Equine Science Certificate

Contact: Lissa Tsutsumi , Ph.D.
Email: lissa3@hawaii.edu

The certificate program in equine science is designed to prepare baccalaureate degree seeking students and non-degree seeking students for employment in equine related careers or graduate school. This program requires that students take courses in animal nutrition, anatomy and physiology, equine science, and diseases and parasites. The practical, hands-on courses emphasize safe and confident animal handling and horsemanship. Hands-on laboratories and are taught primarily at the UH Hilo farm in Panaʻewa, Hawaiʻi.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of breeds, equine sports, conformation, and practical applications of anatomy and physiology
  • Demonstrate advanced and safe equine handling skills
  • Demonstrate competent riding skills in both western and english disciplines in various environment
  • Demonstrate knowledge on equine management systems for appropriate animal welfare including housing, care and regulations
  • Demonstrate employability skills in various equine related careers including interpersonal skills, ethics, communication and responsibility
  • Identify and implement a nutritional program for equine in various life stages
  • Identify veterinary terminology and apply good equine health practices
  • Identify, analyze and apply basic concepts related to normal and abnormal equine behaviors
  • Identify various equine related parasites and implement a management program

Certificate Curriculum

Requirements (18 credits)

  • ANSC 133 Fundamentals of Riding I (3)
  • ANSC 233 Fundamentals of Riding II (3)
  • ANSC 353 Horse Production (3)
  • ANSC 193 Horse Handling & Pract Skills (3)
  • ANSC 163 Intro Equine Sports & Careers (3)
  • ANSC 490 Animal Science Internship (3)