WATERBURY, Conn. (January 25, 2010) – After much encouragement from practicing equine veterinarians, Post University announced today that it will add a new Equine Veterinary Assistant Certificate to its popular Equine Business Management Program beginning with the Fall 2010 semester. This certificate will combine the established equine curriculum with specialty courses designed to prepare students for careers assisting in contemporary equine veterinary practices.
The certificate, which was developed with the help of veterinarians, will include courses in horse handling skills, anatomy, and updated veterinary treatments.
"The current Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Business Management forms an excellent foundation for the exciting new 19-credit certificate," said Carole Baker at Post University. "Students receive a solid base of training so that they may find employment with equine veterinary practitioners upon graduation. The additional science and business courses in the EVA Certificate curriculum are important for anyone entering this specialized area of employment."
The training for this certificate will be based in the classroom but will include a significant portion of practical skills taught in a veterinary clinic by veterinarians and veterinary technicians, added Baker. Students also will gain additional hands-on experience through an internship at a veterinary practice.
The majority of educational options in this career field are preparatory programs for veterinary technology certification, which is primarily focused on small animal and clinical practice. Post University's program is specifically focused on preparing students to work with horses in a veterinary practice by emphasizing the equine care, sciences and business management skills needed for this field.
"This area of the horse industry is expanding rapidly and has been a consistent area of inquiry with prospective equine students," added Baker. "By adding this certificate program to our existing equine program, we can offer even more opportunities for students looking to pursue a career in the varied and growing equine field."
Founded in 1890, Post University is a career-oriented university committed to providing students with the knowledge, personal skills, and experience required to be leaders in their chosen fields. Located in Waterbury, Conn., Post University provides a wide array of degree programs for on-campus and online students of all ages. It is known for its quality, career-driven academic programs, small classes, national award-winning student activities, and competitive NCAA Division II athletics. Its nearly 5,000 full- and part-time students come from the United States and abroad, and are supported by faculty whose mission is to prepare students to compete and succeed in today's global workplace. To learn more about Post University, visit www.post.edu or call 800.345.2562.