Equine Management

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The Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management (B.B.R.M) program is Canada's first degree program to offer a specialization in equine management. The unique program combines learning the biology, physiology and behaviour of horses with developing competencies in handling horses and knowledge of the economic and managerial aspects of the equine industry. It features a hands-on approach to managing horses and provides a solid foundation in business principles and ethics with a focus on the environment and sustainability.

Graduating students will be prepared for a broad range of leadership and managerial positions in the industry. Students can also take this major as an entry point to the field of veterinary medicine.

The program is offered and administered by the Department of Animal Biosciences and the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Admission Requirements

Ontario secondary school students applying to the program require English (ENG4U), Biology (SBI4U), and 4 additional 4U or 4M courses. Students that are mature, transfer, or applying from outside Ontario should visit the admission requirements page to learn about their requirements.

Learn More

Join us on February 9 for our Online Equine Program Information Night, to learn more about equine programs. This event will include a program presentation and panel including current students, recent alumni, and faculty to answer all your questions!

Learn more and register for the Online Equine Program Information night here.

Unique Courses

  • Equine Anatomy and Physiology
  • Equine Event Management
  • Equine Industry Trends and Issues
  • Principles of Animal Care & Welfare
  • Managed Grasslands
  • Agricultural Animal Physiology

Full course descriptions and a listing of all courses, can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Career Opportunities

  • Breeding and foaling manager
  • Equine industry consultant
  • Equine rehabilitation specialist
  • Equine event/facility manager
  • Equine marketing, sales & promotion

What Students are Saying

Sometimes the best way to learn about a program is through meeting a current student. Meet them here: 

Julia with a horse.

"The University of Guelph offers the only equine focused degree program in Canada. I wanted to have the opportunity to learn as much about horses that I could, so there was no better place for me."-Julia Alebrand, equine management student

Read the rest of  Julia's profile here.

Learn about other student experiences through the following student profiles:

What Grads are Doing

Want to know what types of exciting careers our graduates have? Meet Shelby Avann:

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"As a stud hand, I take care of the horses throughout the day and work on a rotating and variable schedule. We do all the regular stable chores and I am also responsible for helping with foaling."-Shelby Avann, Stud Hand

Read the rest of Shelby's profile here.

Learn About the Perks

A strong foundation.

This program provides excellent preparation for students wishing to apply to the Ontario Veterinary College.

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Find your

U of G has a range of clubs perfect for every animal and horse lover, like the Equestrian Club, which welcomes students of all skill levels.

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Access funding support. 

OAC offers a range of scholarships, bursaries, awards and travel grants. In 2020, 687 student awards were given out totaling over $1.5 million!

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Our OAC Student Liaison team is here to help! Have you applied to or are you considering this program, but have some questions? Find answers to our most frequently asked questions here.

Still have questions/inquires? Ask us! Our team of program experts will happily answer your questions or direct them to the people who can. Ask your questions here.