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Equine Reproduction Technician

Equine Reproduction

Become a specialist in equine reproduction with the Equine Reproduction Technician certificate.

This one year program — unique in Canada — will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to manage or operate an equine breeding facility, taught from experienced instructors and Doctors of Veterinary Medicine.

Through hands-on instruction, you’ll gain proficiency with common modern reproductive techniques, such as hand breeding, artificial insemination (AI) and transporting cooled semen, as well as, the interpretation of ultrasounds. You will also be exposed to frozen semen and embryo transfer. Over the course of the program, you’ll gain confidence in managing the process of breeding horses from semen collection and insemination, to managing synchronization and fertility issues. You will manage mares in late pregnancy and care for the mare during the foaling process on the commercial breeding/foaling operation at Olds College of Agriculture & Technology.

Program Intake: Fall Intake (October program start) *APPLICATIONS OPEN*


Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will receive a certificate for Equine Reproduction Technician.

Program Details

    • Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement


    • Completion of the Olds College of Agriculture & Technology Equine Science or 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. Submit a Verification Form to verify the required 120 hours.
      • 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.

    Academic Upgrading and High School Applicants: Applicants currently in high school or who are completing academic upgrading must submit proof of enrollment 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.

    Transfer Options: Olds College has developed agreements with other educational institutions to allow for transition to Olds College, or to another institution to continue your education. Articulations & Agreements

    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.

  • Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for complete details.

    Tuition, Fees & Payments

    Scholarships & Student Awards

    Olds College of Agriculture & Technology offers over 450 awards, valued at $500,000+ in scholarships, bursaries and prizes. Thanks to our industry partners, alumni, and friends of Olds College we are fortunate to offer a generous student awards program to students.

    For additional information on scholarships, bursaries and prizes at Olds College, visit Scholarships & Awards.

    Entrance Awards Available!

    Entrance awards range from $250 - $1,500 for students applying for the upcoming academic year and have paid the tuition deposit by the deadline.

    Awards are selected randomly from those that have applied and qualify based on the criteria.
    Award will be applied as a tuition credit to the student's account after the add/drop course deadline, confirming full-time attendance.
    Not all that apply will receive an entrance award.

    Student Funding

    For information on how to apply for government student loans, financial aid or for help with financial planning, visit our Student Funding page.

  • For course descriptions and requisites, view the Academic Calendar.

    Academic Calendar: Equine Reproduction Technician

    Term 1
    • Complete all of the following
      • Online
      • Completed the following:
        • EQN2413 - Reproductive Fundamentals (3-0-0 hrs)
        • EQN2414 - Maximizing Fertility in the Mare and Stallion (3-0-0 hrs)
    Term 2
    • Complete all of the following
      • Online
      • Completed the following:
        • EQN2401 - Breeding Management (3-0-0 hrs)
        • EQN2402 - Foaling & Foal Management (3-0-0 hrs)
    Term 3
    • Complete 1 of the following
      • On Site
      • Completed the following:
        • EQN2411 - Application of Breeding Management Techniques (0-12-0 hrs)
        • EQN2412 - Applied Techniques for Foaling and Foal Management (0-6-0 hrs)
  • Olds College of Agriculture & Technology 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 operations
    • Working with an equine veterinarian at a breeding farm
    • Offering breeding services at an equine practice

    Visit ALIS to find Occupational Profiles with current wages, industry trends and more!

    ALIS Occupational Profiles

  • Program Dates

    Find out when your term start and end dates are, so that you know when you are expected to be in attendance. For more information, please review the Program Dates & Fee Schedule.

    Class Registration

    You will be registered into your classes automatically. This will happen approximately 1 month prior to the start-date for your program. You will be notified once you have been timetabled into your courses. You will be able to see your class schedule in your My Olds College account. If you need to make any changes to your class registration, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

    Technology Recommendation

    It is strongly recommended that you come to Olds College of Agriculture & Technology with the following technology:

    • A laptop is preferred (Mac or PC)

    As part of your student accounts, all students have access to Office 365 for the duration of their time with Olds College. To access this you just need to follow these steps:

    • Go to
    • Enter your Olds College email address and password
    • Once logged in, there is a button on the right that says “Install Office Apps”
    This will give you access to the full Office suite on your computer, for both Windows and Mac based platforms.

    Materials & Supplies

    The following items are required to be purchased prior to the start of your program:

    • Safety approved hockey helmet
    • Composite or steel-toed boots
    • Sturdy snug fitting gloves
    • At least one pair of coveralls (two preferable)
    • Rubber boots

    Information on other required textbooks and any further supplies will be provided as you attend each class. All books and supplies will be available during the first few weeks of classes in the College Campus Store.

    Other Important Information

    • Dress Code: You will be required to be outside during inclement weather and need to be dressed appropriately. We expect all students in the Equine Reproduction Technician program to dress as equine industry professionals during class time.

    • Time Requirements: As this program involves learning with animals, you will be actively involved with animal care throughout the 15 weeks on campus. This requires you to perform duties in the evenings and on weekends and holidays. You will be involved in the chores and day to day care of the animals that are required for the program. During the 15 weeks on campus, students will be assisting with the foaling and the breeding of client mares which will require weekend attendance and your participation during the Easter break and the May Long Weekend.

    • Student Clubs: Students are invited to join the Horseman's Club, which organizes social and educational activities centered around the horse for its members. The Rodeo Club and Judging Club are also very active and successful clubs and membership is open to anyone registered as a student at the College and is interested in these activities.

"The Equine Reproduction Technician program is a perfect balance of professional education and high expectations, in an environment that creates many smiles and connections. Designed on the foundation of providing the best possible equine care and management as the number one priority at all times, this certificate will give you the knowledge and experience to pursue the many opportunities that this industry has to offer."

Sydney King, Class of 2022

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Program at a Glance

Length: One Year

Delivery Method: Blended

Program Intake: Fall

Applications Open: October

Program Status: Open