- Type of Degree: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
- Location: Randolph Center Campus
- Credit Requirements: 62
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.
Related club: Dressage Team
Students with an Associate in Applied Science in Equine Studies will be able to:
- Demonstrate fundamentals of equine care and facility management by utilizing knowledge to satisfactorily complete a predetermined set of skills with a minimum of 80% success
- Assess, critique, devise, and implement plans for using both teaching and training techniques, including their application in hands-on lab settings
- Demonstrate their understanding of issues in the equine industry, eventually presenting their appraisal of and recommendations about a defined area of the industry
- Review, examine, and draw conclusions about scientific theories concerning equine health, behavior, and care
Equine Studies students must provide or arrange for their own transportation to and from the equine facility, which is located seven miles from campus. The program does encourage students to carpool whenever possible.
Students must complete a minimum of four semesters of EQS 2025, two in the freshman year, unless the department approves an alternate schedule.
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Education & Career Opportunities
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.
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