Our sophisticated, whole horsemanship approach provides instruction, demonstration and real-world hands-on experience by combining science, management, physical skills and practical horse sense.
The only four-year Animal Science - Equine Science program at Southern Illinois University in the entire State of Illinois, ours is among the most comprehensive and applied in the country.
What will I study?
Our cutting-edge classes focus on the major areas of animal production and management, including animal health, reproduction, physiology, genetics, biotechnology, nutrition, training and riding.
Other advanced classes such as horse care and athletic development, equine business, gaits and movement, breeding and genetics, health care and rehabilitative therapies, training with respect, riding in partnership and balance and in-depth horse-business management give students a practical yet scientific foundation in Equine Science.
The expectations and responsibilities of students at the horse farm increase and get more challenging with every horse management course they take. Students perform horse-care and management duties from day one.
Basic chores are later supplemented with administration of treatments and medications, training young stock, assisting with breeding and foaling and ultimately handling stallions and starting horses under saddle.
Our on-campus study culminates with each student assigned full responsibility for the care, management and training of a subset of the SIU Carbondale horse herd.
Completion of the curriculum requires a one-semester horse industry internship.
Our unique and demanding academic specialization in Equine Science launches a variety of exciting careers in the horse industry, ranging from managing horse breeding facilities to equine research, farriery, college instruction, breed associations, feed and pharmaceutical sales, event management, human organizations, cooperative extensions, equine massage/physical therapy and horse publications.
Our required semester-long internship at a professional horse enterprise ensures specialized management experience and industry placement.
Job titles include:
- Horse breeding facility manager
- Lesson stables manager
- Race and show training stables manager
- Horse boarding facilities manager
- Farm manager
- Front-office and business manager
- Research and development executive
- Feed and pharmaceutical salesperson
- Breed associations representative
- Computerized equine educational programming executive
- Junior College and 4-year college instructor
- Equine event manager
- Horse dentist
- Equine instructor
- Racetrack manager
- Equine insurance agent
- Equine extension service agent
- Horse jockey
- Cinema & Horse Trainer
- Equine massage/physical therapist
- Veterinarian technician
- Laboratory animal technician
- Therapeutic riding instructor
- Equine publications writer
- Companion Animal Nutrition
- Animal Science
- Livestock Production Laboratory
- Companion Animal Care and Management
- Livestock Products and Processing
- Animal Selection and Evaluation. Livestock, Horses, Dairy
- Riding and Position Control
- 48 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesVeterinary Medicine Animal Sciences Genetics View 67 other Bachelors in Veterinary Medicine in United States
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
Choose from our more than 200 undergraduate programs (Majors) in eight different colleges. Determine if you meet our minimum requirements to a Bachelor's (undergraduate) program for:
- freshmen - fewer than 26 college credits
- transfer - more than 26 college credits
- Transcripts from high school and/or college
A financial statement - showing a minimum of $40,000 within the last 6 months
No SAT is required for admission, unless you want to apply for a merit scholarship award (minimum SAT score required)
International19274 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9637 USD per semester during 48 months.
National7710 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 3855 USD per semester during 48 months.
In-State7710 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 3855 USD per semester during 48 months.
Living costs for Carbondale
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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