Link to Kirkwood Community College

Career opportunities
Horse Science graduates with a two-year degree can work as:

  • Assistant trainers
  • Associates in feed and tack stores
  • Equine horse show and racehorse grooms
  • Breeding farm managers
  • Equine marketing assistants
  • Equine health care assistants
  • Horse show manager

Horse Science students complete an eight-week internship after their final semester of course work. Students work 40+ hours per week in the job of their choice where they apply their lab and classroom skills in an actual work setting. Internships can potentially lead to permanent employment.

The many equine industry contacts afforded the students by the close working relationship with the Iowa Equestrian Center allow students to get first-hand knowledge of many different areas available for their future careers.

Kirkwood horses
Kirkwood owns 35 horses in a variety of breeds including Quarter Horses, Paints, Appaloosas, Arabians, Saddlebreds, Morgans and even many draft-crosses.