The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
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Equine Behaviour courses

Three credit-bearing short course options from within the MSc Equine Science portfolio exploring a science-based approach to equine behaviour, welfare and ethics.

We offer three courses that cover different aspects of equine behaviour.  Students can undertake one, two or all three courses to make up a Postgraduate Certificate.

These courses sit within the MSc Equine Science online distance learning programme from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh.  The degree programme has been running for over 15 years and has an established international reputation for excellence.

Equitation Science 

This course is designed to understand horse-human interactions more scientifically and promote better training through evidence-based techniques.  It covers topics that will optimise the training of a healthy horse and how to solve simple problematic behaviours that commonly occur both on the ground and in the saddle.  Content is suitable for trainers, instructors or anyone interested in the welfare of the ridden horse.

Equine Behavioural Medicine

This course provides you with the tools to investigate and treat more complex, problematic behaviours and untangle the many factors that contribute to them including pain, stress or the impact of adverse early life experiences.  Content is suitable for anyone who wants to go on to practice as an equine behaviourist or those who simply want a deeper understanding of this topic.  Equitation Science is a pre-requisite as it builds on knowledge and skilled developed build on that course.

Equine Behaviour, Welfare and Ethics 

This course approaches these topics from a global and One Welfare perspective.  The content is suitable for anyone work in the equine industry who believes that welfare should be at the heart of everything we do with equids, whether that is for performance, leisure or working horses.