# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Equine Science Course Description

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Equine Science (8080/36 weeks) Course Description

Course Description

Course Code:8080
Duration:36 weeks
Suggested Grade Levels:9–12

In this course, students learn how to care for and manage horses. The major instructional areas include equine health, nutrition, management, reproduction, training, evaluation, and showmanship. Additional instruction in tools, equipment, equine facilities management, business management of equine enterprises, and the economics of boarding, training, and merchandising horses is included. Participation in FFA activities, leadership development events (LDEs), and career development events (CDEs) is encouraged.

Recommended prerequisite: Introduction to Animal Systems 8008

As noted in Superintendent’s Memo #058-17 (2-28-2017), this Career and Technical Education (CTE) course must maintain a maximum pupil-to-teacher ratio of 20 students to one teacher, due to safety regulations. The 2016-2018 biennial budget waiver of the teacher-to-pupil ratio staffing requirement does not apply.

Career Clusters and Pathways

For federal reporting (choose one)

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
    • Agribusiness Systems
    • Animal Systems
    • Environmental Service Systems
    • Food Products and Processing Systems
    • Natural Resources Systems
    • Power, Structural, and Technical Systems
  • Education and Training
    • Teaching and Training
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Science and Mathematics

Available Credentials

Upon completion of the course


Concentration Sequences

A combination of the course above and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses appropriate to their career pathways.

Check the course description for any course listed below, because some may have a prerequisite.