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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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CAO points for level 7 ag and vet nursing courses

Round 1 CAO point requirements fell for most level 7 agricultural and veterinary nursing courses this year.

The Central Applications Office (CAO), on Wednesday, August 30th, issued 87,075 round one offers to 57,980 CAO applicants, with 34,126 of these making up level 7/6 course offers.

31,251 (59%) Level 8 offers are for the applicant’s first preference course, and 45,013 (85%) Level 8 offers are for one of their top three preferences.

Meanwhile, 30,879 (90%) Level 7/6 offers are for the applicant’s first preference course, and 33,713 (99%) Level 7/6 offers are for one of their top three preferences.

In this article, we take a look at some agri and veterinary nursing-related courses and their CAO points requirements – round 1 offers.

In a previous post, we reviewed level 8 veterinary (nursing and medicine) agricultural courses, which you can read about via this link.

Level 7 – veterinary nursing and agriculture

Agri-related courses

  • Agriculture – Waterford – SE508 – 321 points – WD126 in 2022 with 338 points;
  • Sustainable farm management and agri-business – Wexford – SE509 – 241 points;
  • Agricultural engineering – Kerry – MT748 – 272 points – 259 points;
  • Agriculture – (Clonakilty/Cork) – MT750 – 331 points – 330 points;
  • Agriculture – Letterkenny – AU272 – 255 points – Course code: LY877 in 2022 with 197 points;
  • Agriculture and environmental management (Mountbellew) – AU557 – 270 points – 281 points;
  • Agricultural science and sustainability – Thurles – US740 – 251 points – Read about this course.

Veterinary nursing:

  • Veterinary nursing – Kerry – MT784 – 451 points – read about this new course;
  • Veterinary nursing – DK784 – 387 points* – 434 points;
  • Veterinary nursing – Athlone – US738 – 400 points – 444 points in 2022 under course code: AL731;
  • Veterinary nursing – Letterkenny – AU271 – 388 points – 401 points.
Carefully consider offers

Eileen Keleghan, head of communications for CAO, asks applicants to carefully consider any offers received in this round.

“One of the common queries that we receive at the offers stage is around the order of preference. Applicants who receive a lower preference offer can accept this offer,” she said.

“It will not prevent them from receiving an offer of a course higher up on their courses list in a later round should a place become available and they are deemed eligible.”

“Those who have received an offer in this round should also consider the current offer carefully as it may be the only one they will receive.”

No offer

If an applicant has not received an offer, they will receive a ‘Statement of Application’ email.

It is important that applicants notify CAO immediately if there are any errors or omissions in their CAO account.

They must make sure to do this as soon as possible to allow any corrections to be considered for subsequent rounds.

Applicants with queries or examination updates should first view the ‘Have a Question’ page, and if they cannot find the answer to their question, they can contact CAO by sending an email from the Correspondence Section of their CAO account.

short video guide explaining the CAO offer and acceptance process is available to view on the CAO website.

Round 2 offers

Round two offers will be available to view on the CAO website from 2 pm on September 11th, 2023.

The reply date by which round two offers must be accepted is September 13th at 3 pm. Offers are then issued on a weekly basis to fill any remaining places.

Applicants who do not receive an offer may wish to check the ‘Available Places’ facility which opens on the CAO website on Thursday, August 31st at noon.

This facility is also available to new applicants on the completion of the online application form and the payment of a €45 fee.

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