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Equine Industries

Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences

Contact: Suzanne Mente
Program Coordinator
Office: Hadley Farm
Phone: (413) 549-3250
Email: mente@vasci.umass.edu

The Equine Industries program is intended to prepare individuals for a wide variety of jobs in the management, breeding, and care of horses. The university maintains a large herd of horses that gives students hands-on experiences in all aspects of the program including riding and horse training. Emphasis is also placed on developing and understanding the business and financial aspects of the industry.

Course of Study

First Semester

Credits

*ANIMLSCI 102 Equine Skills I

4

ANIMLSCI 150-154 - Equitation (Optional; level by testing; $800 fee)

1

*ANIMLSCI 220 Anatomy and Physiology

4

CHEM 102 General Chemistry

 

ENGLISH 120 English Composition

 

NATRES&E 191F First Year Seminar

1


Second Semester

Credits

*ANIMLSCI 141 Handling Horses

2

ANIMLSCI 150-154 - Equitation (Optional; level by testing; $800 fee)

1

*ANIMLSCI 247 Horse Breeds, Types, and Selection

 

BIOLOGY 102 Introductory Animal Biology

4

RES-ECON 140 Managing Your Own Business

 

RES-ECON 141 Consumer Marketing

2


June through August

Credits

*ANIMLSCI 198 Internship

2-3


Third Semester

Credits

ANIMLSCI 150-154 - Equitation (Optional; level by testing; $800 fee)

1

ANIMLSCI 232 Feeds and Feeding

2

ANIMLSCI 344 Theories and Methods of Instruction (Optional)

 

ANIMLSCI 360 Animal Care and Welfare

 

*ANIMLSCI 459 Horse Management

4

Math by placement exam

2-3


Fourth Semester

Credits

ANIMLSCI 150-154 - Equitation (Optional; level by testing; $800 fee)

1

ANIMLSCI 241 Breaking and Training

 

ANIMLSCI 298 Treatment Practicum

1

*ANIMLSCI 397A Horse Breeding

1

ANIMLSCI 442 Practice Teaching Equitation (Optional)

 

ANIMLSCI 445 Equine Stud Farm Management

 

*ANIMLSCI 497A Equine Diseases and Health Management

 


* A grade of C or better must be earned in these courses.