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Bachelor of Animal Husbandry - Equine, Sports and Business (BSc)

VHL University of Applied Sciences
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

Bachelor of Animal Husbandry - Equine, Sports and Business (BSc)

Do you have a passion for horses and an itch for societal developments? Do you want to make a difference in the international equine sector as an equine feed consultant, marketer, breeding expert or event manager? Then this challenging and fascinating study is for you.

The full-time Equine, Sports and Business study program is part of the higher professional education (HBO) program Animal Husbandry and offers you a unique focus combo of horses and business. During this study, you will engage with subjects such as nutrition, breeding, behaviour and well-being. You will also delve into subjects such as finance, management and marketing. In addition to this knowledge, you will also learn important skills such as networking, advising, planning and organising. In the meantime, you will automatically be part of the program's extensive international network. You're in a class with students from all over the world. This means that the lessons will be given in English and you will be optimally prepared for work in the international sector.

The equine industry is growing rapidly worldwide, which offers plenty of opportunities. Developments in breeding, sport, recreation and business are following in short succession. The sector would like to show what is most important, namely respectful treatment of the horse. Everyone who works with horses feels responsible for the welfare of the animal, whether it involves top-flight sport or a hobby. Will you take the lead on this later?

Admission requirements

General admission requirements

HAVO-equivalent secondary school diploma

One of the general admission requirements for all our 4-year Bachelor study programs is a secondary school diploma, which is equivalent to the Dutch HAVO diploma. Examples of equivalent levels are the International Baccalaureate diploma or A-Levels. Your diploma will be evaluated after VHL has received your complete application.

Specific admission requirements

It is highly recommended that Chemistry is covered until the end of secondary school, but this is not a mandatory admission requirement.

Language proficiency English

All international students must provide proof of their English proficiency by submitting one of the following documents:

  • Academic IELTS test with an overall band score of 6.0 and no sub-scores below 5.0
  • TOEFL test with a score of 80 or above (internet based)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): pass at grade C or above
  • Cambridge First Certificate (CFE): pass at grade B/C or above

Please note that tests results older than two years are not accepted.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

Term 1

  • Sector orientation
  • Animal nutrition and breeding

Term 2

  • Marketing
  • Animal health

Term 3

  • Animals in society
  • Animals in business

Term 4

  • Land & forage management
  • Practical project

Year 2

Term 1

  • Internship

Term 2

  • Research & health
  • Nutrition and breeding

Term 3

  • Innovation
  • Online marketing and sales

Term 4

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Horse-rider performance

Year 3

  • Further deepening in: Horse / Business / Industry / Trade
  • Internship

Year 4

  • Minor
  • Graduation project

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • EU students: €2.168 per year
  • Non-EU students: €9.100 per year


When you successfully graduate from Animal Husbandry you will have obtained a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree.

Continuing studies

Would you like to continue your studies after obtaining your Bachelor's degree? Then, of course, moving on to a Master's program at a university (in the Animals or Business Administration track) is also an option.

Career opportunities

Your career opportunities are versatile and varied. You can work as a consultant, project manager, account manager, event organiser, marketer, equine welfare specialist or breeding expert. Graduates land at both national and international employers. For example at feed producers, sector organisations, stables and breeding farms. Then there are also insurers, transport and event agencies.

Some examples where graduates of Equine, Sports and Business are employed:

  • Horse insurance companies: Xcellent Horse Insurances
  • Feed producers: Pavo, Höveler
  • Equestrian sports equipment: Equiva, Stübben, Bieman de Haas (BR & Anky)
  • Transport/ Logistics: Copex
  • Media: Eisma Horses Media, Clip my Horse
  • Breeding organisations: KWPN, NRPS, Hannoveraner association, Swedish Warmblood, Oldenburger association
  • Event agencies: Reed Exhibitions (Equitana) , Academy Bartels (Horse Event) Cross Media Ventures (Indoor Brabant), Kasselmann (Horses & Dreams)
  • Industry associations: FNRS, KNHS, ZLTO

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VHL University of Applied Sciences

Larensteinselaan 26a
The Netherlands

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