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Equine Science – Breeding Farm Management (Certificate)


Department Chair/Program Coordinator Contact Information: 

Department Chair: Steve Keith, skeith@nctc.edu, (940) 668-4217

Program Advisor:   Becky Terrell, bterrell@nctc.edu, (940) 668-7731 x4372

 

North Central Texas College is located in the heart of the horse industry of North Texas. The horse industry is a highly diverse industry that supports a wide variety of activities in all regions of the country. Of the approximately 9.2 million horses in the US, nearly 1 million of those reside in Texas. The Equine Science program at NCTC offers a great deal of hands-on experience in training, breeding and management, as well as classroom instruction on the science and business aspects of the horse industry.

Students not only work within the program but directly with many of the outstanding professionals and facilities in the area thereby gaining important work experience and contacts within the industry. The diverse student population encompasses individuals from many levels of experience, disciplines, and background including international students that come to study in the program.

Equine Breeding Farm Management Certificate curriculum focuses on physiology of reproduction as well as the business and management aspects of this side of the equine industry.  Coursework may also be applied to any of the other certificates offered as well as both AAS Degree programs. Some of the careers available to graduates include, Breeding Farm/General Farm Mgt., Vet Technician, Laboratory and Research vocations, Pedigree Analysis, Bloodstock Agent, Sales Prep and Marketing, and related Industry Retail/Sales.

 In addition to formal academic instruction, NCTC Equine offers equine related extracurricular activities including Stock Horse, Judging, and IHSA Western Show Teams. These teams give students the chance to compete in an intercollegiate format that will contribute invaluable life lessons as part of their educational experience.  

Important Notice:  Students should also note that this is a very rigorous program that requires a large amount of time, significant class loads, and additional lab and work experiences outside of regular course work.

Upon completion of the certificate:

  1. Graduates will be able to identify the major horse breeds and describe their characteristics.
  2. Graduates will be able to demonstrate correct and safe handling of horses.
  3. Graduates will be able to discuss the management practices used at a breeding farm, and the reasoning behind these practices.
  4. Graduates will be able to perform basic skills necessary for employment at a typical breeding operation.
  5. Graduates will be able to restate proper management procedures during gestation and foaling, as well as basic semen collection, evaluation, insemination, and semen transportation.
  6. Graduates will be able to evaluate conformation and how it affects horses’ desirability, quality of movement, and usability.

Students pursing this certificate typically incur tuition and fee costs of $4,130.  Books and supplies constitute approximately an additional $890 across the entire degree.  Financing for this program may be available through scholarships, loans, and institutional financing plans. 

The program is designed to take one year or 48 weeks to complete and is comprised of the following suggested pathway or course of study.  This certificate is only offered in a face-to-face format.

Certificate Requirements

First Semester

AGEQ 1205EQUINE ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT

2 credit hours

AGEQ 1411EQUINE SCIENCE I (HORSE PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT)

4 credit hours

AGEQ 1401EQUINE BEHAVIOR AND TRAINING I

4 credit hours

AGRI 1309COMPUTERS IN AGRICULTURE

3 credit hours

Total Credit Hours:13

Second Semester

AGEQ 2310EQUINE BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

3 credit hours

AGEQ 2311EQUINE SCIENCE II (ADVANCED HORSE PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT)

3 credit hours

AGCR 1441FORAGE AND PASTURE MANAGEMENT

4 credit hours

AGEQ 1350EQUINE REPRODUCTION

3 credit hours

Total Credit Hours:13

Third Semester

AGRI 2301AGRICULTURAL POWER UNITS

3 credit hours

OR

AGRI 2303AGRICULTURAL CONSTRUCTION I

3 credit hours

AGAH 1372AGRICULTURAL SPANISH

3 credit hours

AGEQ 2386INTERNSHIP - EQUINE SCIENCE

3 credit hours

Total Credit Hours:9

Total Credit Hours: 35