Work Experience

All places for Work Experience/Community Service 2016/2017/2018 are reserved for students who are existing Junior Members of the DSPCA.

If you are not  member but would like to apply for a place please become a Junior Member by signing up here Junior Members.

***Please Note:  Check that the weeks you are looking for are available before you sign up as a Junior Member to avoid disappointment. 

You can check the availability through the link here***

  The Following requirements apply:

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.

Students must be able to get to us as we are not on a bus route and the road is not recommended for walking.

Students must read the Work Experience Handbook BEFORE applying for Work Experience.  Handbook is found here.

Students must have an up to date anti tetanus vaccine.

Students must be insured by their school.

Once you have your dates and can comply with requirements please apply online here.


Gaisce Award

We are now taking on students who are doing the Gaisce Award.  Students must a min. of 16 years of age to apply.  
We would ask students interested in applying to contact us at volunteer@dspca.ie for more information.


We do not take on students doing one day a week

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.


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