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Study Online. Stay at home with your horses.


Join equine studies student Genevieve Nootens in one of the University of Guelph’s online Equine Studies Programs!

The equine certificate and diploma programs at the University of Guelph offer a comprehensive course of online study for the horse enthusiast and owner. This continuing education program is based on research and evidence-based knowledge providing horse owners with practical information to improve the health and welfare of the horses in your care.

All of the equine studies courses are offered in a distance education format. Online courses give you the opportunity to learn with more flexibility to participate while balancing work, family and your horses. They are innovative, developed and facilitated by leading equine industry practitioners, veterinarians and researchers.

There are 20 online courses which 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. You can register for one course or complete a series of courses to obtain a certificate or diploma program.


You will benefit from our online courses if you:

  • have a passion for horses and want to learn more about their health and well-being
  • own your own horse or plan to own your own horse
  • currently own a property or will be establishing or managing a horse property
  • are concerned about equine welfare and the behavioural needs of horses
  • would like to start your own equine business
  • would like to have a career in the equine industry

Online courses make it easy for you to continue your studies and stay at home with your horses.

Programs of Study

Equine Science Certificate
Equine Science Certificate

Designed to help you improve the management and welfare of horses, the Equine Science Certificate is an ideal course of study for the horse owner.
» More about the Equine Science Certificate

Diploma in Equine Studies
Diploma in Equine Studies

A comprehensive course of study requiring the completion of 10 Equine Online courses. If you are interested in working in the equine industry or would like to continue your studies.
» More about the Diploma in Equine Studies

Certificate in Equine Business Management
Certificate in Equine Business Management

If you are working in the equine industry, managing your own business or looking to generate income from your property our business courses will help you gain the management skills you need.
» More about the Certificate in Equine Business Management

Equine Welfare Certificate
Equine Welfare Certificate

The study of equine welfare encompasses all aspects of animal well-being. This program will explore equine welfare issues across all disciplines, the problems and potential solutions.
» More about the Equine Welfare Certificate

Equine Veterinary Technician Certificate
Equine Veterinary Technician Certificate

An equine-specific professional development program for veterinary technicians and animal health technologists. This program will provide you with the opportunity to explore research and evidence-based practice in equine health & management practices.
» More about the Equine Veterinary Technician Certificate

Partners in the Equine Studies Programs

Equine Guelph is the horse owner’s centre at the University of Guelph, supported and overseen by equine industry groups, dedicated to improving the health and well-being of horses.  Equine Guelph partners with Open Learning and Educational Support to  provide accessible, evidence-based knowledge to the equine industry in Canada and Internationally in the online equine courses.

In 2011, The Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare joined Equine Guelph and Open Learning and Educational Support in developing our equine welfare courses and the Equine Welfare Certificate.

Visit our about us page for more information on the organizations that support and contribute to the equine studies online courses and programs.


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