Length of Program: 1 YearProgram Intakes: Fall Intake (October program start)October 2020

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Equine Reproduction Technician

Applications Open: October

Length of Program: One Year

Program Status: Open

Become a specialist in equine reproduction with the Equine Reproduction Technician certificate. This one year program — unique in Alberta — we’ll 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 embryo transfer, AI and Transported Cooled Semen, as well as, the interpretation of ultrasounds. 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, fertility throughout pregnancy, and caring for the mare during the foaling process on the commercial breeding/foaling operation at the College.

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

  • Online Term 1 starts October 24, 2022 – ends December 16, 2022
  • Online Term 2 starts January 9, 2023 – ends March 3, 2023
  • On-Campus Term 3 starts March 13, 2023 – ends June 23, 2023

Applications Open: First Wednesday (9 a.m.) of October

Length of Program: One Year

Method of Delivery: Blended Online and Olds Campus

Credentials: Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will receive an Olds College certificate for Equine Reproduction Technician.

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  • "This program is designed to offer specialized training for people interested in equine reproduction. It will allow anyone who wants to own, operate, or work in a breeding or foaling facility to gain the skills and experience necessary to be successful. It will also open doors for students in the Equine Science program, as they will have the opportunity to take the new program to follow up their studies and become certified in equine reproduction."
    • Dr. Marion Anderson, Instructor, Equine Reproduction Technician

Admission Requirements

  • Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement

AND

  • 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;

OR

  • 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 enrolment and any available interim/ mid term 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.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition: $5,020 / Fees: $1,170 / Books & Supplies: $1,000

Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for complete details.

* Please note that international students pay 3.5 times the domestic tuition amount. These fees are provided as estimates only for the purposes of budgeting. All students should refer to the Fee Schedule for the most accurate information and all fees are subject to change.*

Tuition, Fees & Payments

Scholarships & Student Awards

Olds College 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 - $1500 for students applying for the 2022-2023 academic year and have a paid tuition deposit by June 15, 2022.

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.

Course Details

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)

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 operations.
  • Working with an equine veterinarian at a breeding farm or in an equine practice offering breeding services.

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

ALIS Occupational Profiles

Admitted Student Information

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 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 portal.office.com
  • 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 (2 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 in the animal care throughout the program. 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.  In the spring, 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 centred 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.

For More Information

Our Admissions office can help navigate you through the admissions process and answer any questions you have about your program of study.

☎ 403.556.8281
☎ 1.800.661.6537
✉ horses@oldscollege.ca

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