Diploma in Equine Management
This unique programme provides you with a mixture of applied business concepts and science-based modules infused with equine management. This makes the course ideal for applicants who want to move into self-employment, small company management, or are considering an equine career in a scientific context, including postgraduate study, research, and teaching. The equine-related industries provide some of the world’s most exciting and fulfilling experiences. Whether in breeding, racing, equestrian or interrelated activities, the opportunities are boundless.
High-quality skills, experience, and a well-rounded education will open doors for graduates of the Prime College Diploma of Equine Management.
Internationally recognized by major sectors of the horse industry, the Diploma of Equine Management aims to equip students with the practical husbandry and business skills necessary for a successful career in their chosen field. The intensive two-year Diploma of Equine Management is structured equally into three broad areas: practical and horse management skills, equine science, and business management.
Developed in close consultation with industry, students are exposed to a diverse range of prominent leaders specializing in riding, training and management techniques, business philosophies, industry views, marketing strategies, and administrative practices. To ensure students have obtained essential horse management skills, all students participate in horse handling and have the option to select the riding stream.
The Diploma in equine Management is a program that combines learning the biology, physiology, and behavior of horses with developing competencies in handling horses and knowledge of the economic and managerial aspects of the equine industry. It features a hands-on approach to managing horses and provides a solid foundation in business principles and ethics with a focus on the environment and sustainability.
Graduating students will be prepared for a broad range of leadership and managerial positions in the industry. Students can also take this major as an entry point to the field of veterinary medicine.
Our animal management course will help you develop skills and knowledge in a realistic and professional environment.
The programmes equip you with the practical and technical skills needed for rewarding careers in the equine management industry, and you will be able to undertake work experience placements at local animal care and management organizations.
You will learn about:
Animal welfare and health; principles of behavior; feeding and care; basic animal biology; breeding programmes
The Higher National Diploma in Equine Management provides its learner the realistic and appropriate career-related opportunities worldwide for 21st-century employment markets.
Why choose Equine Management?
Here you’ll find support for studying Higher Nationals in Equine Management. Available at Levels 4 and 5, these specialist vocational qualifications teach learners the key concepts and practical skills for direct progression to, or within, employment.
Units offered include horse husbandry; animal health and welfare; enterprise and financial management for land-based industries; animal behavior; managing the breeding of horses.
Develop a range of skills in Equine Management?
In Equine Management students are encouraged to develop a range of important skills which are transferable to any walk of life.
The course is designed to replicate the Equine Management working environment, therefore you will; Gain a broad understanding of equine management and be able to study selected areas in more depth. Develop skills, knowledge, and understanding in Equine Management. Have an opportunity to apply learning in a practical and realistic way. Follow a programme of study which enables progression to both higher education and employment within the business. Develop personal, learning and thinking skills, which are highly valued by employers and universities. Gain confidence through developing independent learning skills.
The qualification places importance on applied learning and the practical application of skills, and it is particularly useful for those who are somewhat undecided on their next professional steps. This is because HNDs give students the option to either move directly into the workforce (often on a path towards a management role), or to continue their studies onto level 6 and beyond. Potential career paths following the successful graduation of the HND include animal behavior consultant, wildlife technician, veterinary care assistant, and animal care manager.
Higher National Diploma in Animal Management
The Level 5 HND in Animal Management requires two years’ study with the College. Throughout the course, you will be required to complete 15 core, optional and specialized modules (eight in year 1 and seven in year 2).
To achieve the qualification, a student must have completed units equivalent to 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 and scored at least a pass in 105 credits at level 4 and 105 credits at level 5, amounting to 210 + credits.
You will study the following units:
YEAR 1 - Level 4 HNC
Unit 1 : Research Project
Unit 2: Horse Husbandry
Unit 3: Animal Health and Welfare
Unit 4: Work-based Experience
Unit 5: Enterprise and Financial Management for Land-based
Unit 6: Human Resource Management
Unit 7: Biological Principles
Unit 8: Anatomy and Physiology
Unit 9: Principles of Animal Health
Unit 10: Animal Nutrition
Unit 11: Animal Behaviour
Unit 12: Health and Safety in the Land-based Workplace
Unit 13: Estate and Yard Maintenance
Unit 14: Principles of Stud Management
Unit 15: Develop and Implement an Equine Breeding Policy
Unit 16: Manage the Breeding of Horses
Unit 17: Manage Foaling and Care of the foal (15 credits)
Unit 18: Manage the Rearing of Equine Youngstock
Unit 19: Plan and Implement an Early Training Programme for
Unit 20: Develop and Implement a Training Programme for a
Unit 21: Equine Exercise Physiology
YEAR 2 - Level 5 HND
Unit 22: Equine Sports Medicine
Unit 23: Animal Husbandry Management
Unit 24: Management of the Performance Horse
Unit 25: Grassland Management
Unit 26: Genetics and their Application
Unit 27: Event Management for Land-based Industries
Unit 28: Riding Horses on the Flat
Unit 29: Riding Horses over Fences
Unit 30: Teaching a Specialist Subject
Unit 31: Visitor Attraction Management
Unit 32: Business Environment
Unit 33: Employability Skills
Unit 34: Environmental Management
Unit 35: Land Use Issues and Regulation
Unit 36: Small Business Enterprise
Unit 37: Sustainable Development
Unit 38: Project Management for Land-based Industries
Unit 39: Animal Law and Ethics
Unit 40: Animal Industry and Trade
Unit 41: Research Methods for Land-based Industries
Total Credits: 210+
Undergraduate Courses (Level 4 and 5)
Level 4 courses come in the form of 1st year of a bachelor's programme or HNC (Higher National Certificate). Depending on the type of associate degree a student may be able to start their 2nd year of bachelors (The course must be the same as the one they are applying for)
Level 5 courses come in the form of the 2nd year of a bachelor's programmes or an HND (Higher National Diploma). Depending on the Type of associate degree a student may be able to start their 3rd year of bachelors (The course must be the same as the one they are applying for).
Graduate Course (Level 6)
Level 6 courses are the final component in a bachelor’s degree.
Students who successfully completed Higher National Diploma in Equine Management qualification can progress onto Degree Top-Up programme at many Universities such as Hartpury University, Ontario Agriculture College, eres, University of Applied Sciences, University of Kentucky, Midway University, etc.
A career working with Horses
There are many potential job opportunities for those hoping to pursue a career working with horses. Career options may include those in equine health, sales, insurance, training, supplies, and services. Individuals with a talent for working with horses should be able to identify a few desirable jobs from this collection of possibilities.
Here is an always-evolving list of possible career paths in the equine industry. The list has been divided into several categories (please note that a few positions may be listed in multiple categories):
Equine Health & Service
Professions dedicated to equine health include the always popular option of equine veterinary medicine, but don’t forget about other roles such as massage therapist and farrier. Equine health careers tend to be highly paid opportunities, and this is especially the case with the roles of veterinarian and farrier (two of the highest paying animal careers profiled on this site). Equine Dental Technician; Equine Veterinarian; Equine Veterinary Technician; Farrier (Blacksmith); Massage Therapist; Track Veterinarian; Equine Management & Breeding
Riding and training careers are most frequently found in niche areas such as horse showing or horse racing. Trainers and riders must be particularly well attuned to equine behavioral signals to ensure their safety when working with young and potentially unpredictable animals. The jockey role is a particularly high-risk position, though those who are successful at the top level can be very well compensated for their efforts. Exercise Rider; Horse Trainer; Jockey; Racehorse Trainer; Racetrack Outrider; Riding Instructor; Equine Sales
Those with a knack for marketing and sales can find a number of options that will allow them to utilize those skills in the equine industry. Positions include those involved with selling equipment, pharmaceuticals, feed, tack, insurance, and more. Sales skills are highly transferable, and a good salesperson can readily transition from one area to another. A successful salesperson can earn extremely high levels of compensation, as performance-based payment and bonuses are common. Veterinary pharmaceutical sales representatives tend to earn top dollar. Equine Product Sales Representative; Feed Sales Representative; Pharmaceutical Sales Representative; Tack Shop Owner; Horse Racing
Careers in the horse racing industry can range from administrative positions to those working directly with racehorses on a hands-on basis. Administrative roles include bookkeeper, steward, and racing secretary. Roles that involve daily contact with horses include groom, outrider, and trainer. Those who work for very successful stables can earn much higher salaries than average, as the stable staff is often given a bonus based on the purse money won by their runners. Racetrack Starter; Racing Steward; Other Equine Careers
There are quite a few career paths that do not fall neatly into the previously mentioned categories. Here are some additional equine career paths of note: Equine Extension Agent; Equine Transporter; Mounted Police Officer; Equine Internships & Job Sites
Don’t forget that many equine internship options help students gain valuable hands-on experience in the horse industry. These opportunities also serve as one of the best ways to network with industry professionals and get leads on potential job openings. Many equine job search sites cater to those seeking horse industry careers.