New online equine education venture launches

Dr Jo-Anne Murray
Dr Jo-Anne Murray

A new online equine education venture is offering its first course, exploring horse behaviour.

Equine Education intends to run a range of courses for people interested in learning more about equine topics.

The first course starts on July 14 and will provide participants with an introduction to equine behaviour, covering development of behaviour, abnormal behaviour, such as weaving, and also the underlying behavioural principles surrounding learning and training.

The course will be delivered by Dr Sebastian McBride, an international expert on equine behaviour with years of experience teaching online. It will consist of recorded lectures, notes, links to interesting articles and online discussion forums.

McBride will also be on hand to answer participants’ questions.

The venture was set up by Dr Jo-Anne Murray.

Murray has been involved with horses since she was a young girl and, after many years of working in various yards and attaining her British Horse Society Intermediate Instructor qualification, she moved into academia.

After gaining her PhD in equine nutrition, she went on to set up the world’s first and only online Equine Science masters programme at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Murray said: “After years of providing degree-level courses online, I realised that there were many people unable to take online courses in equine topics to learn more about managing and working with horses without committing to a degree level study.

equine-education“I set up Equine Education to provide quality, affordable education that is accessible to everyone.”

Its aim was to ensure that participants received excellent educational experience that was interactive and fun and allowed them to learn more about the subjects that interested them, she said.

“Best of all, studying online allows people to fit their studying in around everything else they have going on in their busy lives, including their horses!”

Murray is recognised internationally as a leading authority in equine science and in online education.

Since launching a few weeks ago, Equine Education has received more than 400 registrations and numbers are growing rapidly.

Further courses will run in the autumn on equine nutrition and equine health.

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