28 Apr 2021

Dhruvpal Anchan, MSci Equine Science student blog

“I feel inspired to create jobs that never existed in the industry.”

Hi, I’m Dhruvpal and I’m an international student from India. I’m in my second year of the MSci Equine Science degree and I love everything about Hartpury!

I previously studied my diploma here, and after three years working in the equine industry I decided to return and develop my scientific expertise.

I chose to study at Hartpury because of the rural setting, specialist equine facilities and the learning environment. The sense of community here, both academic and socially, is very special.

A typical day on my course

I usually have one or two lectures, followed by a seminar to discuss the topics learned in-depth, or a practical session to put the theory into practice, which is really important.

I find all of my modules fascinating, but for me, Equine Exercise Physiology stands out. We’re studying the anatomical and physiological aspects involved in a horse's performance as an athlete, as well as the effects of exercise and training.

I also enjoy learning about all aspects of the equine breeding industry in Applied Stud Management, and the locomotory element of horses in Equine Biomechanics.

Dynamic learning that stays with you

Practical sessions really bring my lectures to life. I’ve completed dissections to gain an understanding and appreciation for the horse's inner workings, and used the high-speed treadmill to monitor horses' heart rate in different gaits. This sort of dynamic learning stays with you longer. You can connect all of these components to the horses, which I find very enriching.

The learning environment is very up to date, based on current industry research and the course content is very thorough. The lecturers cover all aspects of your subject in each module. Then we go and carry out our own independent study, to build on this knowledge.

Volunteering is a learning curve

There are so many opportunities to gain experience on site. Whilst volunteering in the Equine Therapy Centre, I was able to lead horses on the high-speed treadmill and the aqua treadmill, and observe the progress of different horses. This was a great learning curve for me.

From volunteering at show jumping and dressage competitions, to demonstrations and clinics given by top trainers in the equine industry, there’s so much to get involved in. The most memorable so far is a demonstration by world-famous horse trainer Monty Roberts, when I got to meet him in person!

Inspired to create new jobs

I came back to university because I wanted to understand the science behind training methods, to improve welfare and performance. Now I’m nearly halfway through my course, I’ve realised that there are many other potential career pathways for me.

The learning environment at Hartpury is so nurturing, that you feel inspired to create jobs that never existed in the industry. I’m considering a research-based career and I feel my current course is definitely helping me achieve that.

We get lots of support with study skills and great materials to help us to prepare for lectures. My tutors always encourage me to talk about my progress and plans for the future.

Supported to settle in

The first time I arrived at Hartpury I was 16-years-old, starting college. This was challenging initially, but the sense of community at Hartpury helped me to settle in right away.

To international students coming to Hartpury I would say; get involved as much as you can. It’ll help you to come out of your shell and make friends.  The international team is there to support you throughout the whole process, from enrolling to settling in and all the time you’re here.

Communication during Covid-19

I've feel that I have been thoroughly supported throughout the pandemic. The communications provided by Hartpury have been regular and straightforward. Online lectures are interactive and engaging, and lecturers always offer 1-2-1 tutorials. I've also enjoyed the lab sessions, which are run in small groups in a covid-secure way.

Hear from Dhruvpal

Listen to our podcast with Dhruvpal, an international student from India, to hear what it’s like to study MSci Equine Science at Hartpury University. Dhruvpal left a career in dressage to progress his scientific understanding. Now he’s uncovering a range of potential career paths.

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