South Australia provides an opportunity to train as a veterinarian at the University of Adelaide, with many students choosing to specialize in equines after graduation. Degrees are also available in related areas including animal behaviour.
Horse SA provides feedback and input into a variety of vocational qualifications to support contemporary and relevant updates.
Vocational qualifications are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), with delivery by public funded or private Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). If you are interested in a qualifications and organisations accredited to train people, these can be searched on Training.gov.au.
Throughout the year, horse industry representatives including Horse SA, work with two Service Skills Organisations to update or develop new qualifications, being Skills Impact (Racing & Animal Care and Management Training Packages) and Skills IQ (Sports, Fitness & Recreation Training Package).
In South Australia, TAFE SA provides veterinary nurse training with job opportunities coming up from time to time in equine clinics.
However, many roles, especially in the thoroughbred racing industry, are learnt on-the-job coupled with a training agreement in order to attain an AQF recognised qualification. Contact Racing SA about career pathways and training.
Qualifications for leading a trail ride, instructing recreational riders or related job roles is available through the South Australian based Horse Safety Australia, which operates in partnership with Sports SA.
If you are interested in coaching riders or drivers related to a particular sport, it is likely that the peak body has a specialist coaching course already in place. For example, Equestrian Australia provides coaching qualifications which supports gaining a job at a riding centre or to start up your own business. Organisations including Pony Club Australia, Riding for the Disabled Australia and Polocrosse Australia also provide coach education, available in South Australia through the state branches.
Volunteering is a great way to meet potential employers, gain skills and get to know the horse industry better.
Riding for the Disabled runs a number of centres throughout the state, which rely on volunteers to deliver the riding and driving programs, and care for horses.
Every local club activity, horse show, endurance ride, cross-country competition or carriage driving event requires many volunteers to run. Visit the club page to find a club local to you.