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Asbury University’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Equine Science degree program is a rigorous blend of science and animal health education more fully preparing students for professional veterinary programs in pursuit of careers in equine health and the broader horse industry.

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Supported by research projects and hands-on experiences across our horse barns, pastures, trails and riding arenas, students in Asbury’s pre-vet equine science major learn the methods of equine health and biology they need to begin making an impact in their field right after graduation.

If you’re interested in managing husbandry or farm operations, assisting the horse racing industry or attending vet school to be an equine veterinarian or vet tech, the equine science program at Asbury helps students advance toward their true calling using their God-given potential.

What is Equine Science?

Equine science students acquire knowledge of scientific and biological principles and how they apply to the health and wellness of horses and other equines. A bachelor’s degree in equine science can launch or progress careers in the horse and equine industry as well as provide the groundwork of applied experience and academic training necessary to seek further education in equine veterinary medicine.

Topics covered in equine science include:

  • Equine anatomy and physiology
  • Equine health and first aid
  • Equine immunology and disease
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Genetics and equine reproduction
  • Scientific research methods
  • Equine exercise and conditioning

Fulfill your dream of caring for animals with the in-depth scientific training of the B.A. in Equine Science, the first step on the path to your career in veterinary medicine.

B.A. in Equine Science Degree Requirements

The B.A. in Equine Science is Asbury’s pre-veterinary equine program. Graduates of this program have been accepted into top veterinary programs in the country.

The Bachelor’s in Equine Science, a 124-credit program, requires:

  • 64-65 credits in core major courses
  • 43 credits in Foundations general education courses
  • 16-17 credits earned through electives

Whether you are interested in equine nutrition, equine pharmacology or equine physical rehabilitation, this B.A. in Equine Science degree program prepares students for application to graduate programs through courses such as:

  • General Biology and College Chemistry I and II
  • Organic Chemistry Lab I and II
  • Intro to Bio Research
  • Equine Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Equine Lameness
  • Equine Reproduction

Review the degree requirements for the B.A. in Equine Science. Find complete course descriptions in the Asbury catalog.

Why Study Equine Science at Asbury University?

Equine Health Internships

Equine majors at Asbury University benefit from the institution’s longtime relationships within the Wilmore community and beyond, often taking on internships in a field related to their personal career interests. Whether it’s working on a nearby farm or in a veterinary assistantship overseas, the opportunities to earn degree credit through internships are broad.

Learn about the field experiences of some Asbury Equine Program graduates.

Top Equestrian Facilities

Asbury’s own horses, as well as students’ personal animals, call our 341-acre facility home. Featuring rolling hills and radiating forest trails, our gorgeous campus is equipped with all the space needed to care for and keep horses. In addition, our science programs’ substantial laboratory facilities let equine science students become comfortable with the technology and environment of medical or veterinary professions.

Explore the pastures, barns and trails of Asbury’s Equine Program.

Practice Equine Science Hands On

Students in this science-driven equine program gain up-close experience in all aspects of the discipline, from the handling and treatment of equines to essential methods of biological research. You could analyze samples in the lab, apply physiology and conditioning techniques in our barns or pens or complete an independent research project about equine nutrition.

With Asbury’s robust research background and dedication to helping students understand the topics and themselves through experience, students in the B.A. in Equine Science program can work in a field they plan to pursue.

Learn about Asbury’s on- and off-campus experiential programs, from travel abroad to service opportunities.

Explore Flexible Double Majors and Minors

 Asbury supports the adventurous spirit of our students by designing degree programs that can be personalized with double majors and minors in dozens of study areas.

If you’re interested in an Asbury University degree like business, biochemistry or Christian ministries, yet want to enhance your opportunities for careers and further education with training in equine health and medicine, supplement with a double major or add a minor to your B.A. in Equine Science.

See the requirements for the Equine Studies minor.

Careers With an Equine Science Degree

Many career fields in the equestrian and equestrian services industry require training in the sciences. These vital roles contribute to efforts to maintain the health and well-being of horses and other equines in settings from commercial farms to private veterinary practices.

Career pathways in equestrian science and health include:

  • Farrier/Hoof care
  • Equine massage therapy
  • Equine physical therapy
  • Equine dentistry
  • Horse breeding and reproduction
  • Horse training

With a bachelor’s degree in equine science, students gain specialized knowledge that prepares them for positions at the technical and assistant levels in these areas and for professional and graduate programs in equine veterinary medicine. Students interested in careers in the equine breeding and sales industries might also benefit from knowing more about the science behind the practice.

Whether you begin your fulfilling career as an equine dental or veterinary technician or apply for advanced graduate programs, Asbury’s B.A. in Equine Science provides the well-rounded and science-driven educational foundation you need.

Pathway to Graduate Programs in Veterinary Medicine

To pursue a calling in equine medicine, students may need to gain graduate-level credentials. Equine vets are often highly compensated and have the freedom and flexibility to work in a track or commercial setting or provide veterinary services to a local community.

This equine science degree program is Asbury’s pre-vet offering, with graduates continuing on to the top veterinary schools in the country. Whether you picture yourself furthering the goals of a horse farm operation, caring for horses sold by an international organization or serving a rural area’s farm veterinary needs, the B.A. in Equine Science ensures you’re well equipped to guide your own future as a doctor of equine veterinary medicine or equine dentistry.

See how Asbury’s equine science program has led to rewarding post-graduation careers.

More Flexible Programs in Equestrian Studies

 Asbury’s historical Equine Program offers several specialized bachelor’s degrees that help students embark on their ideal equestrian career, from representing equine organizations to caring for God’s beautiful creatures each day.

  • B.A. in Equine Studies—Concentrations in Equine Management, Equine Training or Equine Science
  • B.A. in Equine Assisted Services—Concentrations in Equine Assisted Activities, Program Management or Equine Assisted Mental Health

If these degrees focusing on the human side of the equestrian industry appeal to you, check out these Equine Studies degree programs.

Asbury also offers a unique MBA program focused in equine studies, ideal for students seeking advanced positions in various areas of the equine business, from marketing to sales.

Equine Science Program Admissions and Aid

Whether you plan to apply for veterinary school or begin your career in the equine health and care field after graduation, review Asbury admissions information to learn more.

Students applying to the equine science degree can qualify for academic scholarships and other forms of financial aid. Review our financial aid offerings.

Apply to the B.A. in Equine Science 

Asbury University’s B.A. in Equine Science degree program fully educates students in the essentials of equine health and veterinary medicine in preparation for vet school and for careers in the horse industry.

If you’re ready to use your given talents in a career caring for God’s creatures, take the first step and begin your application to the equine science program today.