Careers in the Equine Industry
There are numerous careers in the equine industry, and a broad range of courses on offer at TAFE, university, and private colleges. The Ranvet website provides a great summary of jobs in the equine industry.
Some of these jobs include –
- Equine Veterinarian: Equine veterinarians look after everything health related with your horse. They provide health care and advice on what is best for your horse as well as performing procedures and surgeries.
Course: Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
- Equine Veterinary Nurse/Technician: Equine veterinary technicians/nurses provide assistance to veterinarians as they complete exams and surgical procedures.
Course: Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, Bachelor of Veterinary Technology
- Farrier: Farriers are responsible for trimming, shoeing, and maintaining horse’s hooves. Most farriers learn the trade via apprenticeship or via a course. This job can be physically demanding.
Course: Certificate III in Farriery
- Mounted Police Officer: Mounted police officers use their horses to discourage crime whilst providing crowd control. Mounted police officers must perform general duties for 3 years before joining the mounted police.
Course: Bachelor of Policing, Diploma of Policing, training through Victoria Police
- Breeding (Broodmare/Stallion) Manager: Breeding managers supervise mares, foals and stallions whilst keeping detailed production records. In larger organisations there may be a stallion manager and a broodmare manager.
Course: Certificate III in Horse Breeding
- Racehorse Trainer: Racehorse trainers’ condition and train the horses they are in charge of for race meets.
Course: Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer)
- Jockey/Track Rider: A jockey/track rider rides racehorses according to the trainer’s instructions. Jockeys can ride multiple races each day, as well as working horses in the morning with track riders.
Course: Certificate III in Racing (Track Rider)
- Stable Hand/Groom: Grooms provide daily care for horses in their care. They can be responsible for cleaning stalls, washing horses, tacking up and traveling with the horses they are looking after.
Courses: Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stable Hand), Certificate II in Racing (Stable Hand)
- Bloodstock Agent: These agents evaluated horses at auction and bid on them on behalf of client as well as purchasing horses on behalf of clients. They also track down specific bloodlines for breeding and have a good knowledge of pedigrees and conformation.
- Equine Health Practitioner: This can include but is not limited to an equine chiropractor, massage therapist, acupuncturist, and physiotherapist. The job can require travel to elite horse events and stables to treat horses. There is still course work and qualifications to become a health practitioner.
- Show management: For a show to happen and be successful, there are many people behind the scenes that help make things run smoothly. The staff at a horse show often includes managers, officials, course designers, ring stewards, scribes, and scorekeepers.
- Rider agent: Agents help manage top riders’ careers and book the riders shows or races all over the world. Agents may have a business or PR background and may need to handle travel and sponsorships for their riders.
- Equine transport provider: Equine transporters haul horses by truck as well as fly them around the world for competitions or for sale. It requires knowledge of horses and how to handle them in addition to logistics.
Marcus Oldham College is a reputable private college that offers a range of courses in agriculture and equine studies, including –
Diploma of Equine Management – this intensive one-year program aims to equip students with the practical husbandry and business skills necessary for a successful career in their chosen field. The course is structured equally into three broad areas: practical and horse management skills, equine science, and business management. Graduates will be able to work as handlers, overseers and managers in studs and broodmare farms.
Situated on 200 hectares near Geelong Victoria, close to the beaches of the Great Ocean Road and 1-hour from Melbourne, Marcus provides accommodation equipped with private bed/study rooms, internet access, games and TV rooms, outdoor sports facilities, indoor gym, and library. All meals are provided daily in our College Dining Room and during leisure hours, students can enjoy a range of social and sporting activities within Marcus and surrounding universities, clubs, and organisations.
Interested students are invited to watch the following YouTube clip - Diploma of Equine Management – Marcus Oldham.
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