ELISTA Education - Education & Training in Animal Assistance & Therapy

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As an advanced progression course, participants of the Animal Rehabilitation course must have completed a relevant course with some practical skills in animal handling, husbandry and management such as the ELISTA Education Animal Welfare Foundation Course.

Course Overview:

As a progression course from studies in Animal Welfare the Animal Rehabilitation Course specifically deals with the ways in which animals may need to be physically and psychologically rehabilitated. The course provides the learner with the skills to recognise stress signals in all manner of animals and how to respond accurately and appropriately in care giving and rehabilitation. Further more the course explores animal rescue in Ireland and abroad and discusses responsible and ethical animal centred re-homing.

Course Content:

The course covers the following four modules, with both domestic and wild animal examples. Practical Skills and Competencies are integrated into course content through practical training weekends:

  • Animal Welfare Review (for non-ELISTA graduate participants)
  • Animal Rescue
    (including Handling, First Aid, Documenting, Legalities, Housing, Kennel and Cattery Management, Wild Animal Management)
  • Animal Rehabilitation
    (including Animal Assessment, Animal Communication, Physical and Psychological Rehabilitation)
  • Animal Re-homing or Release
    (including choosing release site, time etc, matching animals with re-homers, recording and monitoring animals)
  • Running a Rehabilitation Business

Course Delivery:

The course is delivered primarily as a home study course, with 2 workshop style weekends. Assessments are continuous written and practical. Practical dates to be confirmed.

Course Fee:

Total course fee for ELISTA Education Animal Welfare (or other foundation course) graduates making progression within 2 years is €500 (no early bird discount applicable). For applicants who wish to register for the advanced progression course in Animal Rehabilitation having completed no previous training with ELISTA Education, but other relevant studies, the course fee is €900 (€750 with ‘early bird’ offer for applicants registering before 1st June 2020).


There are 12 places available on the Animal Rehabilitation Course.

If you have completed an Animal Welfare Course (for example the QQI/FETAC Level 5 Animal Welfare C20152 module), with a different provider, or a course you feel is equivalent, then please complete the MAP20 Application form (including section C) available for download below.


Animal Rehabilitation Course Registration Form

(Animal Rehabilitation Course Registration Form PDF Download, 294kb)