How to Become an Equine Nutritionist

It takes a certain kind of person to want to become an equine nutritionist. Some people were drawn to horses all of their lives, where others want nothing to do with the business of treating and caring for animals at all. For a wide range of individuals who want to become involved with horses without becoming actual veterinarians, the equine nutritionist is a job role that offers the opportunity to be involved in the horse business without the kinds of extensive medical training that veterinarians go through. For someone with a keen interest in horses, some basic guidelines will help during the process to become an equine nutritionist or similar animal care professional who is competent and professional.


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    Get experience with horses. It could be possible to pursue an equine nutritionist job without entry level course experience, but in the vast majority of cases, getting out and being around these animals is the first key step in the process of learning about equine health.
    • Find stable jobs or other related entry level opportunities. It only makes sense to get as much street experience as possible before taking more formal steps to become involved in equine nutrition. Any kind of experience with training or caring for horses can be valuable for those who want to eventually be involved in formal horse care professions.
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    Get a relevant bachelor's degree. Many state college programs have relatively affordable veterinary or animal nutrition programs or other applicable agriculture degrees. Many of those who become involved in animal nutrition start with these basic educational qualifications.
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    Pursue a master's degree in equine nutrition. Some of the professionals who have become equine nutrition experts themselves have gone on to receive a master's degree in this particular concentration of animal health. Additional degrees will help a person land a major role as an animal nutritionist or caregiver.
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    Learn about the horse's digestive system. Getting this key information will help a professional provide more details to customers while out in the field working with animals.
    • Find out how the equine system differs from the human system and other mammalian gastrointestinal systems. Although horses have a stomach, large intestine and small intestine like humans, the actual workings of their digestive system are a little different. Some professionals refer to fermentation vats and digestive processes of the equine tailored to their specific needs that may affect their dietary requirements and nutritional health.
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    Collect field information. For most of the people who practice veterinary nutrition or other health concerns, the end of the formal college degree is not the end of practical training for their jobs. The more these individuals get out to farms and actually treat horses, the more they will know about the average condition of the equine and how to best approach equine nutrition or other elements of standard care.

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