It’s Friday! Let’s Talk about Equine Careers

I use to think when I was a young girl that it would be fun to have a job that involved a horse. You know what? It is!

I was thinking about what would be the subject today for my blog post and I thought it would be fun to investigate the types of equine careers and do a salary survey on what each one has the potential of earning.

I’ll begin with these four, and then each Friday I’ll add to the list.

161400ef7255d15deecd8cb0b29e13d4Equine Veterinarian

Education: Undergrad classes should include animal and general biology, organic chemistry, biochemistry, genetics and physics. To become an equine veterinarian, you must obtain a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from a college or university accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

Salary: According to the AVMA, the median professional income for equine veterinarians (before taxes) was $85,000 in 2009. Small animal vets fared the best in terms of average starting salary right out of veterinary school with average compensation of $64,744; large animal vets started out at an average of $62,424.Oct 13, 2016

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Equine Veterinary Technician

Education: There are over 230 accredited veterinary technician programs in the United States that have been approved by the AVMA. Most of these institutions provide training that allows a student to pursue a two-year Associates degree in the field; there are 9 programs that offer a four-year Bachelor of Science degree.

Salary: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, veterinary technicians earned a median salary of $31,070 per year ($14.94 per hour) in 2014.  The BLS survey also reported that the job category of veterinary technicians and technologists had a wide range of earnings, with the lowest tenth earning less than $21,390 and the highest tenth earning more than $45,710.

Haille Margarite – Riding Instructor

Riding Instructor

Education: No college degree required, but an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in equine studies may be helpful. Certification can be obtained through the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) or the American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA)

Salary: $26,610 (median salary for all types of animal trainers)




Raleigh Desiato – Journeyman Ferrier


The main qualifications are: DipWCF or WCF Diploma in Farriery (QCF). Formerly this qualification was the RSS or Registered Shoeing Smith. The Diploma is a prescribed examination for admission to the Register of Farriers and is normally taken at the conclusion of the four year and two month farrier apprenticeship.

Salary: In some cases the wage gap can be as great as $40,000 for pleasure horses to $200,000 or more for race and show horses. An American Farriers Journal survey in 2012 found that the average annual salary for full-time farriers in the U.S. was reported to be $92,623 per year and for part-timers, $21,153.




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