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Equine Health and Complementary Therapies

Equine Health and Complementary Therapies

Equine Health and Complementary Therapies

Key Program Features: Real-world experience, small class sizes, hands-on learning, professional opportunities, and an engaging faculty.

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.  

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

In addition to traditional health care, Hocking’s program includes the newer disciplines of equine acupressure and massage.  

This unique component teaches you proper massage techniques for applying pressure to and kneading muscles that are prone to fatigue and stress.  Courses such as equine business management, equine marketing and brochure development and accounting provide you with a solid business background.

You will gain valuable hands-on experience throughout the program.   In broodmare classes, you will find yourself scheduled on an all-night foal watch.  In health care, you will be performing many of the functions of a veterinarian assistant.  The campus is home to more than 50 horses, enabling students to gain hands-on massage experience.


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

  • Perform proper shoeing techniques.
  • 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 and 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 broodmare and foal care.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of equine reproduction and breeding.

 

Additional Outcomes

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Hocking College

2018 - 2019 Associate of Applied Science in Equine Health and Complementary Therapies

Total Credit Hours:
60.0

Estimated Course Fees:
$3,887.00

Class Hours: 43.0
Lab Hours: 41.0

Total Credit Hours:
62.0

Estimated Course Fees:
$3,862.00

Class Hours: 26.0
Lab Hours: 45.0

 

Hocking College Reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.
  COURSE NO. FIRST SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  EQSI-1104 Intro Horse Handling and Management 2.00 2.00 3.00 $230.00
  EQSI-1109 Novice Horsemanship 1.00 4.00 3.00 $240.00
  EQSI-1118 Horseshoeing I 0.00 4.00 2.00 $330.00
  EQSI-1116 Equine Anatomy and Conformation 3.00 0.00 3.00 $250.00
  EQSI-2211 Equine Industry and Employment 1.00 0.00 1.00 $155.00
  GS-1000 HC Cornerstone 1.00 0.00 1.00 $80.00
  MATH-1103 Applied Mathmatics 2.00 2.00 3.00 $182.00
    Totals 10.00 12.00 16.00 $1,467.00

  COURSE NO. SECOND SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  EQSI-2229 Equine Business and Marketing 3.00 0.00 3.00 $150.00
  *** Social Science 3.00 0.00 3.00 -
  EQSI-1160 Equine Massage I 2.00 2.00 3.00 $205.00
  EQSI-1113 Equine Nutrition and Supplements 2.00 0.00 2.00 $155.00
  *** English Composition 4.00 0.00 4.00 $50.00
    Totals 13.00 6.00 15.00 $560.00

  COURSE NO. SUMMER SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  NRM-2296 Natural Resources Practicum & Seminar 1.00 7.00 2.00 $100.00
    Totals 1.00 7.00 2.00 $100.00

  COURSE NO. THIRD SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  EQSI-2103 Green Horse Handling 2.00 2.00 3.00 $210.00
  EQSI-1114 Equine Health 3.00 2.00 4.00 $300.00
  EQSI-2224 Equine Acupressure 2.00 2.00 3.00 $205.00
  *** Biology 3.00 0.00 3.00 -
    Totals 10.00 6.00 13.00 $715.00

  COURSE NO. FOURTH SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  EQSI-2268 Equine Breeding & Foaling Management (Capstone) 2.00 4.00 4.00 $330.00
  EQSI-2217 Equine Anatomy and Physiology 2.00 2.00 3.00 $210.00
  EQSI-2161 Equine Massage II 2.00 2.00 3.00 $270.00
  EQSI-1130 Farm Equipment 0.00 2.00 1.00 $235.00
  COMM-1130 Speech 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
    Totals 9.00 10.00 14.00 $810.00
FIRST SEMESTER
Course Hours: 5.00 Lab Hours: 14.00 Cost: $1,130.00

SECOND SEMESTER
Course Hours: 12.00 Lab Hours: 6.00 Cost: $852.00

SUMMER SEMESTER
Course Hours: 1.00 Lab Hours: 7.00 Cost: $100.00

THIRD SEMESTER
Course Hours: 10.00 Lab Hours: 6.00 Cost: $930.00

FOURTH SEMESTER
Course Hours: 8.00 Lab Hours: 12.00 Cost: $850.00

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Equine Health and Complementary TherapiesA 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 

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. 

Success Skills

  • CE - Communicates Effectively
  • PA - Maintains Professional Skills and Attitudes
  • CT - Demonstrates Learning Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving Skills
  • ET - Maintains a Code of Ethics
  • HR - Practices Human Relations Skills
  • MS - Demonstrates Math Skills
  • GA - Demonstrates Community, Cultural and Global Awareness
  • IT - Implements Career-Appropriate Technology

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Program Outcomes

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

  • Perform proper shoeing techniques.
  • 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 and 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 broodmare and foal care.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of equine reproduction and breeding.
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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
2016 - 2017 68%
2015 - 2016 53%
2014 - 2015 55%

2017 - 2018 Retention Rate: N/A

2016 - 2017 Retention Rate: N/A

2015 - 2016 Retention Rate: N/A

2014 - 2015 Retention Rate: N/A

2013 - 2014 Retention Rate: N/A

 

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
2016 - 2017 18.18%
2015 - 2016 40.48%
2014 - 2015 15.38%

2017 - 2018 Graduation Rate: N/A

2016 - 2017 Graduation Rate: N/A

2015 - 2016 Graduation Rate: N/A

 

2017 - 2018 Employment Rate: N/A

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