Equine Reproduction Technician Certificate Program


Starting October 2018! 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:  The Equine Reproduction Technician program is an eight month, blended learning certificate program aimed at providing graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in or operate an equine breeding facility.  The program combines four months of online learning with four months of onsite, hands-on training.

Online programming includes the anatomy and physiology of the mare and stallion and early pregnancy, managing horses to maximize fertility, breeding management including manipulation of the estrus cycle, managing infertility and managing the periparturient mare and the neonatal foal.

Onsite programming included hands-on training in hand breeding, stallion semen collection and insemination, transported cooled semen, frozen semen and embryo transfer as well as managing and treating problem mares.  Students will also participate in the management of pregnant mares prior to foaling, during foaling and after foaling as well as care of the neonatal foal.  Students will have the opportunity to practice and perfect these skills as a participant in the commercial breeding/foaling operation at the college.


PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Manage the daily operation of a breeding facility.
  • Manage mares and stallions during the breeding season.
  • Perform the techniques required for modern breeding methods.
  • Evaluate the reproductive performance of breeding animals.
  • Maintain currency with research and technology in equine reproduction.
  • Manage pregnant mares before, during and after parturition.
  • Manage neonatal foals.


PROGRAM TIMELINE: The online portion of the program consists of two, seven week terms. The first term will be offered from late October to early December. The second will be offered from early January until late February.

Two courses will be offered each term.

The onsite portion of the program will be offered from early March until the end of June. Students will be required to successfully complete online courses before being allowed to participate in the onsite component of the program.

CREDENTIAL: Certificate




METHOD OF DELIVERY: Online & On-Campus Delivery



  • Fall Intake – mid/late October program start



  • October 1 for the Fall Intake


SELECTION PROCESS FOR ADMISSION: First Qualified, First Admitted



  • Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement (completed at minimum 3 years of formal education taught entirely in English or provide the results of a recognized English Language Proficiency exam).
  • Completion of the Olds College Equine Science or the Animal Health Technology diploma with a program GPA of 2.0 or higher.  An equivalent diploma or degree in equine studies or animal health, or a degree in veterinary medicine may also be considered;


  • 50% or better in English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2, and;
  • 50% or better in Biology 30, and;
  • 50% or better in Math 20-1 or 20-2, and;
  • 120 Hours of Job Shadowing and/or Employment.
    • Applicants must complete a minimum of 120 hours of paid and/or volunteer job shadowing and/or employment in an equine related business (may be completed on or outside of your family owned business/farm).  Hours are to be completed so the applicant is able to gain an understanding of the equine industry - the equine industry is both rewarding and challenging! 
    • The hours may be gained from more than one equine related business.
    • The job shadowing and/or employment hours are not required to be completed through a school program/class.
    • The job shadowing and/or employment hours must be completed prior to submitting the Verification Form.
    • The Verification Form must include the name & contact information of the supervisor/employer who most closely supervised the applicant in the location where the job shadowing and/or employment hours were gained.
    • The applicant will need to submit one Verification Form for each job shadowing/employment that was used to gain the required hours.


APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applicants are required to submit the following information:

  • An application and application fee of $78.75 ($75.00 + GST) online at oldscollege.ca/apply.
  • A post-secondary, high school and/or academic upgrading transcript of a completed credential and/or courses.
  • Proof of enrolment in any required course(s) not yet completed (e.g.: a timetable, list of courses signed by the counselor/principal, or letter from institution or staff/instructor).
  • Submit a Verification Form to verify the required 120 hours


ACADEMIC UPGRADING AND HIGH SCHOOL APPLICANTS: Applicants currently in high school or who are completing academic upgrading must submit proof of enrolment and any available interim/midterm marks. Final marks must be submitted within one month following the completion of the course(s) and no later than one month prior to the program start date.




OUT OF PROVINCE APPLICANTS: Please refer to the Provincial Equivalency Chart for course equivalencies.


INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: Olds College welcomes applications from international applicants and those who have completed their high school education outside of Canada. Please note, it is still necessary to meet all of the noted admission requirements, including English Language Proficiency. Further information can be found on our website under International Students.




TUITION, MANDATORY FEES, BOOKS, & SUPPLIES: Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for details.


CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: Olds College has a solid reputation working with employers in the industry! This directly translates into jobs for our graduates. Opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Owner/operator of a breeding operation.
  • Manager of large breeding operation.
  • Expanding services offered at a training/boarding facility to include breeding.
  • RVT in an equine breeding practice or an equine practice that offers breeding/foaling services.
  • Equine veterinarian at a breeding farm or in an equine practice offering breeding services. 

STUDENT LIFE: Campus activities are an important part of your experience at Olds College. Check out all that the campus has to offer for Student Life and make the most of your time here!


COME VISIT: Take advantage of our many opportunities to come for a campus visit. Contact our Campus Visit Coordinator, Marvin Deitzer, or check out our VIRTUAL TOUR. Further information, including upcoming events and tour dates for both the Olds Campus and The Fashion Institute in Calgary, AB, are available on our website.


This data comes from our academic database and is for the most current academic year.

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Cindy Orr
Admissions Officer

Phone: 403-507-7711
Toll Free: 1-800-661-6537
Fax: (403) 556-4711
Email: horses@oldscollege.ca

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