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Grad Cert in Equine Sports Medicine

Graduate Certificate in Equine Sports Medicine

***The Grad. Cert. in Equine Sports Medicine is currently on hiatus and will not run in the 2022/2023 academic year. When a date has been set for the next cycle to run it will be posted here.***

This programme is suitable for veterinary surgeons already in equine practice or who wish to pursue a career in equine sports medicine. The programme will equip vets with the necessary skills to fully investigate and treat poor performance in the equine athlete.  Students will explore recent developments on key subjects specific to athletic performance including genetics, exercise physiology, adaptation of the body systems to athletic training, evaluation of poor performance and the treatment of diseases and injuries that impact on athletic performance.

The programme is designed to offer busy vets the opportunity to participate in part-time education and enjoy the benefit of:

•    Studying online at a time and place that is flexible
•    Joining an online community to exchange knowledge and ideas
•    Developing skills and knowledge that enhance the management and treatment of sport horses
•    Applying new learning experiences to professional practice

The programme is offered as an online distance learning experience, therefore applicants will be expected to commit to online learning and attend a prescribed workshop in University College Dublin.


•    Genetics and exercise physiology
•    Adaptation to training
•    Pathology and Clinical Pathology of the equine athlete
•    Evaluation of Poor Performance     
•    Elective: Dissertation or Case Reports


12 months


Fees information

Admission Requirements:

Applicants are required to have a degree in veterinary medicine.

Applicants will require a computer and Broadband Internet access and an intermediate level of IT skills (be able to browse the Internet, download files, utilise email, complete online forms, and use desktop editing software such as MS Excel and Word). Whilst an induction programme to online learning will be provided, applicants whose IT skills do not meet an intermediate standard are advised to undertake beginners IT training before commencing the programme.

Next offering:

The Grad. Cert. ESM is currently on hiatus. When a date has been set for the next cycle to run it will be posted here, so please check back regularly.   


For further information, to register your interest in the next offering of the Grad. Cert. in Equine Sports Management or to enquire about any aspect of the course, please contact (opens in a new window)esm.cert@ucd.ie

Contact the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine

UCD Veterinary Sciences Centre, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
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