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Interested in Developing an Equine Specialty? Here’s Your Chance

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 22, 2012 06:45

Guelph, Ontario – March 9, 2012 - Imagine being able to take those skills you’ve learned as a veterinary technician and build upon them further with a specialty in horses. The University of Guelph has unveiled its new Equine Veterinary Technician Certificate, which will offer a unique, hands-on educational opportunity to provide equine-specific academic and skill development for Veterinary Technicians in the form of online and face-to-face practicum courses.


Designed to stimulate intellectual curiosity and build upon the student’s passion for horses, this professional development program will assist students in acquiring the knowledge and skills to launch a productive career in the equine industry, including those with an interest in working in an equine hospital, large animal veterinary practice, rescue hospital, racetrack or horse breeding facility. Motivated students can complete the Equine Veterinary Technician Certificate in just one year.


"The Equine Veterinary Technician Certificate will provide technicians who have an interest in horses with additional equine-specific skills and knowledge,” said Dr. Irene Moore, Associate Director (Academic) of the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus. “This is anticipated to provide them with enhanced job opportunities in the equine industry."


Offered through the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus, Equine Guelph, and the Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support, the Equine Veterinary Technician Certificate consists of 12-week online courses including Advanced Equine Behaviour, Advanced Equine Functional Anatomy, and Advanced Equine Health through Nutrition.  Students will also receive hands-on, practical knowledge through face-to-face intensive courses in Equine Reproduction, Equine Critical Care, and Equine Dentistry.


However, the online portion of this program is not just restricted to veterinary technicians; this learning opportunity would also be suitable to students who have an interest in bettering their knowledge when it comes to equine health, behaviour and functional anatomy.

Courses start in May 2012 beginning with Advanced Equine Functional Anatomy with instructor Dr. Jeff Thomason, a University of Guelph (Biomedical Sciences) Anatomy professor. This course will build on students’ experiences with horses and explore current research and evidence-based practice pertaining to anatomy.


For more information or to apply for the Equine Veterinary Technician Certificate, please contact the Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support at info@coles.uoguelph.ca, call 519-767-5000 or visit www.equinestudiesdiploma.com.


About The Centre of Open Learning and Educational Support

The Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support provides expertise and leadership to the University of Guelph community and our partners in the following: the scholarship and practice of teaching, technology-enhanced education, open learning and professional development. We provide support for teaching and learning that is evidence-based, responsive, developmental, and based on best practices.

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