equine science

Equine science is an animal science field that specialises in areas such as nutrition, reproduction, exercise physiology, health and rehabilitation, as well as welfare and behaviour in horses.

The knowledge acquired through Equine science studies is used to improve

  • the management, performance and welfare of both leisure horses and
  • equine athletes. Equine science also explores the interactions between horse and rider.

The School has access to UQ Gatton campus' $1.5million Equine Precinct, the most comprehensive set of horse related facilities at any Australian university.

The Equine Precinct includes:

  • eight new crushes for reproductive dental and performance horse testing
  • holding yards
  • teasing lanes
  • a mechanical horse walker
  • dressage and show-jumping arenas
  • reproductive laboratories allows for semen evaluation, embryo transfer and a clean dust-free serving area for semen collection.
  • agistment for your horse while studying here. Contact Mitch Coyle at the Equine Unit.

Equine Science student Nathan Mura

Why study Equine Science?

Studying Equine Science within the School of Agriculture and
Food Sciences will give you access to these world-class facilities and the
close linkages to other UQ areas such as
Australian Equine Genetics Research Centre.

Equine Science graduates can find employment in:

  • Animal nutrition and animal health companies and other agribusiness firms that service the equine industry
  • Equine journalism
  • Equine industry organisations and educational institutions
  • Horse studs and racing and competition stables
  • Statutory bodies administering racing and trotting
  • Breed societies, equestrian centres and riding schools

The School offers students the following study options:

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