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Horse Care Team

The Horse Care Team is a volunteer, student run organization that cares for horses at the Motherhouse barn adjacent to the College. The primary responsibility of the Horse Care Team is to provide consistent, excellent care to the horses. Secondary responsibilities include the maintenance of the medical record, the barn and classroom facilities and maintaining regular communication with other Team members via an e-mail list. Students with leadership skills may be interested in serving as the Team Captain who works directly with Dr. Bassert to prepare the monthly shift schedule, arrange delivery of supplies and assist in providing instruction in equine husbandry to new Team members .


Students do not need prior experience working with horses. Individual and group training sessions with a Team leader will prepare new students for work in the barn. A completed Green Verification form must be present in the student’s file in the Veterinary Technology Office before the student is permitted to work with horses. Team leaders will confirm that this documentation is complete. All of the equine clinical procedures videos associated with VT105 must be viewed to completion by each Team member during the training process. These videos are on reserve in the library and may be viewed in the media room. In addition, students must read and verify having read the Horse Care Team Handbook, which is a comprehensive document that supports the Team in carrying out its duties. The last signature page of the Handbook should be completed signed and given to the Program Director.


The Horse Care Team is a volunteer organization. However, some students may be compensated for work in the barn via the work-study financial aid program. New students, coming onto the Team for the first time, should check with Financial Aid personnel to see if they qualify for work study compensation.

Specific Duties:

Specific Duties of Horse Care Team members include the following:

  1. Provide clean water to the horses twice daily
  2. Provide fresh hay and feed twice daily
  3. Administer medication as directed
  4. Groom the horses daily
  5. Muck the stalls daily
  6. Sweep the aisles twice daily
  7. Muck out the under-barn daily
  8. Drop hay and bedding weekly*
  9. Remove cobwebs from stall areas and neighboring regions weekly*
  10. Unpack deliveries and maintain order on the shelves in the storage area weekly.*
  11. Wipe down the counters and sweep the floor in the VT backroom weekly*
  12. Empty the trash in the VT backroom weekly*
  13. Participate in a clean up day, which includes stripping the stalls and cleaning the VT classroom and backroom once or twice yearly (see below).
  14. Complete maintenance request forms and “Horse Care Team Communication” forms as needed.
  15. Complete daily task check list and progress notes in the medical records.
  16. Find replacement worker, as needed, to cover a shift that the Team member cannot fill due to illness or some other critical reason for the absence.
  17. Assists with emergencies when ever possible.
  18. Be familiar with common emergency situations, the location of the emergency kit and how to use it.
  19. Help to transport ordered supplies from the VT Office to the Barn.
  20. Maintain availability via e-mail (and a cell phone optimally) as much as possible.
  21. Check e-mail daily for communication with Team members, Team Captain and Program Director.

*Specific weekly duties will be assigned to individual Team members.