Subject focus: Animal care courses in Australia and New Zealand

  • First year Bachelor of Equine Studies student, Heather Newnham at Northern Lodge (Melbourne Polytechnic’s commercial throughbred stud farm) Credit: Melbourne PolytechnicFirst year Bachelor of Equine Studies student, Heather Newnham at Northern Lodge (Melbourne Polytechnic’s commercial throughbred stud farm) Credit: Melbourne Polytechnic

This subject focus looks at courses on the care of animals. If you love animals, Australia and New Zealand are great places to train in a wide range of specialist animal related fields and professions. A wide range of hands-on, practical courses are available throughout each country, so whether you’re eventually hoping to farm fish or cattle, train horses or work in a pet shop, there are plenty of options available.

If you would like to find out more about courses working with animals, contact Study Options to discuss your options. 

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Bachelor of Equine Studies at Melbourne Polytechnic

Equine studies combines specialised equine science studies with resource and business management skills that are essential for successful operation of equine focused businesses in the 21st Century.

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Equine Studies will prepare you for a range of professional roles in the equine industry, whether you intend working in the racing, breeding or equestrian sectors, working as a business strategist for the industry or intend pursuing further studies, research or entering a teaching career.

Graduates of the Melbourne Polytechnic Bachelor of Equine Studies have established careers as:

  • stud managers
  • equine industry consultants
  • equestrian events managers
  • equestrian facility managers
  • bloodstock agents
  • equine nutritionists
  • veterinary technicians
  • marketing, promotions and journalism within the Equine industry
  • government advisors on equine industry/policy

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Equine Studies has the right balance of theory and practice to ensure you can work as a valuable contributor to the industry on completion of your studies. Our commercial thoroughbred stud farm, Northern Lodge, and a wide variety of leading Equine Industry enterprises are used in teaching throughout the course. Students are therefore afforded the ability to develop their equine skills and knowledge and to apply these to real life situations. You will develop industry networks both within the Higher Education Primary Industries student community and via work placements in Victoria and interstate.

The course has built in flexibility, and is available full-time (three years) or part-time (six years). There is an Associate Degree of Equine Studies embedded in the first two years of the degree which is used as an early exit point only.

Programme details

Campus: Epping (Melbourne), Australia

Intakes: February

Duration: 3 years

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