Equine Studies

Your passion for horses can become a career. Our Equine Studies program provides flexibility to pursue a variety of careers in the larger equine industry. In addition to the traditional equine careers such as 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.

The depth and breadth of topics in our program is vast in relation to other comparable two-year programs.

For those seeking a bachelor’s degree, the Equine Studies degree blends seamlessly into the BS in Applied Business Management (online) or into the BS in Diversified Agriculture.

We will no longer be accepting applications for Fall 2019.

A student 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
  • Understand issues in the equine industry and present an appraisal and recommendations regarding a defined area of the industry
  • Review, examine, and draw conclusions about scientific theories concerning equine health, behavior, and care

The student must arrange for their own transportation to and from the equine facility, which is located seven miles from campus. The program encourages 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. 

Careers in Equine Studies

Placement Rate
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Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of 2018 National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2017 (October 2018)

Job Projections
Animal Trainers
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National Employment for Animal Trainers, 2017 (source: BLS).

Median Pay
All Occupations

2017 Median Pay (Animal Trainers) vs. National Median for All occupations (2017), Source: BLS

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of '12-'16
  • Green Mtn. Horse Association Sperry View Farm
  • Yankee Farm Credit Danville Animal Hospital
  • Black Mtn. Colorado Dude Ranch Lazy Acres Equine
  • SmartPak Equine Horze
  • VetriSCIENCE Laboratories Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital
  • Finishing Touch Equine Service Associated Veterinary Services
  • Prince Charles Enterprises Solhelmar Farm
  • Macan Farms Move Free Equine
  • Verstegen Cutting Horses LC Equestrian
  • Sugarman of Vermont High Horses Therapeutic
  • Riding Program Horse & Human Bodywork of VT
  • Autism Services of S. Carolina Maple Valley Stables
  • Horse Trainer Head Wrangler
  • Riding Instructor Equine Massage Therapist
  • Veterinary Technician Assistant Trainer
  • Sales Representative Owner
  • Surgery Technician Groom

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