Reflecting on HND Equine
“We were surprised to learn so many career paths are available in the Equine sector”
-thus Equine Studies students Tomas, Morbhan, Hollie and Kaitlin reflected back on their event management module, which is part of their HND course.
The group of four organised an afternoon of career talks that took place last month at SRUC Oatridge – with professional from across the equine industry taking part to talk about their own career, and more.
Morbhan found particularly eye-opening “to learn about careers in racing”. Students often believe that in that industry “animals are just treated as objects and are simply raced to their deaths” whereas in fact “they are well looked after”. Hollie agreed that was an interesting topic “She [the speaker] spoke of all jobs from bookies to breeding”. Eleanor Boden was only one of the main speakers, along with Jill Stevenson from Lochview Stables and Sarah Mary Brown, a farrier.
For Morbhan, Kaitlin and Hollie Sarah Mary Brown’s talk had a special significance as she is made a name for herself in the farrier’s industry- a male dominated discipline. She was the first woman to become a member of the Worship Company of Farriers, an institution established in 1605 to
Beside learning about the career paths available, the group of 4 learned about and enjoyed planning an event . Tomas enjoyed “doing something real”, with event that took place in the Arran Room attracted about 30 students.
All students talked about the team effort and their improved communication skills – the HND course not only provides technical equine knowledge but it also equips students with a broad range of skills that will come handy in any careers – and includes modules in Marketing and Event Management as well as Yard Management and Grassland Management.