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Equine Studies Study Horse Courses


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Study different techniques in handling horses, through horse behaviour courses from Careerlinecourses the students will obtain a practical and basic understanding of horse psychology and behavioural problems. A comprehensive course that includes the three Horse Care certificates and a choice of either Horse Breeding or Equine Behaviour. This course will provide students with a very solid foundation for any equine venture by give them the skills and knowledge necessary for equine husbandry. This course is available online or by correspondence.

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Equine Studies Study Horse Courses

  1. 1. StayCompetitiveintheHorseIndustrywithyourAdvancedCertificateinEquineStudies Whether you grew up around horses or have a passion about working with these magnificent animals, there are many career options for you in a variety of fields and industries. Most entry- level positions do not require more than a high school diploma, but the more advanced careers such as becoming a veterinarian or geneticist require years of university schooling. For professionals who do not have the skill or inclination to become a veterinarian, an alternative can be found in the equine studies courses program. Through this program, the student is trained to be a veritable horse specialist. The program combines four (4) online courses - Horse Care A, B, C and Horse Behavior. Horse Care A-C will teach the learner all about the physiology of the horse, how to care for the horse and even the business side of caring for the animal. Horse Behavior is where the learner is taught how to train. Combining the four courses together and the learner becomes the consummate horse specialist trained in all aspects of care. This prepares the learner to either be a good owner of horses or someone who can start and successfully manage a business with horses. The course is ideal for both enthusiast who want to upgrade their skills and/or follow their dream of working with horses or for professionals already working with horses who want to really specialize in caring for this type of animal. Equine studies online are a great way for writers to upgrade their skills and gain credentials in the equine care industry. A major advantage of taking classes online for professionals working with horses is that they are saved time and energy in travelling to their classes. All they need is a computer and an internet connection and they are set. And since they are already in the field, they are able to immediately apply what they have learned. This makes it easier for them to earn their advance certificate in equine studies. Students may opt to take the classes as online courses, correspondence courses or as e-learning classes. Earning a diploma in equine studies online is self paced, so that students learn what they need without pressure. Access to the online campus is available 24/7. Students may consult with their instructors (who are trained professionals in their field of study) via email or chat. Also the cost of the online classes is comparatively less compared to taking them in traditional schools. Flexible payment plans are also available. Duties Equine veterinarians are licensed animal health professionals who are qualified to diagnose and treat horses involved in various activities, from competition to production. An equine vet can work in a variety of environments, but will generally interact with both animal patients and human clients. The typical routine for an equine vet includes performing basic exams, giving routine vaccinations, drawing blood, prescribing medications, evaluating and suturing wounds,
  2. 2. performing surgeries, and post-surgical follow up exams. Other duties may include performing pre-purchase exams, monitoring the reproductive health of breeding stallions and broodmares, assisting with foalings, and taking x-rays. Equine veterinarians may work in conjunction with a farrier to correct angular limb deformities, solve lameness issues, and ensure proper balance of the equine foot. It is common for equine veterinarians to work a five to six day week with additional “on call” emergency responsibilities as needed. Work may occur outdoors in varying temperatures and weather conditions. Veterinarians, especially those working with large animals, should always follow proper safety precautions to minimize the risk of injury while working with their patients. Career Options According to statistics from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), more than 75% of vets work in private practice. Equine veterinarians in private practice may either work from their vehicle (making farm visits) or in an equine veterinary clinic. Many equine vets offer a combination of both clinic-based and mobile services. It is not uncommon for equine veterinarians to have a mixed practice which includes other livestock species such as cattle, sheep, or goats. Others choose to offer a mixed practice serving both small and large animal patients. According to the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), nearly half of equine veterinarians are involved with performance horses (44.8%). Other major areas of service include pleasure/farm work (17.2%), racing work (13.7%), and reproductive work (13.2%). The AVMA’s most recent (Dec. 2010) employment survey indicated that there were 3,753 veterinarians in exclusively equine practice, with an additional 4,326 involved in mixed practice. Outside of private practice, vets also find work as college professors or educators, pharmaceutical sales representatives, military personnel, government inspectors, and researchers. Education and Training All equine veterinarians graduate with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, the culmination of a rigorous course of study involving both small and large animal species. There are 28 colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States that offer a DVM degree. Upon graduation, vets must also successfully complete the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE). Approximately 2,500 vets pass this exam and enter the field each year. At the
  3. 3. end of 2010, the most recent AVMA employment survey available, there were 95,430 practicing U.S. veterinarians. Job Outlook According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the veterinary profession will expand at a much faster rate than average—nearly 33% from 2008 to 2018. The limited number of graduates from vet programs will translate to excellent job prospects in the field. The AAEP reports that their highest numbers of U.S. equine vets are located in California, Texas, and Florida. Outside of North America, the three countries with the highest concentrations of equine veterinarians are Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom. With over nine million horses in the United States alone, demand for equine medical services should continue to increase at a healthy rate for the foreseeable future. Demand for equine specialists should continue to grow.