Learn about pastures and soils; livestock handling, nutrition, breeding and health; fencing; basic mechanics and engineering; quad bikes and tractors; working animals; chainsaws and farm forestry; sustainability; seasonal farming issues; life skills for independent living in a rural environment.
One third of the programme is on-farm work experience, one third is workshop and practical sessions to develop skill sets and one third is theory based/academic. Throughout the year you’ll study sheep, beef, dairy and deer farming systems, and undertake work experience and field trips to a variety of different farms. Many students are offered employment as a result of their work experience.
This programme is ideal for people an interest in the health and handling of large animals from a veterinary perspective. Rural Veterinary Technicians (RVT) graduates are qualified to enter employment as rural veterinary technicians, farmers, scientists and stock managers of large animals such as horses, cattle, deer, goats, alpaca etc.
Telford offers small classes with a hands-on training emphasis. Students develop their skills on the Telford farm and gain practical experience with vets in the surrounding areas. This equips graduates with industry best-practice knowledge and skills.
The Telford Certificate in Equine covers topics such as Equine Health, Nutrition, and Agricultural Skills, as well as a range of practical skills and knowledge specific to the student's preferred industry sector. On completion of this programme, graduates enter the equine industry in areas such as racing stables, sport horse stables, and stud farms in roles such as rider, coach, groom, stable worker, or breeding assistant.
Students can specialise in a specific strand:
- Sporthorse (riding or coaching)
- track riding
- harness racing