CAFRE students getting to the bones of equine anatomy and physiology in first ever fully online course

In September 2022, the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) released its first ever fully online course delivered at Level 4 at Enniskillen Campus

The Certificate of Higher Education in Equine Science and Management is a part-time course validated through Ulster University delivered over two years.

Students cover a wide variety of topics in their first year through a series of short online videos that can be watched at any time to fit around the students’ busy schedules.

With a formative assessment at the end of each topic to test their knowledge and optional interactive live sessions, the students are able to take advantage of all that CAFRE offers without the commitment of travelling to the campus.

Dr Andrea Emerson, CAFRE Veterinary Lecturer, hosting a live tutorial session for the Anatomy and Physiology module on the online Level 4 CertHE programme.

The course is designed to enable those that are already working with horses to gain a formal higher level equine qualification to compliment their practical experience.

Jenny Caldwell is a student on the course and said: “So far, I have had a great experience on the CertHE course. I run a busy livery yard so the short, bite sized lectures are easy to dip in and out of at a time that is convenient to me. Also, the support is great, if you need anything the course team will do everything they can to help.”

For the Equine Anatomy and Physiology module, students recently enjoyed a live interactive session on the equine skeleton with CAFRE’s Veterinary Lecturer Dr Andrea Emerson. Students will learn everything from cell biology to muscles, bones, reproduction systems, genetics and much more.

The Introduction to Equine Nutrition Module will begin after Christmas, followed by Equine Health and Welfare over the summer. Next year students will cover Equine Business, Exercise Physiology and Breeding with the option of specialising in the Thoroughbred sector for both the Business and Breeding modules.

Dr Andrea Emerson, CAFRE Veterinary Lecturer, hosting a live tutorial session for the Anatomy and Physiology module on the online Level 4 CertHE programme.

The next intake of the CertHE in Equine Science and Management will be September 2023.

If you are interested, visit: www.cafre.ac.uk/equine-science-management, or contact Julie McSwiggan on Tel. 028 6634 4603, or email [email protected]