What is the requirement for DN300?

Applicants for 2020 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. The practical experience must have been undertaken between 1 February 2017 and 31 July 2020 and all details must be submitted by 31 July 2020 to be taken in to consideration. (Please note normal closing date is early July - extended in 2020 due to Covid 19. Will revert to early July in 2021).

Here are some examples of the types of experience and whether they fit the criteria.

Experience: Acceptable
Working at a riding school or mucking out stables and looking after the horses Counts as equine experience
Working at an animal rescue facility: walking and grooming dogs, cleaning kennels, feeding and grooming animals   Counts as pet experience
Working on a commercial farm: assisting the farmer with daily chores – milking cows, feeding stock, lambing ewes, etc.   Counts as farm animal experience
Working in a seal sanctuary   Counts as wildlife/zoo experience
Looking after my own pets Not acceptable - handling pets with which you are familiar is not sufficient experience.
Working on the farm I was brought up on   Not acceptable unless it can be verified by a supervisor who isn't a parent/guardian

Why was this introduced?

This initiative is to encourage prospective applicants to learn about the profession before applying to the programme. It should increase applicant awareness of what the career entails and cement their determination to follow this path. The requirement for practical experience does not in any circumstance involve ranking of applicants.

What do I need to do?

  • Complete your practical experience which you can do prior to applying.
  • For each experience complete the Practical Experience Document and get it signed by the person responsible for supervising you.
    .pdf version of Practical Experience Document is also available. 
  • Keep your exerience documents safely as you will need to upload them when you're completing the online form.
  • The responsible person will be the owner or manager of the animal premises where you worked. UCD School of Veterinary Medicine will be contacting this person to verify the information you have provided.
  • If you uploaded work experience previously please see last question of faqs

Apply via CAO for DN300 no later than 1 May 2020 (or by change of mind up to 1 July).

From late January, as we receive your application in UCD, we will email you. You can then complete the Online Form.  (please note for applicants who make a late application, emails will not be sent until May. For those who entered DN300 using Change of Mind, emails will be send within two weeks of applying until Change of Mind closes).

For each practical experience undertaken you will need to provide the following information:

  • Name of the premises where you conducted your practical experience
  • Number of hours experience
  • Animal category
  • Contact details for the responsible person who will verify your experience.
  • You will need to upload the document(s) signed by the person who supervised your experience.

When your application is complete, submit it no later than 31 July 2020.

You will not be eligible to compete for a place on DN300 Veterinary Medicine, unless full details of your practical experience are submitted by 31 July 2020 at 5 pm. The School of Veterinary Medicine carry out a verification process.

I did the UCD Veterinary Medicine Summer School. Do I still have to complete the form?

Yes. You must complete the form and include the Summer School (you can upload your certificate of attendance). This counts as 30 hours experience, so you must also enter details of a further 30 hours of experience.

When will I hear back from UCD?

It will not be possible for all submissions to be verified before CAO offers issue in August. When offers issue any relevant unverified submissions will be checked at that stage.

Where can I get further information?

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions Page

June 2020