horse care and welfare
Silverdale Farm Equine Internship Program
Course inclusions: Tuition, training, experience and networking with industry professionals in a real-world environment, leading to employment with potential of a life-long career in any sector of the horse industry.


TAFE NSW in conjunction with Silverdale Academy is offering an immersive Horse Industry short course that includes a five day on-site Internship. This program aims to provide participants with an understanding combined with related experience at Silverdale Farm.


Interns will have the opportunity to be involved in hands-on activities, coupled with knowledge and theory sessions across the program. The program is designed to introduce interns to the roles and responsibilities of a career working with horses. It provides insight into the horse industry as a whole, encompassing horse breeding, spelling and agistment, racing, horse care, health and welfare, safe handling practices and general farm duties.


Whilst studying at TAFE NSW and the Silverdale Academy, you can you earn a Nationally recognised Industry qualification. Your career will get the best start possible for a range of horse industry positions! The Internship program gives you a qualification that enables you to move into any sector of the horse industry with the opportunity to keep adding further qualifications –building credentials that are fit for Industry requirements.


Nationally Recognised Qualifications include:

• ACMEQU212 Handle horses safely

• ACMEQU217 Load and unload horses

• AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes

• ACMGAS202 Participate in workplace communications

WHERE:  Online / A week on-site

WHEN:  Applications open.

Online learning commences:  12 June 2023

Onsite experience commences: 24 July 2023

(Warwick Farm Race Track (ATC))

Online learning concludes: 31 August 2023

Online learning commences: 23 October 2023

Onsite experience commences: 4 December 2023

(Silverdale Farm, Sheepwash Rd, Avoca)

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  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Subsidised by the NSW Government



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work in the horse industry?

Australia’s thoroughbred racing and breeding industry is one of the country’s largest, employing over 75,000 people nationally and generating over $5 billion per year to the Federal economy.

Australia has become a world leader in this industry. Only second behind the US for horse population numbers, we have more racecourses than any other country in the world, and over 100,000 owners invested in racehorses. We breed and nurture champion athletes who compete and dominate not only here, but on the world stage.

It is said Australia was built on the back of a horse. This still rings true for the racing and breeding industry, which is abundant with opportunity. For over 200 years, participants have worked hard to continually build and evolve, proving the industry as a sustainable career choice. From working hands-on with the beautiful and majestic horses at various stages of their lives, to meeting great people and travelling the world, there is sure to be a role that suits you.

You may love the idea of working outdoors on a farm, alongside mares and their foals, or as a rider or educator of young yearlings. You may wish to become a vet, an equine nurse, a dentist or chiropractor. Perhaps accounting office administration or marketing is more your style.

Not only do our participants pride themselves on their experience and professionalism, but first and foremost is their utmost respect, appreciation and attention to the welfare of their animals.

At Silverdale, every horse receives individualised care to manage their nutrition, health and training. Safety and security are our top priorities.

Our world-class facilities are designed to safeguard breeding stock from
the moment of their arrival, including foaling down, handling, training and

In addition, our professional on-site staff are equipped to Intervene immediately during any emergency event, with two large equine hospitals within close proximity.

Our clients and partners receive regular reports and photos of their breeding stock. Using our advanced monitoring technology, owners receive access to live webcam feeds to monitor their horses in real time 24/7.

We welcome you on your journey to your new career!


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Silverdale ACADEMY Intern Program

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Linda Molloy
Equine Teacher, TAFE NSW
Silverdale Academy Internship Program Coordinator

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DURATION 6 weeks
WHERE Silverdale Farm, Sheepwash Road, Avoca
WHEN  Date to be confirmed in Term 1 2022
DELIVERY Combination delivery: online then on farm
CONTACT Linda Molloy
Equine Teacher, TAFE NSW
Silverdale Farm Internship Program Coordinator
M +61 400 377 811
  Applications must be received by 27th February 2022.