CAO Applicants

CAO applicants must have at least 60 hours practical experience relevant to animal handling. This must include experience with at least two of the following four animal categories:

  • Pets
  • Horses
  • Farm Animals
  • Wildlife/Zoos

Animal categories will only be considered if you have a minimum of 5 hours experience.

For September 2018 entry to DN300, the practical experience must have been undertaken between 1 February 2015 and 20 March 2018 and all details must be submitted 20 March 2018 to be taken in to consideration.

Further information about this requirement and how to submit your experience for consideration, please visit this webpage: http://www.ucd.ie/registry/admissions/vet.html


UCD School of Veterinary Medicine provides an opportunity for relevant experience in the form of a Summer School; however, places are limited. Participation in the Summer School will count for one week of the requirement. It will not entitle an applicant to a place, nor will it rank applicants higher than those who complete the requirements elsewhere. Click here for information on the Summer School.

For more information please see FAQs