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Olds College launches New Equine Care & Management Certificate

October 05, 2022

Olds College of Agriculture & Technology is launching a new Equine Care & Management Certificate for fall 2023. Offered through the College’s School of Life Science and Business, the new one-year program prepares students for a rewarding career in the equine sector through hands-on labs, classroom lectures and work-integrated learning. 

“We are very excited to be launching the new Equine Care & Management Certificate for fall 2023,” comments Debbie Thompson, Vice President, Academic & Students Experience. “Olds College of Agriculture & Technology worked very closely with industry and our faculty team to develop a program that will deliver in-demand graduates, while increasing flexibility and course options for students.” 

Dr. Jaryn Scheck, Instructor, School of Life Science & Business comments, “the new program aims to create an inclusive environment for all learners interested in learning about the whole horse. Students will learn about equine behaviour and horsemanship, equine health, and the business of the equine industry. Students will also participate in a six to eight week work integrated learning placement within the equine industry.”  

The certificate focuses on foundational knowledge and skills of equine behaviour and handling, management of horses and horse herds, how to respond when first aid is required and how to communicate effectively within the equine industry. Students will take three mandatory courses and two electives each term.

For students interested in riding, they will have an opportunity to select riding courses for their electives. Twenty students will be accepted into the new Equine Care & Management Certificate. Applications open October 5, 2022 for the new program, with students on campus for fall 2023.

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