Equine Science

Academic Program Chair:

Dr. Mark W. Murphey

murphey@latech.edu

(318) 257-2457

The Equine Science option is a science-based program that incorporates many opportunities for hands-on experience in an effort to make students most marketable in today's industry. The 43-acre Equine Center is located on LA Tech's South Campus and houses approximately 35 stock type horses of various ages. The facility includes a 16 stall training barn, a lighted arena with covered stands, and both large and small round pens for groundwork training.

Equine Picstudents with horses

In the classroom, students learn horse care and management, equine anatomy, physiology, behavior and nutrition. Students develop research projects that are conducted at the Equine Center, learning about research and the scientific method. Students also work closely with community partners doing Service Learning activities with underprivileged children. Field trips to local farms and equine facilities expose students to a variety of equine breeds, disciplines and future employment contacts. To further broaden their knowledge and learn about horses in a fun atmosphere, students can participate in the Equestrian Club, the Stock Horse Team and/or the Rodeo Club.

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Career opportunities for graduates in Equine Science include but are not limited to: Equine farm managers, County/Parish Extension and 4-H agents, sales associates for feed companies and other allied industries, trainers and owner/producers. For students interested in continuing their education, professional or graduate school is a logical next step for many of our graduates.