Equine Guelph Programs Overview

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12-Week Online Courses

Our continuing education programs are delivered as a result of a partnership between Equine Guelph and the University of Guelph’s Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support.

Courses are facilitated by leading researchers and practitioners in the equine industry and delivered online via the internet. You will meet and interact with students from around the world as you become part of a community sharing a love of horses and a wide range of experiences. Plus, online study makes it easy for you to continue your education and stay at home with your horses.

Note: Equine Canada recognizes Equine Guelph courses as qualifying for credit on the Professional Development Grid for both Western and English Coaches. Participants would receive 1 hour for every 2 hours of participation.

Whether you’re interested in taking one course, all of our courses or you would like to earn a university-accredited diploma or certificate, the following gives a snapshot of all the possible options.





Diploma in Equine Studies • Comprehensive course of study suitable for those interested in a career in the equine industry:

• Will augment the resumes of those who have been in the industry

• Will provide a foundation for those just entering the industry


10 online courses*:

• 6 core & 4 elective

Equine Science Certificate

• Designed to help you improve the management and welfare of horses in the industry

• Courses based on scientific research and are presented in a practical format, making it easy for you to directly apply what you have learned to the health and performance of your horse


6 online courses*:

• 4 core & 2 elective

Certificate in
Equine Business Management

• For anyone interested in working in the business and management aspects of the equine industry

• You will learn the tools necessary to achieve your goal of a successful equine business


6 online courses*:

• 5 core & 1 elective

Equine Welfare Certificate

• Offered by the University of Guelph's Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare, Equine Guelph and the Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support

• Intended to stimulate thought and discussion in the equine industry regarding horse welfare

• Designed to engage students who have a passion for making a better world for our equines through examination of factors that affect a horse's quality of life


6 online courses*:

• 4 core & 2 elective

Individual Courses*

• Designed for any horse enthusiast interested in learning more about horses

• An extensive menu of courses are available within the following categories: science, business management, welfare and advanced studies

• The online courses offer you an opportunity to explore the latest equine research and learn to apply it in a practical way to improve the health and welfare of the horses in your care


Take one course* or all of them – there’s no limit to your appetite for knowledge!

*Each online course is 12 weeks in length and requires a minimum of 10-14 hours of time per week. Courses are offered three times during the year; September, January and May.
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Short Courses

Equine Guelph understands that horse people are busy people! That’s why we have created programs that provide quick, effective learning on hot topics.





Short Online Courses

(at TheHorsePortal.ca)

• Designed for any busy horse enthusiast interested in learning the latest evidence-based information available on important issues affecting the horse (i.e. colic, biosecurity, etc.)

• Participants will leave the short course armed with practical – even essential – information for the well-being of you and your horse


2-3 week online short course requiring 12-15 hours of time

Hands-on Workshops

(at TheHorsePortal.ca)

• Designed for busy horse enthusiasts interested in having a hands-on learning experience in practical subject areas

• On an ad hoc basis, and generally in Ontario, Equine Guelph offers hands-on workshops on a variety of topics (i.e. anatomy, first aid, behaviour/ safety and biosecurity)


Can vary from 2 hours to 2 days

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Quick Learning Tools

Equine Guelph makes healthcare easy with its FREE online tools. Check out our interactive, educational tools created for horse owners.





Online Healthcare Tools

• Designed to keep the busy horse enthusiast up to date on the latest healthcare information on critical topics

• An interactive, user-friendly experience created to help you address a range of healthcare issues which may affect your horse

• Allows you to assess your own individual situation with practical recommendations for your horse


Requires 10-15 minutes of your time

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On-Campus UofG Equine Programs

While Equine Guelph, in partnership with the Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support at the University of Guelph, offers a comprehensive course of online study for the horse enthusiast and owner, the University of Guelph offers an array of academic equine programs at its main campus and satellite colleges in Ontario, Canada.


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  Degree Program (Equine Management)
  Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management (BBRM) – Ontario Agricurtural College, University of Guelph Campus
Certificate Program
  Performance Horse Handler Certificate – Ridgetown Campus


  Doctoral Program  
  Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) – Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph Campus
Diploma Program  
  Veterinary Technology Diploma – Ridgetown Campus


  CSAW Doctoral and Graduate Programs  
  M.Sc. or Ph.D. specializing in Animal Welfare – Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare, University of Guelph Campus
OVC Graduate and Post-Graduate Programs  
  M.Sc. or Ph.D. specializing in Animal Welfare – Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph Campus
U of G Graduate and Post-Graduate Programs  
  Learning opportunities specific to U of G colleges with the opportunity to apply an equine major – University of Guelph
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