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NMIT Equine Studies student wins internship at Colorado State University

09 Aug 2011

Heather Newnham always loved horses but never imagined she'd find a career working with them. Now she is getting ready to begin an internship at the Colorado State University Equine Reproduction Lab.

The NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) Bachelor of Equine Studies student (Epping campus) beat fierce competition to win the 12 month Equine Breeding Farm Internship, an amazing opportunity which promises to be not only work experience but a valuable life experience.

Her work will involve the reproductive management of stallions and mares, including artificial insemination, embryo transfer and caring for mares and foals before and after birth. The internship includes a salary and accommodation and begins in January 2012.

Heather heard about the internship while on a study trip to the United States in 2010 funded by a $12,000 award from NMIT's Study Grants Program (sponsored by Iskander Racing and Breeding). She attended the Kentucky World Equestrian Games and completed a short course in Advanced Equine Reproduction at Colorado State University.

“I actually got kicked by a horse and ended up in hospital for three days,” she says about her time in America. “It was quite scary, because I'd only been in the country two weeks.”

Colorado State University had never taken an overseas student for the internship before, but Heather took a chance and applied anyway. After a phone interview she was informed she had been successful.

The 21 year old from Rosanna is very excited about the internship, having discovered a passion for equine reproduction. She is investigating further study in Veterinary Science and possible careers in the field.

Growing up in the suburbs, Heather never owned a horse and didn't take up riding until high school. But after several part time jobs in the industry, a Bachelor of Equine Studies at NMIT and the opportunity offered by the internship, she looks set to establish a career in the industry.

She believes the internship will be an amazing experience. “I will be a lot more confident about working in the equine reproduction field,” she says.

Information for Equine careers at August 18 Super Thursday

The first step to a career path like Heather's could be a visit to one of NMIT's Super Thursday information days - they're like open days but happen every month at all of NMIT's campuses. The next one is on August 18 with information sessions, demonstrations, tours and teaching staff available to answer questions about all of NMIT's courses. For people considering a career in the horse industry there will be a great information session at the Epping campus on Equine Studies at NMIT plus a tour of our Eden Park Horse Stud and training centre. For more details go to .


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