Students at the Middleburg AREC

The Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech are proud to offer an innovative, unique learning opportunity for undergraduate students of equine science. The program is based at Virginia Tech’s Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension (MARE) Center, a 420-acre facility in the heart of Northern Virginia’s hunt country and new home to Virginia Tech’s internationally-regarded sporthorse breeding program.

The Equine Studies Program at Middleburg will allow students to actively participate in all aspects of a large-scale breeding, show, sales and research facility while simultaneously engaging in a full semester of coursework. This is an immersive learning environment designed for those students who are sincere in their desire for upper-level employment in the horse industry, academia or the veterinary or biological sciences. This novel program provides substantive and authentic experiences which are truly transformative and integrate fully with traditional classroom instruction, resulting in the ultimate capstone experience.