It’s no surprise that Ireland facilitates a lot of agriculture; over 70% of Irish land is used for agricultural purposes, and animals are a big part of this.
There’s a sheep for every two people in Ireland; grass-fed beef is one of our most famous exports and we’re the tenth largest dairy-exporting nation in the world. While horses aren’t essential to farming like they were 60 years ago, Ireland is still the third largest breeder of thoroughbreds in the world.
We love our pets too; one in five Irish households have a dog, while 14% have a cat. If you’re majoring in Agriculture, Animal Science, Equine Studies or Veterinary Medicine, this placement will suit you down to the ground.
Placements in this sector may provide you the opportunity to experience the business or practical side of animal care, and maybe raise awareness of animal welfare. Your placement might find you working in an animal shelter, a stud farm, a riding school, alongside a veterinarian, etc.
You’ll learn about new species, practices and the biodiversity of a small island with 35 mammals and 400 bird species.