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Equine Health and Complementary Therapies

Equine & Complementary Therapies Program Description

The Equine Health and Complementary Therapies Program focuses on the health care component of the horse industry. The program was developed to meet the industry demand for qualified horse care technicians.  

Students will develop skills in traditional health care such as nutrition, anatomy and physiology, broodmare and foal management, and non-traditional complementary therapies. 


In addition to traditional health care, Hocking College’s program includes the disciplines of equine massage and acupressure. This unique component teaches students proper massage techniques for applying pressure to and kneading muscles that are prone to fatigue and stress. Hocking College is the only two-year college to offer instruction and a certificate in equine massage upon completion of the program.


Hocking College offers all-inclusive pricing and works with students to assure they have complete college funding, including financial aid, before they start classes. Please reference the course curriculum tab for program costs.

All-inclusive pricing includes the following:


$300......Learning Fee

$20........Health Center Services

$75........Career Center Services

Not included in the All-Inclusive Pricing


Pricing for housing and meal plans can be found here.


A Career in Equine Health and Complementary Therapies Combines the Joy of Horses and Healing

Graduates of the Equine Health and Complementary Therapies program are prepared for employment in a wide variety of jobs in the equine industry, such as a breeding farm, boarding operation, rehabilitation facility, or as a veterinarian assistant.

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Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements of what a student will be able to do when they have completed a program. They represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to gain from that program and include both the Success Skills (institutional outcomes) and Program Outcomes. SLOs are specific and measurable so the program can accurately assess the degree to which students have achieved each outcome, and they align with college and institution mission and values. Data on the achievement of SLOs is used to make improvements in the program and increase student success. 

Hocking College Institutional Learning Outcomes

1) Demonstrate sound critical thinking, information literacy and technological competency in the production of academic writing and presentations

2) Apply the methods of mathematical, statistical or analytical reasoning to critically evaluate data, solve problems and effectively communicate findings.

3) Demonstrate an awareness of the social, political and economic forces which shape individuals, institutions and communities in the modern world.

4)Understand social justice and the diversities and complexities of the cultural and social world past and present and come to an informed sense of self and others.

5)Demonstrate a foundation of knowledge in the natural sciences based on theory and laboratory skills.

6) Cultivate ethical values, personal wellness and personal learning strategies in the development of the whole person, mind, body and spirit.

7) Integrate content material to application in the workforce and apply discipline specific knowledge and skills to successfully transfer or effectively meet the expectations of internships, workplace, volunteerism and/or entrepreneurship endeavors.

8) Utilize the ethical and professional application of current information technology and tools effectively.

Student Learning Outcomes

The following student learning outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Applied Science in Equine Health and Complementary Therapies.

  • Apply business skills as they pertain to the equine industry.
  • Identify, maintain, and use safety procedures with horses, tack and related equipment.
  • Perform safety inspection procedures in daily operations.
  • Properly feed/water horses, groom/bathe horses, and clean stalls.
  • Provide basic horse health care including preventive health care.
  • Properly identify feeds and feeding requirements of equine at all ages and levels of performance.
  • Apply knowledge of horse anatomy, teeth identification, conformation color, and health care.
  • Manage horses unmounted, to include leading, tying, trailer loading, transporting, approaching catching, and haltering.
  • Manage horses without assistance while mounting/dismounting.
  • Tack and untack properly, to include fit and adjustment.
  • Provide advanced horse health care including preventative health care.
  • Demonstrate a variety of equine massage techniques to include therapeutic-based massage for specific equine conditions.
  • Demonstrate a variety of equine acupressure techniques.
  • Provide proper management of broodmare and foal.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of equine reproduction and breeding.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize and apply scientific knowledge and current practices to the principles of equine health and management systems.
  • Demonstrate ability to work cohesively in team environments. 
  • Model professionals and personal conduct consistent with best practices within the equine industry.
  • Formulate and coherently support positions and derive solutions to challenges related to the equine industry using written, oral, and visual communication skills. 
Download 2017-2018 Data

Retention Rates

Retention rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research utilizing the following criteria:

  • All registered fall/autumn students with registration status for the following fall/autumn.
  • Excludes special populations - College Credit Plus, Non Degree, Online Military and University Center.
  • Potential for upcoming fall/autumn excludes graduates from that fall/autumn, spring and summer terms.
Academic Year Retention Rate
2014 42%
2015  72%
2016 60%
2017 47%
2018 63%


Graduation Rates 

Graduation rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research. To ensure appropriate time for data collection, this report will be run and posted annually in the last week of September for the previous academic year. It should be noted that annual graduation rates may change as students continue to graduate. The following criteria will be utilized for the calculation of graduation rates:

  • Overall Program Completion Rate is defined as a percentage of the ratio: 

    All graduates of the program
    All students with the program in their history of programs of study

  • For the purposes of reporting, the program completion rates are aggregated by academic year of entry.
  • A student is considered to have completed or graduated from a program or certificate by virtue of having been awarded the degree or certificate.
  • A student is considered to be undertaking activity in a program of study for the duration of time that they are in an active status in a program or certificate. This is defined by having a Program of Study with a status of ‘A’ during the duration of time they are taking coursework.  Should a student move in and out of active status in a program of study while continuing to take coursework, we only take into account the student’s activity while the program has an active status for that particular program of study.
Academic Year Graduation Rate
2014 5%
2015 40%
2016 35%
2017 27%
2018 6%

We consistently need sound, capable horses to teach our students on a daily basis. Horses should be discipline-appropriate with suitable prior experience. Because our programs serve students of all experience levels, we accept horses from the walk-trot/jog-canter/lope level through advanced performance horses, including reiners and cow horses.

We are in need of horses that are fit and sound, well trained in their discipline and preferably under 18 years old. Our school horses generally work one to two hours per day and four to five days per week. In order to ensure a good fit between donated horses and our needs, we ask that the owner always communicate with the college by phone or email. 

We ask that donated horses meet the following qualifications;

  1. Between the ages of 2 and 18 years old. 
  2. Reach a mature height of at least 15 hands high. 
  3. Be serviceably sound for its intended purpose.

To learn more about our donation process, please visit  www.hocking.edu/horse-donation.

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