The Equine Science and Management degree program is perfect for students who have a passion for horses and enjoy working with broodmares, foals, yearlings, and stallions. Students who pursue this major will be able to find employment at different equine breeding and management facilities.
The Equine Science and Management program curriculum gives students the chance to take a variety of different courses from departments like liberal arts, basic science, and many professional courses that include:
· Stable Management
· Equine Health Management
· Equine Breeding
· Equine Anatomy
· Equine Physiology
· Yearling Horse Management
· Mare and Foal Management
· Equine Business Management
The wide variety of courses that students are required to complete will ensure that graduates are well rounded and well educated professionals in the equine breeding and production field. Graduates of the Equine Science and Management program have many career options to choose from and 99% of graduates find employment within six months of completion of the program. Students have gone into agribusiness, education, equine production, and some have even found employment with the government.
Graduates are most sought after by the equine industry as stallion managers, foaling managers, farm managers, breed association representatives, livestock specialist, and nutritional consultants. Students will also be able to find employed with feed manufactures, pharmaceutical companies, and veterinary supply companies. There are also graduates who choose to be involved with FFA and 4-H program and also teach at high schools and vocational programs.
Students may also choose to pursue a four year degree in general Equine Studies. This program will prepare students for a variety of different management positions in different equestrian facilities and include:
· Breeding Facilities
· Horse Show Management
· Business Management and Marketing
· Sales and Distribution
Equine Studies majors will have to pay additional cost over the regular tuition to cover the operational costs of maintaining the schools 48 horses that are used by the program. Students are also provided the opportunity to participate in an internship. This will help to familiarize the student with the facility and the program to insure that the students are going to be successful.
Delaware Valley College has an excellent equine facility located on the campus the Equestrian Center consists of:
· 84 x 280 foot indoor arena with an elevated viewing area
· 48 stalls
· Hay barn
· 120 x 90 foot outdoor show arena
· Round pen
· Cross county jumps
· Network of trails
· Breeding barn
· Breeding shed
· Open pastures for turn out
The Equestrian Center is an Official Approved British Horse Society Establishment and meets international standards for safety, horse care and instruction.
Students may also join the Delaware Valley College Equestrian Team. The team is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and competes in Zone 3, Region 2. Students may compete in hunt seat and stock seat shows against other students from different universities in the same zone and region. The hunt seat team has earned High Point Team and has been Reserve Champions for the last three seasons. The hunt seat coach, Cory Kieschnick, has earned the Coach of the Year award in 2004, 2005, and 2006.
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