MCAST Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Animal Management and Veterinary Nursing

MCAST Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Animal Management and Veterinary Nursing

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Course Code AG6-01-15
MQF Level Level 6
Duration 3 years full-time
Awarding Body MCAST
Entry Requirements MCAST-BTEC Extended Diploma in Fish Management


MCAST-BTEC Extended Diploma in Agriculture


MCAST Advanced Diploma in Animal Management and Veterinary Nursing


2 A-Level passes and 2 I-Level passes Preferred I-Level: Biology or Chemistry

Other Entry Requirements
Course Description This bachelor’s degree aims of providing students with the opportunity to specialise in a main area of study with the aim of seeking employment at management level or similar.  This may relate to animal welfare, production, education, veterinary services, research and development, and regulatory services both locally and internationally.

The programme offers the required knowledge skills and competences related to animal health and nutrition, welfare, ecology, philosophy, ethics and law. Students shall also undertake a research project whereby they will be expected to select a topic for investigation following an established methodology.

Study/Course Delivery The units will be delivered through a combination of classroom-based lectures, tutorials, practical placements, laboratory practicals, workshops and applied scientific activities. Hands on farming and visits to various soft areas will be part of the course prospectus.
Assessment An ongoing assessment is an integral part of the course. Assessment will include practical and theoretical work. Students will follow practical ongoing assessment, written assessment, projects as well as practical work experience at the institute and industry sites.
Programme Learning Outcomes 1. Understand and apply research methods to carry out an advanced project study based on scientific research related to specific units within the course’s area of study

2. Understand and research different entrepreneurial skills required at management level and to plan for a successful business

3. Undertake practical tasks related to veterinary services including animal welfare and health and veterinary regulatory affairs

4. Study and apply principles of sustainability, animal philosophy and ethics within the animal management sector.

Core Study Units
  • Agriculture & the Environment
  • Food Flavour & Tasting
  • Apiculture
  • Agricultural Policy
  • Agricultural Marketing & Agri-Tourism
  • Business Management & Work Experience
  • Research Methodologies
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Planning
  • Rural Development
  • Research Methods & Dissertation
Specialist Units
  • Implementation of SOPs & Principles of HACCP
  • Animal Biology & Physiology
  • Genetics & Animal Breeding
  • Horse Husbandry
  • Processing of Animal Products
  • Animal Behaviour & Training
  • Veterinary Pharmacology
  • Exotic Animals
  • Veterinary Nursing II
  • Emergency Nursing & Anesthesia
  • Veterinary Surgical Nursing
  • Practical Nutrition & Feed Formulation
  • Development of Land-Based Activities- Farm & Animal
  • Establishments
  • Wildlife Sciences & Conservation
  • Animal Health- Diseases, Epidemiology & Management
  • Animal Welfare, Ethics & Legislation
Supplementary Units
Supporting Units
Optional Units
Progress After Completion After successful completion of the first 120 ECTS that relate to the first 2 years of the programme, the student will be awarded a higher diploma in animal management and veterinary nursing.
Career Opportunities
  • Animal clinic manager
  • Animal welfare officer
  • Farm manager
  • Nutritional adviser
  • Researcher