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The Equine Welfare Certificate has been designed to engage students who have a passion for making a better world for our equines and will examine the biological and emotional factors that affect a horse’s quality of life. The study of equine welfare encompasses all aspects of animal well-being, including proper housing, management, nutrition, disease prevention, responsible care, humane handling, and, where necessary, humane euthanasia.

Learning Outcomes

Students in the Equine Welfare Certificate program will:

  • Explore past and current practices from a welfare perspective examining regulatory structures and laws in various equine industries globally.
  • Develop a high level of understanding of equine behaviour and the abnormal behaviours and management practices which contribute to them and the nutritional requirements of healthy horses by studying research and theory and applying the theory to practice.
  • Reach a high standard of information literacy, knowing how to find, analyze and combine information from a range of reliable sources and apply that knowledge to the management of horses.
  • Developed an understanding of the difference between animal legislation, regulation and practice.

Program Requirements

To be eligible to receive the Equine Welfare Certificate students must successfully complete a total of 6 courses. If you currently hold the Equine Science Certificate, Diploma in Equine Studies 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.

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 certificate program to take one of the courses.

Additional Information

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

Program Partners

The Equine Welfare Certificate is offered by the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare, Equine Guelph, and Open Learning and Educational Support, at the University of Guelph.

Equine Guelph
Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare


Minimum Required

4 Course(s)

Students have the option of completing either Equine Nutrition or Advanced Equine Health through Nutrition

Minimum Required

2 Course(s)

Students may choose either Equine Nutrition or Advanced Equine Health through Nutrition. Choose two of the following: