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post #1 of 7 Old 07-15-2012, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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Masters in Equine Physiology

What type of things could I do with a Masters in Equine Physiology? Does anyone have any experience with this degree? I am currently getting a BS in Animal Science--Production/Industry, would it even be possible to pursue said Master with that background?

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post #2 of 7 Old 07-15-2012, 05:10 PM
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You're going to have to look at a school that offers that program and see what their requirements are.

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post #3 of 7 Old 07-15-2012, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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I would be staying here at A&M. Since it's summer I don't really have access to an adviser, I just wanted to see if anyone knew anything about it haha

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post #4 of 7 Old 07-15-2012, 06:11 PM
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I'm going to give you the pessimistic answer.....nothing. You are going to spend a ton of money and it won't help you a bit. I have a BS degree in Animal Science specializing in Equine Industry and it was a waste. Most jobs in the equine field prefer experience over education.
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seems like equine jobs are gonna want you to be a vet, or pay you very little. I have a friend here with a large animal degree in Animal science. She sells condo time shares. All the animal jobs basically involve shoveling poo for minimum wage or volunteers at the zoo.
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-15-2012, 06:43 PM
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Skip the Masters, get a PhD and do research. As long as you are doing interesting things and are affiliated with a well known veterinary college you would likely not have issues getting grants.
There are lots of very interesting research opportunities coming up with sport/performance horse physiology that I'm sure many vets would like to have an equine physiologist work on.
I wouldn't take that as an "easy" route however! Academia is full of politics and you will have to work like a dog to get any type of recognition, and even then everyone is lining up to discount your research and studies.
I don't think a MSc. will get you very far, either go for just the BSc. or if you are motivated towards research, a PhD.

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You will most likely have to get a masters before you can get into a good PhD program. If you get the doctorate and are willing to move, you should be able to get a professorship in an animal science program at a college somewhere. You also may be able to work for a large agricultural firm as a researcher or in some other capacity. While doing your doctoral research, you will figure out where you want to go. This is a very long row to plow. It is one option in life if you are serious about academics.
One thing about academia; you cannot go into to it (or most any other career for that matter) with the strict idea of getting a job in your own hometown. You have to go where the jobs are. Talk to some of your professors. They should be able to give you guidance.

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