Equine Specialist

A fulfilling career for a person who loves horses and wants to work with them every day is an equine specialist. Equine specialists according to www.horsebarn.com care deeply about the health and welfare of horses. The role of the equine specialist is assisting veterinarians with surgical procedures on horses taking care of horses after surgery nursing horses back to heath by feeding them cleaning them and administering medication and providing support and advice to horse owners. Equine specialists often work directly with horse owners to teach them how to best care for their horse – especially if it has a health issue or special dietary requirement. According to www.ehow.com an aspiring equine specialist will need to complete a training program at a school that has been accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. While most programs last for two years some schools offer four year programs that upon completion result in a bachelor’s degree. Besides graduating from an accredited program some states require that a licensing exam be passed. As an equine specialist there are opportunities to work in vet clinics or on farms or ranches. Some equine specialists make house calls and will travel to the farms of horse owners to administer health exams provide recommendations or check on horses that are sick or recovering from an illness or injury. The website www.jobs-salary.com states that the average salary for an equine specialist is $37123 per year.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $37123
High Salary: $47123
Low Salary: $27123
Tasks: Travels to farms to check on sick or injured horses.
Assists veterinarians with the care of horses.
Discusses health-related issues with horse owners.
Works in vet offices or on ranches.
Also Called: Equine Veterinary Technician
Horse Specialist
Equine Health Technician
Horse Technician
Additional Resources: http://www.horsebarn.com/content/horse-care/equine-vet-tech-training.aspx