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Equine Welfare Certificate

Equine Welfare CertificateDiscussing equine welfare can be challenging. We have different perspectives and our responses to various issues can often be emotional. This program challenges you to consider welfare from the perspective of the horse. You will use an evidence-based approach to support your views for or against specific issues relating to equine management and gain an in-depth understanding of the Five Freedoms, a core concept in animal welfare. You will also examine the science behind what is required to support sound management and welfare practices for horses in Canada and around the globe. The Equine Welfare Certificate will help you discover solutions to the behavior and health problems horses face because of our management practices.

Students in the Equine Welfare Certificate program will:

  • Explore past and current practices from a welfare perspective examining regulatory structures and laws in various equine industries globally.
  • Develop a high level of understanding of equine behaviour and the abnormal behaviours and management practices which contribute to them and the nutritional requirements of healthy horses by studying research and theory and applying the theory to practice.
  • Reach a high standard of information literacy, knowing how to find, analyze and combine information from a range of reliable sources and apply that knowledge to the management of horses.
  • Developed an understanding of the difference between animal legislation, regulation and practice.
Every week, rain or shine, I ride my horse. Does he know I’ve taken courses to improve his emotional and physical health? I believe he is genuinely pleased with the changes to his diet (warm, steamed hay), changes to his health (daily health checks) and consideration for his welfare and behaviour. Thank you Equine Guelph for this amazing journey of learning.Leah Hurrell

What You’ll Gain:

  • a relevant and high-quality equine education form leading researchers and practitioners in the equine industry
  • practical skills and science-based knowledge to improve the health and welfare of your horses
  • recognized certifications to improve employability and advance your career
  • flexibility to balance work, family and your horses with a world-class academic program
  • lasting relationships with members of a global community with a love of horses and a wide range of experiences to share

The Certificate Requirements

Required or Core Courses

Elective Courses – Select two

Review the course descriptions


Admission Requirements

Students must either be at least 18 years of age, or have completed Grade 12 or equivalent in order to register for the courses.

The equine science and business courses at the University of Guelph are open learning continuing education courses and you do not have to apply and be accepted into the certificate program to take one of the courses.

Achieving the Equine Welfare Certificate

To be eligible to receive the Equine Welfare Certificate students must successfully complete a total of 6 courses.

If you currently hold the Equine Science Certificate, Diploma in Equine Studies or the Certificate in Equine Business Management offered at the University of Guelph please contact Open Learning and Educational Support to clarify your certificate requirements. There are restrictions on counting courses in more than one certificate or diploma program and we want to be sure you plan your course of study to accommodate any restrictions.

Program Partners

The Equine Welfare Certificate is offered by the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare, Equine Guelph, and Open Learning and Educational Support, at the University of Guelph.

The Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare