Fall 2020 Updates

Certificate in Farrier Science program

KPU is excited to be launching its new Certificate in Farrier Science program.

This 30-week program teaches students the knowledge, skills and behaviours to work competently as qualified farriers.

The initial intake for this program will begin on October 26, 2020 and will finish on June 4, 2021. 

From October 26, 2020 to November 20, 2020, students will study online with the instructor from Monday to Thursday. Every Friday, students will be required to spend time researching, investigating, meeting and talking to farriers, veterinarians, farrier suppliers, and other stakeholders to start making and widening your industry connections.  This will allow you to start to build an e-portfolio which will include digital evidence of how you are reaching out, visiting and meeting farriers, veterinarians, animal care workers, suppliers, and others in order to expand your knowledge of the industry in which you will be working. 

Of course, in these times of social distancing during a pandemic, please arrange to have these conversations in a safe manner, using video, telephone and other electronic means wherever possible.

The online component of the program allows you to begin your studies while adhering to the physical distancing measures required to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.  These measures are in effect for all KPU programs at this time.

At this time, we plan to have you come to campus in November, when your focus will be hands-on learning in the Farrier Barn at KPU Tech in Cloverdale. During this portion of your program, you will be taught how to handle horses, trim hooves, forge and shape metal, make horseshoes and shoe horses.   

As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, KPU adheres to the advice of the Provincial Health Officer and we will follow all recommended procedures and precautions to ensure safety of all students and instructors.

We look forward to welcoming students into this exciting new program.