Course Overview

The Equine Sport Therapy Program consists of four components:

  1. Classroom and Hands-On Instruction
    Students attend classes once a month (on a Friday 9 am – 4 pm and Saturday 8:00 am – 2:30 pm) and receive classroom and hands-on instruction.
  2. Practical Homework
    Students are required to complete a minimum of 20 assessments and case studies between classes.
  3. Course study
    Students are responsible to study the texts and material supplied by the College.
  4. Research Projects
    There are 3 research projects that must be completed and handed in during the course of study.

Students must be prepared to spend, on average, two to three hours per day to complete the practical homework, course study and research components. Total hours for the course will be 2000.

Examination Process:
Class in PaddockStudents receive a quiz at the beginning of each class and are required to submit their case studies of animals worked on. In September of the second term, students write a midterm paper covering all the material presented in the first term.

A final mark of 70%, or greater, is required to pass and is calculated in the following manner:

  • Midterm exam and quizzes 15% of final mark
  • Practical Homework (case studies) 15% of final mark
  • Research projects 10% of final mark
  • Final written exams: Practical, Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, and General make up 60% of final mark

Classroom Schedule:
Instruction is presented in two sets of modules which run from September until June the first year and from September until June the second year.

Classroom and hands-on instruction consists of twenty (20) two-day classes which are held at our College in Vernon, B.C. (10 the first year, 10 the second year)

We also enjoy a field trip to local equestrian facilities during the two years. Classes are held on Friday 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. and Saturday 8:00a.m. – 2:30p.m. (1/2 hour for lunch) from September to June. You are notified of the dates upon acceptance to the program. We accept approximately 24 students to ensure personal time.

Tuition & Fees For BCCET Vernon, BC:
Hands on work with horsesRegistration fee of $250, Administration fee of $250 and first Tuition payment of $600 are all due upon acceptance. First year tuition total is $5,850.00 plus a $10 archival fee.  The second year tuition is $2,500.00 with a $250 Administration fee and a $10 archival fee.

Cost for textbooks and course material is $835.00 and is due first day of class. This figure could change slightly depending on the U.S. dollar. Textbooks and College manuals are handed out on your first day of class.

How to Apply:
You can apply by mail or online. See “How to Apply” for more information. Please contact us if you have not received an email confirming receipt of your application.

Saddle Fitting DVD:
Of the thousands of horses Dave has worked with, ill-fitting saddles have been a major contributor to movement problems, unsoundness and training problems. It is through his research and practical approach to saddle-fit problems that horses and riders enjoy a better relationship. This video offers both the English and Western rider the tools to assess and correct common saddle-fit problems. To order or to find out more

If you require further information, please contact us.