures and tutorials.
Assessments are a combination of written tests and course work, such as practical tests, group assignments, quizzes, poster presentations, and online assignments.
The course is intensive in nature, due to both the wide range of skills a veterinary nurse needs and the time spent on internships.
→ International students will require a Bachelor’s degree from the country of origin. The degree and notes must be officially translated into English.
Applicants will require a baccalaureate degree officially translated into English.
→ IELTS 5.5 or higher (or its internationally recognized equivalent).
This course is best suited for students who:
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