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DSPCA Kids Camps

DSPCA Animal Care Kids Summer Camp

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The DSPCA are running a number of one week "Introduction to Animal Welfare" Camps for kids ages 12 – 16 in the DSPCA Campus in Rathfarnham.

We have space for 20 people each session and the camp will cost €185 (10% discount for Junior Members/10% discount for siblings).

The camp is from 9.30 – 4.00pm Monday – Friday and the first camp will start on Monday 13th June 2016.

Successful completion of the camp will award the person a DSPCA Animal Care Certificate as well as being a fun and educational week.

Courses will run:

  • 13th - 17th June - Full
  • 20th - 24th June - Full
  • 27th June - 1st July - Full
  • 4th - 8th July - Full
  • 18th - 22nd July - Full
  • 25th - 29th July - Full
  • 2nd - 5th August (this is a 4 day camp for 6-11 year olds) book here. - Full
  • 8th - 12th August - Full
  • 15th - 19th August - Full

Course participants will learn:

  • Care and handling of “small fluffy animals” (rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, ferrets, etc.)
  • The importance of environmental enrichment for farmyard animals
  • Care and handling of reptiles and other exotics
  • Care and handling of horses and equines
  • Care and handling of cats
  • Care and handling of dogs
  • Dog training/Dog agility (in association with Kingofpaws Training Academy)
  • Pet grooming
  • Pet boarding and doggie day care management
  • Basic Veterinary care
  • Work of the DSPCA and a history of Irish Animal Welfare
  • How to Run an Animal Charity and the importance of Fundraising
  • Day Trip to Dublin Zoo to talk with the animal care and Education Staff


  • All camp participants must have an up to date anti tetanus vaccine.
  • Camp times start sharp at 9.30am so we would appreciate early arrival.
  • Camp finishes sharp at 4pm.
  • Suitable clothing for outdoor activities should be warn (no hoodies please). Remember to dress appropriately for the weather and to bring sun cream. Please refrain from wearing jewellery.
  • Unfortunately we cannot take on people with animal allergies.
  • Please notify us of any medical conditions or special requirements before applying.
  • Mobile phones may be brought but we would ask that people refrain from using them during course times.
  • Please bring a suitable pack lunch. Tea, Coffee and microwave facilities will be provided.

Please register here for camp for 6 - 11 years

Please register here for camp for 12 - 16 years

Email for assistance

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