Equine nutritionists are an important part of the horse spectrum and have an innate ability to understand health. This isn’t a particularly hands on career, while there is horse contact, the majority of work is in research and testing.
What You Need
Nutritionists work in many different environments and with a variety of different types of people. They can be responsible for communication with owners, manufacturers, dealers and even farmers. Anyone in this position has to enjoy meeting new people and seeing new places. This is a position which benefits from an aptitude for math and computers, strong communication skills and an inquisitive nature.
A genuine love of biology, a problem solving nature and a love of the outdoors are strong characteristics in a good equine nutrition specialist.
Nutritionists work to get animals in the finest possible physical state through a series of foods and supplements designed specifically for each individual animal.
Handling a variety of animal ailments
Observation and assessment of each case
Development of feeding & supplementation schedule
Research & development of feeds & supplements
Understanding of nutrition requirements for different types of horse
Determining proper feeding & nutrition for healing animals
Utilize complicated computer to determine nutritional needs
Communication with different parts of the industry
Candidates must have graduated from high school and a college degree is beneficial. A business degree as well as nutritionist studies will both help in this profession. To acquire a research or product management position with a large company generally requires a masters or Ph.D. in nutrition.
A few places to start if you are interested in a career as a equine nutrition specialist.
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