About the course

About the course

This VCE VET Program is designed as an introduction to the equine industry. In the first year of the course you will learn the skills and knowledge to work safely with horses including basic horse husbandry and care, understanding equine behaviour, daily work routines and equine anatomy.

In second year you will learn how to identify and monitor the signs of common illness and injury in horses; understand basic horse physiology and the impact of illness and injury on horses; identify conformation in horses and develop the ability to use appropriate conformation  terminology to describe the relationship between conformation, movement and function; and gain understanding of how to implement feeding programs, monitor the quality of feed, feed supplements and individual feeding habits of horses.

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Course Length and Classes


Part time: 2 years

  • Tuesday 4:00pm to 7:30pm (Box Hill)
  • Wednesday 1:30pm to 5:00pm (Lilydale)
  • Wednesday 2:00 to 5:30 (Box Hill or City)

You will be required to attend full day practical training sessions, 6 days in Year 1, and 3 days in Year 2. Dates to be supplied on Orientation.

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Entry Requirements


This course can only be completed as part of your secondary school studies in years 10, 11 and 12. You must have the approval of your school to enroll in the course. 

Students must weigh less than 95kg to undertake horse riding practical activities due to availability of horses. Ambulance cover and tetanus vaccination is also required when working with horses. Students must have basic horse riding and handling skills or be willing to undertake further instruction at their own cost outside of course time.

Pathways


After successful completion, you may wish to further your studies in the equine industry.

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Career Outcomes


After successful completion, you may wish to apply for employment opportunities as an animal attendant, stable or stud hand, horse breeder, veterinary nurse or riding coach. Other possible industries are horse racing and retail.

Contribution to VCE, VCAL & ATAR


On successful completion of this program, you will be eligible for:

  • recognition of up to four units at Units 1 and 2 level and a Units 3 and 4 sequence.
  • Students wishing to receive an ATAR contribution for the Units 3 and 4 sequence of VCE VET Equine Studies must undertake scored assessment for the purpose of achieving a study score. This study score can contribute directly to the ATAR, either as one of the student’s best four studies (the primary four) or as a fifth or sixth study.

Structured Workplace Learning


The VCAA mandates a minimum of 40 hours of structured workplace learning (SWL) placement over the duration of the program.

Fees


Please contact your secondary school regarding fees for this program

Uniform Requirements


Students will be required to provide their own helmets, boots and riding pants for practical days.

Course Structure


*Subject to change in 2020. Please refer to boxhill.edu.au for current course information. This training package will change in the near future and minor alterations to the course will occur. All new students will be enrolled into the new course.

    Year 1


  • AHCHBR203A Provide daily care for horses
    40.0 hours

    This unit covers the process of providing daily care for horses and defines the standard required to: complete stable routines efficiently; complete daily horse maintenance; select horses for a range of purposes; catch and tie up horses; groom or rug horses as required by the organisation; clean and maintain equipment; work safely around horses.

  • AHCWRK204A Work effectively in the industry
    20.0 hours

    This unit of competency covers the process of working effectively on an individual basis and with others and defines the standard required to: meet the standards required in the industry for dress and work practices; implement the quality standards for workplace products or services; interpret instructions and establish work tasks and priorities; demonstrate communication skills with supervisors and co workers.

  • HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency life support
    8.0 hours

  • SISOEQO201A Handle horses
    20.0 hours

    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to handle horses safely. This unit focuses on the identification and safe catching, management and handling of horses for the purposes of transporting, training and racing or recreational use.

  • VU21401 Work safely in an equine organisation
    50.0 hours

    This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to undertake work in the equine industry. It covers safety in the workplace, career opportunities and the correct use of tools and equipment. It requires the ability to perform work, meet employer requirements, communicate effectively and complete workplace documentation where required. Work will be undertaken with supervision and may involve working with others and performing work according to workplace standards

  • VU21405 Equine anatomy
    30.0 hours

    To provide participants with an understanding of the external features and anatomy of horses being trained or used for racing,

    competitive performance, breeding and recreation.

  • VU21407 Demonstrate basic horse riding or driving skills
    40.0 hours

    This unit covers the knowledge and skill to participate in horse riding or horse driving activities in controlled conditions under supervision and using safe and suitable horses.

  • VU21409 Assist in the preparation of a horse for an event
    40.0 hours

    This unit of competency standard covers the skills and knowledge required to enable an individual to assist a professional competitor or trainer in the preparation of a horse for a competition. Functions include assisting with the exercise program, preparation for travel and caring for a horse, before, during and after a competition. The work in this unit may be carried out independently within own area of responsibility.


  • Year 2


  • VU21402 Implement horse health and welfare practices
    60.0 hours

    This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to monitor and identify signs of common illness and injury in horses and other signs of distress and to report observations accurately and in a timely fashion. The unit also covers preventative regimes that are an integral part of horse husbandry. Basic treatment using veterinary medicines may in some instances be given under supervision.

  • VU21403 Implement and monitor a horse feeding program
    40.0 hours

    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to implement a feeding program, monitor the quality of feed and feed supplements and monitor feeding habits and variations of individual horses.

    Before undertaking this unit, it is recommended that learners are able to apply safe horse handling skills and workplace OHS standards.

    This unit of competency is relevant to a range of equine work environments and horses trained or used for racing, competitive, performance, breeding and recreation.

  • VU21404 Relate equine form and function
    50.0 hours

    This competency standard covers the skills and knowledge required to recognise conformation features of horses. It requires the ability to see desirable and poor conformation in horses and the ability to use standard conformation terminology. Developing an eye for conformation also includes recognising unsoundness and blemishes and the ability to relate conformation to the way of going

  • VU21406 Equine physiology
    50.0 hours

    To provide participants with an understanding of the physiology of horses being trained or used for racing, competitive performance, breeding and recreation. Learning outcomes involve the physiology of major systems and how they relate to horse health and performance.


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