Equine Science, Advanced

SCED Code: 18104
Virginia Extended Description: II
Suggested Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Duration: 36 Weeks
Prerequisite: Equine Science
OSHA Compliance Required?: Yes
Non-Traditional?: F

This course focuses on equine nutrition, handling and training techniques, grooming and foot care, anatomy and reproduction, transportation and stable management, as well as required safety procedures and protocols used in the equine industry. Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.


Competencies within this course ensure compliance with the National FFA Organization's Federal Charter Amendments Act (Public Law 116-7). Through this legislation, students are provided opportunities for leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

Class Size Regulation

The Virginia Administrative Code regulates the class size for this course. For additional information, see 8VAC20-120-150, "Maximum class size," or contact the Virginia Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education at

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Course Sequences

A combination of this course and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses, is a concentration sequence. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses based on their career pathways. A program completer is a student who has met the requirements for a CTE concentration sequence and all other requirements for high school graduation or an approved alternative education program.

Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
Agribusiness Systems
  • Agricultural Commodity Broker
  • Agricultural Products Sales Representative
  • Farm Products Purchasing Agent and Buyer
  • Farm, Ranch Manager
  • Farmer/Rancher
  • Feed, Farm Supply Store Sales Manager
  • Sales Manager
Animal Systems
  • Agricultural Products Sales Representative
  • Animal Breeder, Husbandry
  • Animal Geneticist
  • Animal Nutritionist
  • Animal Scientist
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Technician
Environmental Service Systems
  • Agricultural Products Sales Representative
  • Environmental Compliance Inspector
  • Environmental Sampling and Analysis Technician
  • Hazardous Materials Handler
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Toxicologist
Food Products and Processing Systems
  • Biochemist
  • Food Scientist
Natural Resources Systems
  • Microbiologist
  • Outdoor Recreation Guide
  • Park Manager
  • Park Technician
  • Range Technician
  • Wildlife Manager
Power, Structural, and Technical Systems
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Agricultural Equipment Operator
  • Agricultural Equipment Parts Manager
  • Agricultural Equipment Parts Sales Representative
  • Machinist
  • Parts Manager

Pathway Occupation
Teaching and Training
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Teacher Assistant
  • Training Consultant/Training Specialist

Pathway Occupation
Engineering and Technology
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineer
Science and Mathematics
  • Animal Nutritionist
  • Animal Scientist
  • Biologist
  • Chemist
  • Microbiologist
  • Research Chemist
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Technical Writer
  • Toxicologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Assistant

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