Our Equine Studies program is designed for students who are passionate about working with and learning about horses and who want the flexibility to pursue a variety of careers in the larger equine industry. The core Equine Studies program is a combination of theory and hands-on experience working with horses and clients. Specific equine topics include stable management, equine anatomy and health; nutrition; genetics and reproduction; training; riding instruction techniques; equine massage; equine lameness; and equitation courses in both english and western disciplines. The depth and breadth of topics is vast in relation to other comparable two-year programs. The associate degree blends seamlessly into the BS in Applied Business Management (online) or transitions into the BS in Diversified Agriculture for anyone also seeking a baccalaureate degree.
In addition to the traditional careers (barn manager, assistant trainer, or riding instructor), the opportunities for employment are limited only by graduates’ imaginations and interests. Providing a solid foundation of professional skills, theory, and equine knowledge, this program prepares students for success on whatever path they choose to follow.
Percent Job and Advanced Education Placement Rate in Equine Studies
Vermont Tech Equine Studies student outcomes are strong. The class of 2016 had a 100% job and advanced placement rate within six months of graduation. Many students have internships while they’re in college that lead to full-time employment after graduation.