If you enjoy working with foals, yearlings, broodmares and stallions, the equine science and management major may provide the opportunity to fulfill your dream and pursue an equine breeding and management career.
In order to support the equine science and management curriculum, the College maintains a herd of standardbred horses. The herd consists of some 25 to 30 mares, three stallions, and 15 to 20 weanlings and yearlings. Mares are bred to the college-owned stallions and to outside stallions standing in New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New York.
Students in the stable management and breeding management courses are involved with the daily care of the herd and perform all health care, teasing, stallion collection, breeding, and foaling of these horses. Students in the yearling horse management course prepare yearlings for sale, construct the consignments, and attend the yearling auction sales, where the yearlings are sold.
This curriculum provides the student with a solid mix of liberal arts, basic science, and professional courses to assure the student becomes a well-rounded, well-educated professional in the equine breeding and production field. Basic professional courses include courses in stable management, equine health management, equine breeding, equine anatomy and physiology, yearling horse management, mare and foal management, and equine Business Management.
Graduating with a degree in animal science, equine science and management gives students a wide variety of career options available due to the diversity of the collegiate training and the work experience related to the major. With a 99 percent rate of placing graduates within six months of graduation, it is no wonder that graduates have a variety of employment opportunities available in equine production, agribusiness, education, and in government. An average of 83 percent of the animal science graduates obtains employment within the animal science industry within six months of graduation.
Animal science graduates are sought for employment as stallion managers, foaling managers, farm managers, breed association representatives, livestock specialists, and nutrition consultants. As a result of training in both equine production and business, many graduates obtain employment with pharmaceutical companies, feed manufactures, and veterinary supply companies. Animal science also offers the opportunity for a career in education. Many graduates are involved with 4-H and FFA programs as well as teaching vocational education and science in high school.
For graduates interested in pursuing additional training in either veterinary medicine or graduate studies, one will find Delaware Valley College alumni attending universities throughout the United States, including Penn State, Rutgers, Iowa State, Ohio State, Colorado State, Kansas State, Virginia Tech, and Missouri.