Applied Animal Science: Equine Management Concentration (A.A.S.)

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The equine industry in New England encompasses many different types of facilities and disciplines. Students in the equine management concentration combine courses utilizing the most recent technical information with related practical experience. They gain hands-on experience in bandaging, selection, ration-balancing by computer, fitting and care of equipment, and farm and barn analysis. They also acquire decision-making and managerial skills through the organization and running of a combined test competition each spring. Graduates have a solid foundation to pursue either employment or additional educational opportunities upon completion of the program.

The riding focus at UNH is balance seat with schooling in dressage, cross country, and stadium jumping. Thompson School students in horsemanship classes ride in the UNH program and have the opportunity to try out for the award-winning Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) or Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) teams.

Students who plan to continue their college education in a four-year major are encouraged to express their interest to their advisor. Together, student and adviser can develop a sequence of courses that will assist with the transition from the two-year to four-year degree program.

Career Opportunities (directly out of the associate degree program)

Horse and farm manager, sales (tack shops, grain companies, among other industries), horse show manager, veterinary assistant/equine practice, or riding instructor (with additional studies), and several graduates have been employed in the insurance industry.

Graduates have become animal control officers, have worked with mounted police units, and have worked at the NHSPCA.

Several graduates have gone on and earned their Bachelor degrees in several different majors, and others have earned their Masters degrees.  Several have dual majored in education and have become agricultural vocational educational teachers.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the Thompson School of Applied Science General Education requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of the Applied Animal Science Equine Management program. Equine Management students are required to take:

AAS 428Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals3
AAS 428AAnatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals Lab for AAS majors1
or AAS 428B Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals Lab for VTEC majors
AAS 426Equine Conformation and Lameness4
AAS 431Introduction to Animal Science4
AAS 432Introduction to Forage and Grassland Management3
AAS 434Equipment and Facilities Management3
AAS 436Equine Show Preparation and Competition1
AAS 437Equine Handling and Care Techniques4
AAS 439Fundamentals of Animal Health2
AAS 439AFundamentals of Animal Health Lab for Applied Animal Science Majors1
or AAS 439B Fundamentals of Animal Health Lab for Veterinary Technology Majors
AAS 535Animal Nutrition3
AAS 538Equine Handling/Longeing1
AAS 540Animal Breeding3
AAS 546Animal Business Applications4
AAS 552Equine Health Management4
AAS 553Equine Competition Management2
AAS 547Applied Equine Management3
AAS 597Applied Animal Science Work Experience0
ANSC 402Horsemanship3
ANSC 411Freshman Seminar in Equine Science1
ABM 404AIntroduction to Business I2
COM 212Writing in the Workplace3
or COM 210 Public Speaking
Total Credits55

Equine Management Program of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
AAS 428 Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals 3
AAS 428A
Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals Lab for AAS majors
or Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals Lab for VTEC majors
AAS 431 Introduction to Animal Science 4
AAS 437 Equine Handling and Care Techniques 4
ANSC 411 Freshman Seminar in Equine Science 1
COM 209 Expository Writing and Reading 4
AAS 426 Equine Conformation and Lameness 4
AAS 436 Equine Show Preparation and Competition 1
AAS 439 Fundamentals of Animal Health 2
AAS 439A
Fundamentals of Animal Health Lab for Applied Animal Science Majors
or Fundamentals of Animal Health Lab for Veterinary Technology Majors
ABM 404A Introduction to Business I 2
COM 212
Writing in the Workplace
or Public Speaking
MTH 202 College Algebra 3
Second Year
AAS 432 Introduction to Forage and Grassland Management 3
AAS 535 Animal Nutrition 3
AAS 538 Equine Handling/Longeing 1
AAS 546 Animal Business Applications 4
AAS 547 Applied Equine Management 3
AAS 597 Applied Animal Science Work Experience 0
SSCI 201 Human Relations 4
AAS 434 Equipment and Facilities Management 3
AAS 540 Animal Breeding 3
AAS 552 Equine Health Management 4
AAS 553 Equine Competition Management 2
ANSC 402 Horsemanship 3
Any General Education Class 2-4
 Total Credits68-70

Additional course options (when offered)

AAS 572Comparative Equine Operations2
AAS 593Equine Field Operations1-3
AAS 548Applied Animal Businss: Concepts and Practices4