ELISTA Education - Education & Training in Animal Assistance & Therapy

ELISTA Education Logo


Course Overview: (See also Course Outline, 119kb, pdf)

This course is written and prepared to give Learners the opportunity to gain knowledge and develop skills in the vast area of Animal Welfare. Due to the broad study nature and diversity of animals included, this is considered a foundation course, providing a base line for progression into more specialised areas, including Animal Rehabilitation (as offered by ELISTA Education). The course delivery is based on the ‘Five Freedoms’, a guideline developed for monitoring and assessing animals’ welfare. The course also includes study of relevant animal legislation, personal and professional ethics and the opportunity for plenty of discussion about animals in current affairs!

IMPORTANT: ELISTA Education only promotes positive interactions between animals and people, and the ethical treatment of animals to enhance human lives. We recognise that ‘welfare’ remains a very subjectively evaluated term with huge variation on what is deemed appropriate treatment and utilisation of animals. We aim to promote education and training founded on the belief that all animals should be shown respect, compassion and kindness throughout their lives, knowing that we, as a society have a responsibility and duty of care.

Who is this course for?

The Animal Welfare Course is for anyone that has an interest in the well being of Animals. Whether you are keen to explore the subject area due to a personal interest, to volunteer or are thinking about a specific area of Animal Husbandry or Welfare as a career, then this course is for you!

We do advise the following criteria:

  • You can commit to approximately 80 hours of tutored study and practical skills development (see below for delivery methods).
  • You have additional time available to read subject specific literature and prepare assessment material.
  • You can respect the fact that people’s opinions differ and can be polite in honouring the views and opinions of others within a group.

* ELISTA Education is an equal opportunity provider and provides Foundation Courses without exclusion. Applicants should be aware that this course is delivered at an equivalent to ‘Level 6’ on the National Qualifications Framework (www.nfq.ie), as the Irish Leaving Certificate is at ‘Level 4 and 5’, we do advise at least this level of academic ability. Please contact us if you have any concerns or queries in relation to this.

What does the Course Cover?

The course is designed to give you the opportunity to explore a variety of animals and their needs, to learn to evaluate their well being based upon objective knowledge and thorough understanding, whilst still maintaining and developing sound and justifiable opinions. The course includes; promoting animal health, welfare and suitable nutrition, first aid and health related skills, housing requirements and husbandry skills, behaviour analysis, reproductive care, legislation and ethics. (Course Outline, 119kb, pdf)

The six modules of study include:

  • What is Animal Welfare?
  • Animal Nutrition, Feeding, Health & Disease
  • Animal Housing & Husbandry
  • Introduction to Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Handling and First Aid (Practical)
  • Animal Husbandry & Animal Ethics (Practical)

What are the Course Assessments?

Learners on the Animal Welfare course have to complete various assessments including demonstrating handling and husbandry abilities, producing an animal encounters log book and taking some written assessment.

This is an accredited course (see accreditation details).

Programme Delivery & Delivery Locations

"EARLY BIRD" OFFER! Register for a course before 31st May 2020 and pay discount fee of €625 euro (€125 deposit required with registration). Standard price resumes 1st June 2020. Balance payable in two further instalments.

Delivery Method   Course Dates   Course Location
Home Study Course
  Commencing week of the 5th October 2020. 4 modules studied at home. Combined practical training dates: Friday 12th – Saturday 13th 2021 and Friday 4th- Saturday 5th 2021.   Study @ Home Practical Training @ The ELISTA centre nr. Abbeyleix Co. Laois).

Course Fee

The total course fee for the Animal Welfare Course is €750 (see offer above), this includes ELISTA Education Student pack & full certification. (Please see "What do I get for my Fees?")


Animal Welfare CourseRegistration Form