Area of Study


Our programs range from equine pre-veterinary science to equine training to equine business management. The educational opportunities within the area are endless with an indoor facility, onsite stalling, hands-on experience in the classroom and in the arena.
Degree & Certificate Options
Transfer Degrees

Equine Science Concentration

Associate of General Science
60 Credits

Equine Science Designation

Associate of Science
60 Credits
Workforce Ready

Equine Business Management

Associate of Applied Science
60 Credits

Equine Business Management Certificate

30 Credits

Equine Management

Associate of Applied Science
71.5 Credits

Equine Management Training Certificate

30 Credits
nearly 2 million jobs available
Do you see yourself involved in the multi-billion dollar Equine Industry?

Northeastern Junior College provides students with a variety of degree options to help you achieve your educational and career goals. As a whole the economic impact of the Equine Industry is roughly $122 billion with employment in the industry nearly 2 million jobs available. The industry also pays roughly $70 million in salaries.

The programs at Northeastern range from equine pre-veterinary science to equine training to equine business management. The educational opportunities within the area are endless with an indoor facility, onsite stalling, hands-on experience in the classroom and in the arena.

If you want to be apart of a growing industry check out our degree programs and be a part of Colorado's Premier Two-Year College. 

Horse in stable
More about the Program

Depending upon the degree the entry requirements will vary. Any degrees specializing in horse training require an interview and a riding test with the program coordinator, Cole Briggs at cole.briggs@njc.edu.

The classroom and laboratory experience is hands-on in all equine degrees offered. Such experience provides real world knowledge that can be used in the industry.

The variety of work environments are vast based on the field of interest. Pre-veterinarian majors may eventually work as a clinical veterinarian or a traveling veterinarian. Equine trainers could potentially work indoors or out depending on their field.

Clubs available under the Equine Programs are:

Equine Club

Ranch Horse Versatility

Horse Judging

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of animal care and service workers is projected to grow 16 percent from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations.

About 79,900 openings for animal care and service workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.


Many people consider their pets to be a part of their family and are willing to pay more for pet care than pet owners have in the past. As more households include companion pets, employment of animal care and service workers will continue to grow.

Equine Health and Service Careers

Professionals dedicated to equine health include the following professions:

Equine Dental Technician
Equine Veterinarian
Equine Veterinary Technician
Track Veterinarian

Equine Management and Breeding

Individuals dedicated to the breeding and management sector of the industry include:

Barn Manager
Bloodstock Agent
Boarding Stable Owner
Broodmare Manager
Equine Pedigree Analyst
Farm Manager
Foaling Attendant
Horse Breeder
Horse Farm Manager
Hot Walker
Riding Stable Owner
Stallion Booking Secretary
Stallion Manager
Yearling Manager

Riding and Training Careers

Individuals dedicated to the riding and training of horses in the industry. These individuals must be attentive to a horses behavior aspects and be aware of the high-risk positions they may be exposed too.

Dude Ranch Wrangler
Exercise Rider
Horse Show Judge
Horse Trainer
Racehorse Trainer
Racehorse Outrider
Riding Instructor
Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Equine Sales Careers

Individuals seeking jobs in this area have a knack for marketing and sales and wish to utilize their skills in the equine industry.

Equine Insurance Sales Agent
Equine Product Sales Representative
Feed Sales Representative
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
Tack Shop Owners

Horse Racing Careers

Careers in the horses racing industry have a wide range and these individuals work with racehorses on a hands-on basis.

Clerk of Scales
Exercise Rider
Harness Driver
Horse Identifiers
Racetrack Starter
Racing License Clerk
Racehorse Trainer

Other Equine Careers

There are many career paths that in the previously mentioned areas.

Equine Extension Agent
Equine Photographer
Equine Transporter
Mounted Police Officer

Equine Internships and Job Sites

There are many opportunities for equine internships that help individuals gain valuable hands-on experience in the horse industry.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median annual wage for animal caretakers was $29,530 in May 2022. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $22,250, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $44,280.

The median annual wage for animal trainers was $35,620 in May 2022. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $27,050, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $66,850.

In May 2022, the median annual wages for animal trainers in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Arts, entertainment, and recreation$42,390
Retail trade$30,960

Although most animal trainers work full time, part-time work is common for both trainers and animal caretakers. Work schedules may vary to include evenings, weekends, and holidays. In facilities that operate 24 hours a day, such as kennels, animal shelters, and stables, animals may need care around the clock.

  1. Produce a written document that clearly explains an agricultural concept.
  2. Analyze information and use critical thinking to solve an agricultural problem.
  3. Explain how agriculture relates to global, social, and cultural concepts.
  4. Develop skills useful in the agriculture industry or transfer to an agricultural degree.
  5. Apply scientific information and the scientific method to explain agricultural concepts.

Articulation agreement in Equine Science Degree with Designation with Colorado State University.


Mike Anderson
Department Chair - Agriculture
Beede-Hamil 11B
Mike Anderson
Cole Briggs
Equine Management
970-522-6931 (mobile)
Cole Briggs
Amanda Morgan
Versatility Ranch Horse and Horse Judging Coach
Amanda Morgan


Laurie Cook
Administrative Assistant II
Laurie Cook