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Have you ever dreamed of studying Equine Science?

 Claudia Macleay shares her story about studying Equine Science at Charles Sturt


It’s the dream of many equine enthusiasts: to turn their love of horses into a career. For those interested in the field of equine science, Charles Sturt University is making this dream a reality. 

The University’s Bachelor of Equine Science is available at their Wagga Wagga campus and is one of only two of its kind in Australia.

The course prepares students for a successful career in teaching and research, equine and allied industry management roles, horse performance and training, horse breeding, equine welfare, rehabilitation, rescue organisations, equine nutrition roles, equine equipment development, and much more.

With Charles Sturt’s Equine Science you will:

  • Develop practical, contemporary and industry-relevant skills 
  • Learn how to assess horse-human interactions 
  • Be able to make evidence-based decisions about horse-related practice 
  • Benefit from a well-resourced Equine Centre; home to a wide range of horses 
  • Enjoy access to world-leading technology 
  • Be supported by our internationally recognised academics  

Associate Professor Equine Science, Hayley Randle, delivers in all three years of the Bachelor in Equine Science. She believes the key advantages of studying this course via Charles Sturt is that the course is fun, supportive, industry-informed and world leading, and the close-knit teaching environment ensures everyone receives the attention they need. “It is a very personal environment with lots of opportunities for small group teaching and discussion,” she says. 
The equine subjects themselves are very hands-on and developed to closely align with current industry practices – however as Professor Randle explains, with their research programs they are also in some instances industry leaders. “We work closely with the equine industry (and beyond) to create, develop and ensure that our courses both maintain currency and future-proof our graduates. This is an important part of quality assurance. Our course content is both informed by industry practice and also has the potential to inform industry practice – through the delivery of content that is both contemporary and informed by the latest research findings in a wide range of academic disciplines.”


Charles Sturt University’s Bachelor of Equine Science is one of only two of its kindin Australia

Charles Sturt University’s Bachelor of Equine Science is one of only two of its kindin Australia


 The Bachelor of Equine Science makes use of an impressive equine centre at the Wagga Wagga campus, featuring a 3000 square metre arena, 20 covered yards, 70m x 90m all-weather rubber arena, 60m x 20m all-weather rubber dressage arena, 60m x 30m warm-up arena, and an amenities block. A horse breeding barn and associated laboratories are also on-site, and there is a covered teaching yard that incorporates a round yard, day yards, crushes and a field laboratory. Being part of a Vet School, the Equine Science course benefits from the use of yards and facilities associated with the Veterinary Clinical Centre (VCC). 
Situated on 640ha and with these amazing facilities, there is plenty of room for students to bring the horse along, solving the issue of fitting in riding time around study commitments.  


The Equine Centre has multiple arenas for use for students

The Equine Centre has multiple arenas for use for students


For those who have ever dreamed of a career with horses, Charles Sturt University’s Bachelor of Equine Science delivers the ideal mix of great facilities, friendly and experienced staff, and hands-on innovative course content. If you’re considering a career in the equine science sphere — but don’t want to swap your equestrian pursuits for the classroom — Charles Sturt allows for the best of both worlds!

Find out more here.

This article was written in conjunction with Charles Sturt University





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