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Harcum College Veterinary Technology, the longest-running program in Eastern Pa.

The Harcum College Veterinary Technology Program is the longest-running and best known program in Eastern Pennsylvania.

Harcum 2Accredited by the AVMA since 1976, Harcum has produced thousands of graduates who make a daily impact on the lives of animals and their owners.


Harcum’s relationship with the University of Pennsylvania’s Veterinary Hospitals allows the students the unique opportunity to get their large animal clinical experience at Penn’s New Bolton Center in Kennett Square.

Students spend 12 weeks at New Bolton.

Harcum 1"Pictured are current Harcum students at the
New Bolton Center:
(L to R) Jim Loftus, Jose Santiago, Lara Haab, Sophia Steinberg, Sarah Gleason, Justine Stos, Molly Levinthal"
During this time they complete rotations in Nursing, Anesthesia, Sports Medicine and Field Service and spend time in all areas of the facility including the pharmacy, clinical lab, pathology lab and Marshak Dairy.

Upon graduation, many graduates of the program go on to accept positions as nurses at New Bolton Center.


“The fact that every one of our students gets to work side by side with the doctors and nurses at New Bolton Center sets Harcum’s program apart from the others when it comes to experience with horses. There is just nothing that can compare,” said Kathy Koar, M.S. Ed. CVT, Program Director, Veterinary Technology, Harcum College

Alfred University has Western and Hunt Seat Varsity Intercollegiate teams

Through Alfred University’s Equestrian Program, we have a variety of diverse opportunities for our students.

Alfred Univ 3The 400-acre Bromeley-Daggett Equestrian Center at Alfred University was constructed in 2005 and is just 5 minutes from AU’s campus.

Alfred Univ 2It is completely heated and includes classrooms, offices, 56 stalls for university horses and student-owned boarders, a heated indoor arena and two lighted outdoor arenas.

There are also several miles of trails throughout the surrounding wooded areas.

Alfred Univ 1We have two Varsity Intercollegiate teams (totaling 61 riders for both Western and Hunt Seat), which are both fully supported by the University.

This means there are not additional fees or “out of pocket” expenses for team members.

In addition to the Intercollegiate teams we have an Equestrian Studies minor and several classes that can be taken by students in enrolled in any program/major.

Specifically, we offer several riding classes in both disciplines for beginner through advanced riders, driving (which can count as PE credit), dressage, and introductory courses.

Lake Erie College has four equestrian majors

Lake Erie College students network with passionate equine professionals and champions locally and across the world.

Photo for Lake ErieNestled in the picturesque Northeast Ohio countryside, LEC’s state-of-the-art George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center houses four equestrian majors and four riding disciplines in the School of Equine Studies.

As the site of national training sessions, clinics and competitions, its facilities remain a premier destination for studies in equestrian teacher/trainer - English, equestrian facilities management, equine entrepreneurship, and equine therapeutic horsemanship.

Avid equestrians at Lake Erie hone their gifts in the disciplines of Western, Hunter, Jumper, and Dressage while competing on three national caliber intercollegiate equestrian teams.

Internship and career connections form easily in the School of Equine Studies, whether students seek adventures abroad or experience at local camps, saddleries and training facilities.

Dedicated, expert faculty and coaches empower each student with the compassion and prowess to succeed in global industry.

Riding Majors at Meredith Manor include Dressage, Jumping and Western

Meredith Manor is a nationally accredited equestrian college dedicated exclusively to preparing students for successful careers with horses.

Meredith Manor awards.showRiding majors include Dressage, Jumping, and Western.

Meredith Manor flag practiceFlag practiceCareer Emphasis Areas include Training, Teaching, Equine Massage Therapy, Breeding, Horse Health, Barn Management, Business Management, Farrier, Forging and Leather Working.

In our equestrian programs, students work to improve their own skill base and theoretical understanding resulting in the increasing capability to influence a horse to higher and higher levels of mental and physical accomplishments.

Meredith Manor's name and reputation are known by serious horse people throughout the world.

Students from the ages of 17 to 63 have attended the School from every state and many foreign countries.

Meredith Manor snow kissSnow kissMeredith Manor strives to provide a climate of learning in which each student may identify and accomplish his or her equine goals.

We are committed to a hands-on teaching and learning process that will provide our students with the critical skills necessary to enjoy life-long careers in the horse industry.

Delaware Valley University’s Sara Gumbiner Competes in the Kentucky Three-Day Event

“If you dream big, just remember that you make your own luck.”

Sara Gumbiner at Ky. 3 daySara Gumbiner at Ky. 3 dayThat’s the philosophy that Sara Gumbiner, a 2010 Delaware Valley University equine management alumna, lives by. That belief combined with countless hours of hard work has helped her to launch a successful career in the equine industry.

In 2018, Gumbiner performed for the first time with her horse, Polaris, at the four-star level at the Kentucky Horse Park.

For Gumbiner, age 30, competing at the Kentucky Three-Day Event was a lifelong dream come true.

“Sara was a valuable role model during her time here as an undergraduate in the equine studies program,” said Cory Kieschnick, a DelVal faculty member, who served as Gumbiner’s advisor. “We’re thrilled to have alumni like Sara in the industry who are such hard workers, talented horsemen and women, and who have the hands-on experience necessary to succeed.”

Sara GumbinerSara GumbinerSince graduating from DelVal, Gumbiner has launched a successful career in the equine industry that has included working for Olympic equestrian Boyd Martin.

At DelVal, Gumbiner was captain of the Hunt Seat Team and also competed on the dressage and western teams.

She gained real-world experience as an undergraduate by interning in the industry for top professionals. She was also a part of the Intercollegiate Equestrian World Cup as a student.

“DelVal gave me a lot of all-around experience,” said Gumbiner. “I loved the farm atmosphere. I loved that they were known for their equine programs. When I walked on to the campus, I just knew it was for me. I walked around, and I just felt like I was at home.”

Gumbiner’s advice to young people hoping to follow her example is to surround yourself with the right people.

“It’s really important to take any and all opportunities that come your way and be sure to surround yourself with people who believe in you,” said Gumbiner.

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