CAO Applicants



Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the final date for submission of practical experience has been extended until 31 July 2020.

Prospective Irish / EU / EEA students should see the UCD Registry website for further advice on applying to UCD at this time:


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 2020 entry to DN300, the practical experience must have been undertaken between 1 February 2017 and 6 July 2020 and all details must be submitted by 6 July 2020 to be taken in to consideration. 

Further information about this requirement and how to submit your experience for consideration, please visit this webpage:

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