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Colleges for Aspiring Equine Nutritionists: How to Choose

Prospective equine nutritionists typically have to seek out more general undergraduate degree programs, such as those in equine science, before considering a graduate program specific to equine nutrition. Students may give preference to programs that allow work with live horses or provide scholarships specific to their field of study.

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Students interested in entering the equine nutrition field have program options at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Relevant programs may be found at community colleges, equestrian colleges and 4-year colleges and universities.

10 Schools with Equine Science Programs

This table provides a general overview of ten schools with Equine Science programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degree Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
Cornell University Ithaca, NY 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $49,116
University of Florida Gainesville, FL 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $6,381 in-state, $28,659 out-of-state
University of Georgia Athens, GA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $11,622 in-state, $29,832 out-of-state
University of California - Davis Davis, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $13,951 in-state, $38,659 out-of-state
Michigan State University East Lansing, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $13,560 in-state, $36,360 out-of-state
Iowa State University Ames, IA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $7,736 in-state, $20,856 out-of-state
Kansas State University Manhattan, KS 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $9,350 in-state, $23,429 out-of-state
North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC 4-year, Public Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $8,581 in-state, $24,932 out-of-state
Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $17,514 in-state, $31,346 out-of-state
Purdue University West Lafayette, IN 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $10,002 in-state, $28,804 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Below are some considerations when selecting an equine nutritionist school:

  • Because students have a few majors to choose from, they'll want to ensure that their program of choice includes nutrition courses and practical experience opportunities.
  • Investigate research opportunities and on-campus facilities to determine if a program can facilitate their interests in nutrition.
  • Students might also check on the availability of scholarships specific to animal or equine science majors.
  • Consider schools with equine centers or farms, which can provides hands-on and research opportunities in different areas of the industry.

Associate's Degree in Equine Science or Equine Studies

These programs require general education courses in basic math, business and communications. Students considering equine studies programs should also ensure that the program they choose includes science-related courses. Internships are common program requirements.

Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science

Many animal science programs offer an equine science concentration with courses in both management and science. Some programs require students to complete an internship or practicum prior to graduation.

Master's Degree in Equine Nutrition

In addition to the equine nutrition curriculum, students usually must complete advanced coursework in laboratory methods and statistics and may have specific focus concentrations. Programs may offer thesis and non-thesis options to students depending on whether or not the student is interested in completing a research project.

Doctoral Degree in Equine Nutrition

Students interested in teaching or conducting research at the university level can consider doctoral programs. These programs allow students to pursue original research in equine nutrition that will lead to their doctoral dissertation.

Educational opportunities for equine nutrition are typically found at bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels. Specialized course work, internships and research opportunities are common characteristics of these programs.

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