Equine Science Concentration

The Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department’s Animal Science major BS degree offers an Equine Science concentration that is based on knowledge of basic scientific concepts applied to the equine species and combined with hands-on stable management experience. Students learn the scientific concepts and practical application of the management, nutrition, veterinary care, breeding, and handling of horses through comprehensive coursework and technical training at the UMass Hadley Farm Equine Center. Students in the Equine Science concentration work alongside equine health and reproductive specialists to learn herd and health management and the breeding industry including stallion collection, artificial insemination, pregnancy, and foaling. Students also have the opportunity to gain clinical experience working with our certified faculty in the new Equine Rehabilitation program

Additional courses in this concentration include equine nutrition, equine behavior and learning theory, equine sports medicine, and development of young horses. Students will acquire basic scientific knowledge by taking courses in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, and general animal science to broaden their knowledge and skills, preparing them for an array of careers, veterinary school, or graduate studies. The graduates of the Equine Science concentration will have many career opportunities. Career options include: veterinarian, nutritionist, equine rehabilitation practitioner, chiropractor, equine marketing specialist, breed association professional, equine science teacher, equine-assisted therapy director, and pharmaceutical research/sales. Students in the Equine Science concentration will gain real-world experience and build professional contacts through our internship program, career seminars, and industry association events. Students are encouraged to be involved in clinics and shows that are routinely held at the Hadley Farm, including multiple collegiate and USEF/USDF breed shows, along with the American Hanoverian Society Inspection.

For additional information, please contact curicchio [at] umass.edu (Cassandra Uricchio) or jrsmith [at] umass.edu (Jillianne Smith) 

Animal Science Major - Equine Science Concentration

Equine Science Checklist

Freshman Year - Fall

     ANIMLSCI 101 - Intro to Animal Science, 4
     BIOLOGY 151 - Intro Biology I, 4
     MATH 104 - Pre-Calculus, 3
     General Education Class AI/AT/SB/HS/I +DG or DU, 4
     FYFS Freshmen Seminar or Residential Academic Program (RAP), 1
       Credits 16

Freshman Year - Spring

    ANIMLSCI 103 - Intro  Animal Management, 4
    BIOLOGY 152/153 - Intro Biology II and Lab, 5
    CHEM 111 - General Chemistry I, 4
    ENGLWRIT 112 - College Writing, 3
    MATH 127- Calculus (Prereq for Vet School), 3
      Credits 16/19     

Sophomore Year - Fall 

     ANIMLSCI 220 - Anatomy & Physiology, 4
     ANIMLSCI 236 * - Equine Management I, 2
     ANIMLSCI 260 - Animal Welfare, 4
     CHEM 112 - General Chemistry II, 4
     STATS 111 or STATS 240 or RESECON 212- Statistics OR General Education Class, 3/4
       Credits, 17/18   

Sophomore Year - Spring 

     ANIMLSCI 256*​​​​ *- Equine Management II, 2     
     ANIMLSCI 285 - Cellular & Molecular Biology, 3
     CHEM 250 or CHEM 261 - Organic Chemistry, 3
     STATS 111 or STATS 240 or RESECON 212- Statistics OR General Education Class, 3/4
     General Education Class, 4
       Credits 15/16

Junior Year - Fall 

     ANIMLSCI 301 * - Equine Learning & Behavior, 3
     ANIMLSCI 311 - Genetics, 3
     ANIMLSCI 333 * -Equine, Cattle & Companion Animal Nutrition,3
     ANIMLSCI 373 *- Equine Diseases or ANIMLSCI 472 or ANIMLSCI 572 (spring semester), 3
     BIOCHEM 320 - Biochemistry, 3
       Credits 15

Junior Year - Spring 

     ANIMLSCI 302 *- Development and Training of the Horse, 3
     ANIMLSCI 320 - Animal Business Management, 3
     ANIMLSCI 392A - Careers in Animal Science, 1
     MICROBIOLOGY 310 - Microbiology, 3
     Elective or General Education Class, 3/4
       Credits 13/14

Senior Year - Fall 

     ANIMLSCI 401 *- Management of the Equine Athlete, 3
     ANIMLSCI 494PI - IE- Adv. Animal Health & Management or ANIMLSCI 494OH - IE: One Health, 3
     NATSCI 387 - CNS Junior Writing or Elective, 3/4
     General Education Class, 4
     Elective, 3/4
       Credits 16/18

Senior Year - Spring

     ANIMLSCI 402 *- Equine Rehabilitation, 3
     ANIMLSCI 494GI -IE: Good Intentions or ANIMLSCI 494PI -Adv. Animal Health & Management (fall), 3
     ANIMLSCI 421 - Wildlife Reproduction or ANIMLSCI 521 - Physiology of Reproduction, 3/4
     ANIMLSCI 445A - Equine Reproduction Lab, 1
     Elective, 3/4

* Satisfies lines 1-5 in Equine Science Subplan requirement.

Equine Science Concentration - Additional Subplan Requirement

6. Take one of the following lab courses:

     ANIMLSCI 365 - Fundamental Vet & Biomedical Lab, 3
     ANIMLSCI 366 - Veterinary Microbiology Lab, 2
     ANIMLSCI 385 - Biotechnology Lab, 3
     ANIMLSCI 445A - Equine Reproduction, 1
     ANIMLSCI 487 - Fundamental Vertebrate Embryology, 3