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Animal and Veterinary Science

Bachelor of Equine Science

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If your aspiration is to work with horses, CSU’s Bachelor of Equine Science is the ideal course for you.

One of only two Bachelor of Equine Science degrees offered in Australia, CSU’s three-year course provides you with both practical skills and the extensive scientific knowledge you will need to be able to make informed evidence-based decisions when managing modern-day horses.

On graduation, you’ll be ready to embark upon a rewarding and successful career working in the horse industry, whether in business, health, teaching, research or welfare.

  • Why study this course?

    Reasons to study this course with CSU:

    • CSU graduates are in high industry demand
    • With diverse career opportunities available across the growing equine industry, you are building a lifelong career
    • An Australian leader in Equine Science, CSU offers you access to world-class facilities and expert staff at its Wagga Wagga campus. You can even bring your own horse
    • Benefit from great staff to student ratios, ensuring you receive individual help and support throughout the course
    • Study online to match your work and lifestyle commitments
    • You may be eligible to apply for a CSU Science Scholarship, worth up to $4,000 per year for up to four years.

    You will start by developing a strong fundamental understanding and appreciation of anatomy, physiology, biology and chemistry, enabling you to fully engage with applied equine subjects.  The CSU Equine Science course has notable strengths in the study of equine nutrition, reproduction, training and performance, health and welfare. The course is able to accommodate your specific interests through providing a choice of electives and the ability to contextualise and pursue your own discipline specific interests within the subjects you study.

    Throughout the course, you will develop a sound scientific knowledge base and a wide range of essential skills, including critical thinking, effective verbal and written communication and practical skills.

    CSU Equine Science graduates are comprehensively prepared to positively impact on management, health, welfare, reproduction training and performance of horses kept in a wide range of traditional and modern systems.

    Develop your skills

    While there are no prerequisite subjects, it is preferred that applicants have studied mathematics and chemistry at Year 12 level.

    Prior horse experience offers some advantages but is not essential.

    You do not need to be able to ride a horse to enrol in the Bachelor of Equine Science at CSU. However, instruction in riding is not offered as part of the course.

    Latest facilities

    Students of Equine Science will have access to world-leading technology as part of their academic studies.

    CSU’s Equine Centre also boasts the following world-class facilities: 

    • six stable blocks with 84 stables and tack rooms
    • fully covered yards and handling facilities.
    • a 50m x 80m indoor arena with a 35m x 80m competition area
    • a 60 x 25m enclosed warm up arena adjacent to indoor arena
    • a 70 x 90m outdoor competition arena (all weather surface)
    • a 60 x 20m competition dressage arena (all weather surface)
    • a 70m x 40m outdoor sand arena
    • an amenities block including showers, toilets, canteen and office.

    The Equine Centre at CSU has facilities available for students who wish to bring their own horse with them, including stabling with access to communal paddocks. Bedding is supplied, and you provide your own feed. Local feed suppliers will deliver to CSU.

    Certification
    Graduates are granted credit by the Equestrian Federation of Australia’s National Coaching Accreditation Scheme and may obtain the NCAS Level 1 coaching award by demonstrating satisfactory riding skills and sitting the EFA practical exam.

    Students may also be eligible to receive the Certificate in Equestrian Coaching and the Certificate in Equine Reproduction with successful completion of specified subjects.
    Further study
    Outstanding graduates (that is, those with a grade point average of 5.0 or above) are eligible to enrol in a one-year Honours program to develop the research skills necessary for careers in research, academia, teaching or product development.
    Graduates may choose to pursue postgraduate study through Master and Doctoral programs.

  • Career opportunities

    As well as the more traditional areas of horse training and breeding management, careers are available in:

    • equine nutrition
    • pharmaceuticals
    • research and product development
    • government
    • sports administration and promotion
    • coaching
    • journalism
    • secondary science, TAFE or university education
    • complementary therapies.


    With the equine sector contributing $6.4 billion to the Australian economy annually, career and business pathways will continue to develop for those best equipped to capitalise on the opportunities.

  • Credit and pathways

    Students who have studied and successfully completed subjects at other universities which are likely to be equivalent to subjects in the CSU Equine Science degree may apply for credit for those subjects when enrolling.

    Students who hold a relevant TAFE qualification may also be eligible to apply for credit into the Bachelor of Equine Science.

    Credit will be granted for subjects which are equivalent in content and standard, at the discretion of the relevant Course Coordinator.

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

  • Workplace learning

    Students will be expected to gain experience with performance horse and stud enterprises during their vacations.

    Practical training is also available at the Equine Centre.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course, of 192 points duration, consists of (22 x 8 point core subjects or 20 x 8 point + 1 x 16 point core subject) and 2 x 8 point restricted elective subjects. These subjects are:

    Core Subjects
    ASC111 Comparative Animal Anatomy and Physiology
    ASC148 Introduction to Equine Science
    ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
    ASC201 Equine Reproduction & Breeding Management
    ASC202 Equine Locomotion
    ASC206 Equine Industry
    ASC209 Horse Breeding Technologies
    ASC248 Horse Behaviour and Training Management
    ASC261 Animal Reproduction
    ASC273 Animal Nutrition
    ASC306 Applied Animal Pharmacology and Therapeutics
    ASC321 Equine Exercise Physiology
    ASC350 Animal Health
    ASC380 Industry Practicum 1
    ASC381 Industry Practicum 2
    ASC412 Equine Nutrition
    ASC413 Equine Health
    ASC416 Research Project/Special Topic 1
    BCM210 Foundations and Techniques in Biochemistry
    BIO100 Concepts of Biology
    CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals
    MCR101  Introduction to Microbiology
    STA201 Scientific Statistics
    (ASC380 Industry Practicum 1 & ASC381 Industry Practicum 2) OR ASC416 Research Project/Special Topic 1

    Restricted Elective Subjects
    ASC142 Equestrian Coaching
    ASC221 Animal Genetics (Internal only)
    AGR220 Extension
    AHT231 Agricultural Finance and Business Management
    HRM210 Human Resource Management
    MKT110 Marketing & Society
    PSC360 Pastures and Rangelands

    Enrolment pattern

    By full-time study

    Year 1, Session 1
    ASC148 Introduction to Equine Science
    ASC206 Equine Industry
    BIO100 Concepts of Biology
    CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals

    Year 1, Session 2
    ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
    ASC248 Horse Behaviour and Training Management
    STA201 Scientific Statistics

    Year 2, Session 1
    ASC111 Comparative Animal Anatomy and Physiology
    ASC202 Equine Locomotion
    ASC261 Animal Reproduction
    BCM210 Foundations and Techniques in Biochemistry

    Year 2, Session 2
    ASC201 Equine Reproduction & Breeding Management
    ASC209 Horse Breeding Technologies
    ASC273 Animal Nutrition
    ASC306 Applied Animal Pharmacology and Therapeutics

    Year 3, Session 1
    ASC350 Animal Health
    {} Elective
    ASC412 Equine Nutrition
    [ ] Elective

    Year 3, Session 2
    ASC321 Equine Exercise Physiology
    ASC413 Equine Health
    (ASC380 Industry Practicum 1 & ASC381 Industry Practicum 2) or ASC416 Research Project/Special Topic 1

    By part-time Distance Education study

    Year 1, Session 1
    ASC148 Introduction to Equine Science
    CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals

    Year 1, Session 2
    ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology

    Year 2, Session 1
    ASC106 Equine Industry
    BIO100 Concepts of Biology

    Year 2, Session 2
    ASC248 Horse Behaviour and Training Management
    STA201 Scientific Statistics

    Year 3, Session 1
    ASC111 Comparative Animal Anatomy and Physiology
    BCM210 Foundations and Techniques in Biochemistry

    Year 3, Session 2
    ASC273 Animal Nutrition
    ASC306 Applied Animal Pharmacology and Therapeutics

    Year 4, Session 1
    ASC202 Equine Locomotion
    ASC261 Animal Reproduction

    Year 4, Session 2
    ASC201 Equine Reproduction & Breeding Management
    ASC209 Horse Breeding Technologies

    Year 5, Session 1
    ASC350 Animal Health
    [ ] Elective

    Year 5, Session 2
    ASC321 Equine Exercise Physiology
    ASC413 Equine Health

    Year 6, Session 1
    [ ] Elective
    ASC412 Equine Nutrition

    Year 6, Session 2
    (ASC380 Industry Practicum 1 & ASC381 Industry Practicum 2) or ASC416 Research Project/Special Topic 1

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component for distance education students:

    AGR220 Extension
    CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals
    ASC142 Equestrian Coaching
    ASC111 Comparative Animal Anatomy and Physiology
    ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
    BIO100 Concepts of Biology
    ASC201 Equine Reproduction & Breeding Management
    BCM210 Foundations and Techniques in Biochemistry
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
    ASC412 Equine Nutrition
    ASC202 Equine Locomotion
    ASC261 Animal Reproduction
    ASC306 Applied Animal Pharmacology
    ASC209 Horse Breeding Technologies
    ASC350 Animal Health
    ASC321 Equine Exercise Physiology
    ASC413 Equine Health
    PSC360 Pastures and Rangelands
    ASC148 Introduction to Equine Science

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    7000

    Recommended studies for this course are Chemistry and Mathematics at HSC level or equivalent, however these are not essential for admission.

    Admission Requirements are based on previous studies and other attainments and experience.

    Previous studies

    Previous studies include:

    • the NSW Higher School Certificate or interstate /overseas equivalent;
    • the International Baccalaureate Diploma;
    • a completed or part completed course of a university, college of advanced education or other accredited tertiary institution;
    • a completed or part completed course of a TAFE college or other accredited post-secondary institution (including TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate);
    • an approved Foundation Studies program certificate;
    • completion of undergraduate subjects as an Associate Student with the University or through another University, or Open Learning Australia.

    NSW and interstate school leavers are normally selected on the basis of their Universities Admissions Index (UAI) or interstate equivalent. You may also be admitted on the basis of a strong performance in subjects relevant to your course preferences.

    Attainment and experience

    You may also be admitted to a course based on other attainments and experience. These may include:

    • voluntary or paid work experience;
    • performance in tests and examinations conducted by professional recognised bodies;
    • participation in continuing education programs and/or staff development programs conducted by adult education agencies, consultancies, professional bodies or employers;
    • completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

     
  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJTEQ
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaFPOSYYNITEQ
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaCGSYYNETEQ
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYNKTE
    UACOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYNN215204

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points (24 subjects).

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    CRICOS Code(s)

    012005G (Wagga Wagga)

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  • About the School
    School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

    The School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences is a hands-on provider of education in the areas of animal, equine and veterinary sciences. The School delivers teaching in state-of-the-art laboratories and clinics at CSU’s Wagga Wagga Campus, as well as through the small animal clinic in the city of Wagga Wagga. The School works in close collaboration with local farmers and clinicians in the delivery of training, with a strong focus on practical skills to prepare work-ready graduates. Since introducing the veterinary science course in 2005, the School has achieved its vision of providing high quality and passionate veterinarians for rural Australia. Staff are very active in research and in supervising postgraduate research students, with both national and international aspects.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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