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Work Experience at the DSPCA



All places for Work Experience/Community Service 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 are reserved for students who are Junior Members of the DSPCA. 

If you would like to apply for a place please first become a Junior Member by signing up here Junior Members.


Please do not apply for work experience if you are not a member.


Work Experience in the DSPCA is carried out strictly on a block week basis, i.e. Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 4.30pm only. 

We do not take on students doing one day a week or the Gaisce Awards.

The DSPCA, Ireland’s oldest and largest animal rescue shelter is delighted to be able to offer work experience placements to students in Secondary Schools as part of their Transition Year or LCA.

Due to our extensive programme, we can only accommodate students wishing to do at least one week’s work experience, i.e. Monday to Friday, and cannot offer placements to those wishing to carry out their An Gaisce service or to those students' wishing to do one day per week over a period of time.

This is due to the fact that we believe anything less than a week is of no benefit to either the student or the animals in our care.

As you can imagine, places at the shelter are limited, and we advise all students who are interested to apply as soon as possible if they wish to secure a placement during the academic year. We have found that many schools choose the same weeks, thus increasing demand.

Due to health and safety regulations, the shelter can only take a maximum of 10 students per week on a first come first, serve basis.

Unfortunately we cannot take students suffering from animal hair allergies as the placement requires working in confined spaces with multiple dogs and cats.

All students must have an up to date anti tetanus vaccination and school insurance certification.

Please read our Work Experience Handout to find out what’s involved before you apply

If you require any further information relating to our work experience programme, please email on education@dspca.ie


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