MCAST Advanced Diploma in Animal Management and Veterinary Nursing

MCAST Advanced Diploma in Animal Management and Veterinary Nursing

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Course Code AG4-01-15
MQF Level Level 4
Duration 2 years full-time
Awarding Body MCAST
Fees Standard First Aid Course
Entry Requirements MCAST Diploma in Fish Husbandry


MCAST Diploma in Animal Care


MCAST Diploma in Horticulture


MCAST Diploma in Applied Science


4 SEC/O-Level/SSC&P (Level 3) passes Preferred: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and English Language

Other Entry Requirements
Course Description This two-year full-time course provides learners with a broad knowledge of the animal management and animal care industry, including veterinary nursing and assistance as well as studies in veterinary diagnostic techniques and livestock management.

The course offers a wide perspective on the latest practices in the animal management/animal care sector as well as its interconnectivity with entrepreneurship and the related business sector. Learners will be encouraged to relate theory to practice at all stages through assignments, projects, practical work and work placements. Scheduled practical livestock husbandry duties form an integral part of the curriculum.

Study/Course Delivery During this two-year programme learners will follow 21 units of study and will follow a structured taught programme that will consist of class-based lectures, practical work and industrial visits. Learners will be given the opportuntity to increase their hands on experience through scheduled practical livestock husbandry duties, work placments/apprenticeship schemes.
Assessment The course units will be assessed by a number of assignments which will entail the carrying out of animal husbandry tasks, veterinary practice, site-visit reports, related projects and practical work at the institute and at various land-based industries.
Programme Learning Outcomes 1. Understand a number of scientific and technical aspects in the subject-areas chosen

2. Understand the anatomy, physiology, behaviour and health issues related to companion animals and livestock.

3. Undertake work-related experience and practical work in the animal management and animal care sector.

4. Develop business ideas and carry out investigative projects in the animal management and animal care sector.

Core Study Units
  • Basic Chemistry
  • Communication Skills for Employment
  • Health and Safety First Aid (3 credits)
  • Environmental Science
  • Food Processing: Cottage Industry and Fermentation
  • Food Supply Chain (3 credits)
  • Global Agriculture and Trade
  • Rural Sociology, Topography and Structures
  • Entrepreneurship & Business Management in Agriculture Animal Biology and Physiology
  • Principles of Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Biology and Physiology
  • Principles of Animal Nutrition
  • Poultry Production
  • Dairy Production
  • Pig production
  • Veterinary Nursing I
  • Veterinary diagnostic techniques
  • Advanced Grooming
Specialist Units
Supplementary Units First Aid Course
Supporting Units
Optional Units
Progress After Completion Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Animal Management and Veterinary Nursing
Career Opportunities
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Veterinary Nursing Assistant
  • Farm Operator
  • Animal Sanctuary Warden