Further Education

Further Education 2024-2025

Animal Care: Introduction to Dog Grooming 5M2768

This course will facilitate those who wish to pursue a career in the Dog Grooming/Aminal Husbandry Industry. The emphasis of this course will be on developing the skills and practices required to work in a modern dog grooming studio.

This Course is designed to:

This course will also enable participants to acquire the skills, knowledge and competence to provide for the needs of animals in a range of animal care settings, or to progress to further or higher education or training.

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent.

Pre-entry guidance meeting

Mature applicants welcome.

Course Content

Subjects on the course may include:

5N0750 Animal Anatomy and Physiology

5N0753 Animal Welfare

5N0752 Animal Grooming

5N1363 Veterinary Assisting Skills

5N0690 Communications

5N1356 Work Experience

5N1358 Word Processing

5N1794 Safety & Health at Work

Optional Modules

Learners may also have the opportunity to study Maths and Biology 5N2746 extra modules.

Progression to Third Level Education

Students may progress to participating Higher Education Institutions [HEIs] through the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme: Some of the options include:

Atlantic Technological University (ATU), Galway

Please Note: Places are not guaranteed and may be subject to specific entry requirements and results. Places are limited and awarded on a competitive basis. Students are advised to use the FET Requirements Look Up at CAO for full details

How the Course is Taught

GTI has developed a style of teaching to meet the needs of a diverse community of learners.

We make extensive use of advanced multimedia and internet based technologies to bring subject matter to life and to ensure effective learning.

Whenever possible, we use a Learn-by-Doing approach to make the learning experience more realistic and enjoyable.

We provide learning supports that are tailored to the needs of individual learners.


Student Contribution: €175

Student Kit & Uniform: €150

Total: €325

Career Opportunities

Dog Groomer, Animal Care, Veterinary Assistant.

Additional Certification

Manual Handling Animal First Aid


QQI Level 5 Award in Animal Care 5M2768


This is a full-time one-year course and runs from September to May.

Adult Education

Full-time registered students of GTI may access a range of adult education courses at a reduced fee.

For more information

Animal Care students may have the opportunity to apply for a three week Erasmus+ Placement during the academic year (subject to funding through the Lifelong Learning Programme by Léargas).


GTI reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the Institute and a student or third party.