EQUINE STUDENTS have been virtually invited to participate in a new course dedicated to the horse racing industry.

Oatridge campus in West Lothian is to introduce a new specialism in 'Racehorse Care', and students can hear more about what the course has to offer from SRUC staff and the Scottish Racing Academy this Friday, June 5.

During a virtual open day, students can also find out more about SRUC Oatridge and its facilities – including the Scottish National Equestrian Centre which is located on campus.

The NC in Horse Care (with Racehorse Care specialism) will equip students for working in the horse racing industry, with modules in assisting with the care of the racehorse; watering and feeding; grooming and clothing; and the safe handling of thoroughbred horses.

Students will also undertake early morning and weekend yard duties, and general modules in horse health, safe working practices, and stable and yard routine.

In addition to the NC course, the academy offers opportunities for new recruits into horse racing to get recognition for their skills or gain additional skills while continuing to work.

Programme Leader for Horse Care and Equine Studies at SRUC, Louise Bulmer, said: “This is such an exciting opportunity for anyone who wants to work in the world of horse racing and for racing staff to develop their skills and progress their careers in a safe and professional environment.

“We are thrilled to be working with the Scottish Racing Academy to support students to accelerate their individual development and give them the best education to achieve their individual goals.”

SRA Manager, Eleanor Boden, added: “I’m particularly excited about this opportunity with SRUC because it’s the only course of its kind in the whole of the UK where you can do a full-time non-apprenticeship racing-specific qualification.”

To book a place on the virtual open day, visit: sruc.ac.uk/opendays