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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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About this program

Combine your passion for horses with your work

Are you a passionate horse-lover? Do you want to make a difference in the international equine sector as an equine feed consultant, breeding expert or event manager? Whether regarding top-tier sports or hobby horse-riding, it is vital that we focus on what’s most important: the respectful treatment of horses. Can you envision yourself taking the lead on this in the future?

The Equine, Sports and Business study programme is a track of the Bachelor Animal Husbandry. You will spend half of your time studying the horse itself, and the other half on the business side of the equine world. You will learn about nutrition, breeding, genetics and animal welfare. In addition, you will follow courses such as marketing, finance, event management and business. In the meantime, you will automatically become part of the programme's extensive international network. 

The equine industry is growing rapidly worldwide, which offers plenty of opportunities. Developments in breeding, sport, recreation and business are following in short succession and The Netherlands is leading the way in this respect. Will you help the sector in sucesfully adapting to these developments?

Admission requirements


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 we have received your complete application.

English proficiency

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

  • IELTS Academic test with an overall band score of 6.0 and no sub-scores below 5.0
  • TOEFL IBT 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 (FCE)*: pass at grade B/C or above.

Depending on your diploma you might be exempted from providing proof of English proficiency. Please visit our website for more information.

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Program content

During your studies, you spend half of your time on everything to do with the horse itself. You learn about the nutrition, genetics, health and well-being of horses. The other half of your study time is devoted to the business side of the equestrian world. Courses such as marketing, finance, event management and business are part of this. 
Courses include:

  • Animal nutrition and breeding
  • Marketing
  • Animal health
  • Research and Health
  • Animals in society
  • Animals in business
  • Entrepreneurship

Two international internships are incorporated into each of our programmes to obtain well-valued international work experience even before you graduate. You will also have the opportunity to study a semester abroad as we are part of the Erasmus exchange programme.

Scholarships & funding

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


  • Tution fee for EU: € 2209 a year*
  • Tution fee for non-EU: € 9270 a year

    *The Dutch government is halving tuition fees for first-year Bachelor students in higher education. Those who meet the conditions will pay only € 1,105 in the first year.


  • Degree: Bachelor
  • When you successfully graduate from Animal Husbandry - Equine, Sports and Business you will have obtained a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc).

Career paths

The horse industry is booming. This means that you, as a young professional in Equine, Sports and Business, are in luck. During your studies, you will start building a network of valuable contacts, and acquire essential work experience. You will have many opportunities to work in a variety of positions, and to participate in the global debates on the sector. A lot of our graduates found work at the organisation where they did their internship.

Your career opportunities are versatile and varied. Graduates can be found all over the world. 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 or horse traders. Then there are also insurers, transport and event agencies.

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Why study at VHL University of Applied Sciences

Do you want to contribute to a more sustainable world and work on your personal development? Study at Van Hall Larenstein, the most sustainable University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands! We offer a range of unique English-taught Bachelor, Master and Certificate programs in fields in which the Netherlands is at the top. So whether you are interested in nutrition or international trade, working with animals, or want to work on the United Nations Sustainability Goals, we have the right program for you!

  • Small-scale university of applied sciences with personal attention
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  • Practical lessons in experimental farms, gardens, and tech-labs
  • International internships incorporated within the programs
  • Professional orientation with guest lectures, excursions and real life cases
  • Unique study programs in fields in which the Netherlands is a frontrunner

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