The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will host Experience Equine Week November 2-6 for high school students and their families interested in learning more about its equine science and management undergraduate degree program.
This weeklong series of virtual events provides an opportunity to learn more about the university’s equine programming. In addition to the sessions listed below, a number of virtual tours and student-produced videos highlighting the student experience will also be released throughout the week.
“Experience Equine is one of my favorite events each year, as we got to bring students and their families to campus to learn about all things equine at UK and immerse them in the local equine industry,” said Kristen Wilson, equine academic coordinator. “Since we could not do an in-person event this year due to COVID-19, we had to think differently about how to offer a similar experience in a virtual format. Even more exciting is that our equine student leadership team, the Wildcat Wranglers, have played an integral part in creating much of the week’s content to showcase the equine experience from a student perspective.”
Zoom sessions include:
- Equine industry careers and alumni panel session, Monday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. EST. Prospective students and their families will hear from UK Ag Equine Programs’ internship coordinator, Savannah Robin, about the variety of career paths within the equine industry. Attendees will also have an opportunity to connect with UK equine alumni and ask questions about their professional paths.
- Equine student Q&A, Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. EST. Attendees will hear from current equine students, learn more about the variety of equine-related clubs and teams and play trivia.
- Parent Q&A, Thursday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. EST. Parents will have an opportunity to ask questions about the program, admissions processes, scholarships and more.
Families can watch the student-produced videos by connecting with UK Ag Equine Programs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
“We hope the virtual format will enable prospective students and their parents to participate despite the COVID-19 challenges and living far away,” said James MacLeod, UK Ag Equine Programs director, John S. and Elizabeth A. Knight chair and professor of veterinary science at the Gluck Equine Research Center. “A primary goal is to provide a transparent overview of our equine programs, as well as to relay available resources and contacts for additional information on specific issues as needed.”
Those interested in participating can sign up at https://students.ca.uky.edu/exp_equine.
More information about the major can be found on UK Ag Equine Programs’ website at https://equine.ca.uky.edu/.
— Holly Wiemers, UK College of Agriculture