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I found having education in a number of different areas of engineering to be beneficial to the work I am doing.

There is a whole world of possibilities out there for engineers, and it is difficult to know what subjects are necessary for the industry you will end up in. I was always interested in robotics and environmental issues, but it was not until my Masters that I really knew what I wanted to do.

General entry courses are quite useful, as you get a taste for a few different areas before you have to specialise, a lot of companies offer on the job training, and there is also the possibility of further study.

An engineering qualification teaches you so much more than just the technical subjects, but a way of looking at the world and solving problems in a logical and systematic way.

Engineers are sought after for these skills as much as the technical ones, and it opens up incredible opportunities. Engineering is not an easy route through college, but it is incredibly rewarding.

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Monaghan Institute

Monaghan Institute


 

Advanced Certificate in Animal Science


Course Code:  6M5153
Award Code(s):  6M5153
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This Advanced Certificate course provides training for those interested in acquiring skills necessary to manage a variety of establishments where animals are kept, including practical and supervisory skills. It integrates aspects from a wide range of animal related disciplines to provide learners with the relevant practical and theoretical knowledge to further their professional careers in this field.

Focus is placed on the large variety of establishments where animals are kept such as boarding kennels, stud farms, zoos, agricultural farms etc. The course aims to provide learners with the skills to be involved in managing such enterprises or developing their own small business in an animal related industry.

 

What you will Study...
These are the main subject modules available in this course. Note: Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands.

Animal Science and Health
Wild Animal Management
Humans, Animals and Society
Large Animal Husbandry
Animal Trading
Animal Grooming
Kennel and Cattery Management
Communications
Work Experience
Options Mathematics

 

Important: 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.

 

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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 Officer   Landscape Architect / Designer  
Engineer - Biosystems / Agriculture / Food   Landscape Scientist  
Landscape Manager   Food Technologist  
Geotechnician   Food Safety Consultant  
Food Scientist   Archaeologist  
Agricultural Scientist   Brewer  
Dairy Industry Scientist   Arborist  
Farm Manager   Cartographer   
Forester - Professional   Farmer - Dry Stock  
Farmer - Dairy   Horticultural Scientist  
Agricultural Adviser   Groundsperson  
Horticultural Manager   Agricultural Engineering Technician  
Agricultural Mechanic   Apiarist / Commercial Bee Keeper  
Geneticist   Clinical Trials Scientist  
Zoologist   Veterinary Practitioner  
Veterinary Nurse   Equestrian / Riding Instructor  
Farrier    

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
Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry & Food
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Progression Routes

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This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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