UK Tour Displays Equine Industry Career Possibilities

The tour was designed to educate students about the broad variety of careers available in the equine industry.

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UK Tour Displays Equine Industry Career Possibilities
The tour included students from Georgetown College and Midway University as well as UK students. | Photo: University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture
Krista Lea, MS, coordinator of the University of Kentucky’s (UK) Horse Pasture Evaluation Program within the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, and an equestrian herself, has hired many Equine Science and Management students as interns over the years.

She said she started to notice a pattern in their career paths or what careers they were considering, and saw a need to provide more information.

“We hire undergraduate students regularly each summer,” Lea said. “Many are equine students that want to become veterinarians or trainers, yet none of them have ended up there. Those are both hard ways to make a living and many students realize that they want more in life than 18 hours a day in a barn.”

She said she was disappointed to learn that most students were not informed of the many other careers available within the equine industry and wanted to help

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