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The Diploma in Equine Studies developed with Equine Guelph brings the expertise of a world-class veterinary college to horse owners. You will explore topics like equine safety and management practices, environmental stewardship, equine behavior, nutrition, anatomy, health, and welfare in this comprehensive program. With so many electives to choose from, you can customize your learning to best fit your interests and career goals, with an opportunity to integrate business courses with fundamental equine science studies. Whether you are new to the equine industry or have been involved for many years, the Diploma in Equine Studies will give you the extensive equine education that you are looking for.

About the Diploma

You will benefit from our online courses if you:

  • have a passion for horses and want to learn more about their health and well-being
  • own your own horse or plan to own your own horse
  • currently own a property or will be establishing or managing a horse property
  • would like to have a career in the equine industry
  • would like to start your own equine business

The flexibility that an online program offers is just fantastic. The surprise bonus was the diversity of my classmates. Egypt, Australia, Dubai, the US and all across Canada – the challenges of horsekeeping from all these different places really enriched the experience. It is highly unlikely I would have had the same experience from a traditional classroom setting.

Julene Warwick

Learning Outcomes

The welfare of the horse will be the foundation on which all other decisions will be made. At the end of the program students will be able to:

  • Implement business and management practices which support the welfare and health of horses in the horse owner’s care.
  • Develop basic skills in the management of an equine business which includes presentation of a business plan, risk assessment, marketing plan and financial management.
  • Establish a safe and environmentally responsible horse housing facility.
  • Conduct research and analyze a variety of science and evidence-based resources and synthesize this new knowledge to upgrade and improve standards of care and management practices, both personally and within the industry.
  • Participate in discussions and group work through effective presentation of new information, assessing relevance and accuracy of discussions while supporting others in their learning.
  • Examine the horse industry in the past, present and future to acknowledge and discuss past assumptions and explore through research how practices change over time including how these practices have influenced the health and welfare of the horse.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and use of the “language” of horse health and welfare in order to discuss issues from an industry/global perspective with peers, professionals in the field, influencers and policy-makers in the student’s sector or region.
  • Illustrate in-depth knowledge through assignments, discussions and presentations of supported positions. * Produce a plan for a research project that will demonstrate in-depth knowledge on a specific topic and the ability to apply the learning to improved practices for the student’s own circumstances.
  • Identify, describe and apply the care requirements for the mare, foal and stallion, as outlined in the Equine Code of Practice, and develop an awareness of the horse globally.
  • Effectively discuss problems of the horse with a veterinarian in an informed and educated manner and assist in providing important information that will aid in the care of the horse.
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviour that leads to good decision-making within the community.

Admission Requirements

Students must either be at least 18 years of age, or have completed Grade 12 or equivalent in order to register for the courses.

The equine science and business courses at the University of Guelph are open learning continuing education courses and you do not have to apply and be accepted into the diploma program to take one of the courses.

Achieving the Diploma

To be eligible to receive the Diploma in Equine Studies students must successfully complete 10 courses.

If you currently hold the Equine Science Certificate, Equine Welfare Certificate or the Certificate in Equine Business Management offered at the University of Guelph please contact Open Learning and Educational Support to clarify your certificate requirements. There are restrictions on counting courses in more than one certificate or diploma program and we want to be sure you plan your course of study to accommodate any restrictions.

Additional Information

If you would like additional information on this certificate, please email our main office or phone us at 519-767-5000.


Equine Guelph

Industry Certification

Equestrian Canada recognizes equine online accredited courses delivered by the University of Guelph as an approved professional development activity for NCCP certification maintenance. Each course will receive the maximum 3 points award per activity.

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