OSU News Feed –
Oklahoma ranks fourth in number of horses nationally and first in number of horses
According to a 2012 study by The Innovation Group, the equine industry has an economic
impact of $3.6 billion on the state, while providing more than 25,000 full-time equivalent
“There is a high demand in this state and others across the country for people with
advanced training and knowledge in the equine area and employers are specifically
looking for students that have degrees where equine was their primary area of focus,”
said Steven Cooper, associate professor in Oklahoma State University’s Department
of Animal and Food Sciences.
With such a large number of horses and high demand for knowledgeable equine industry
professionals, OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is doing
its part to fill the void. A first-of-its-kind program, the Equine Enterprise Management
certificate program, will be offered to any undergraduate student at the university.
“The program will get students career-ready with an applicable skill set to allow
them to integrate into the horse industry,” said Cynda Clary, CANSR associate dean.
“The Equine Enterprise Management program will be of great value to our students and
the equine industry as a whole.”
Students in the program must complete a required number of hours in equine courses
while meeting specific core requirements. These courses will provide both scientific
training as well as practical experience within the equine concentration regardless
of the student’s major.
“This program also incorporates some business-related courses, which could prove to
be beneficial to students wishing to own and operate their own equine enterprise,”
Cooper said. “This certificate program will help us provide students with documentation
that they have received this type of training while requiring a primary focus in the
Students will receive a certificate upon completion in Equine Enterprise Management
that would be registered officially on their …