Degree programs in Equine Studies are designed for effective training and career preparation. These programs fuse the art of horsemanship with the science and modern technologies involved in proper management. Initially, there are required courses common to all degrees which provide students with a strong foundation in general industry knowledge and trends, practical horse care and management, anatomy, treatment and prevention of illnesses and disease, record-keeping and legal issues. Equine Studies majors can choose to pursue the following degree programs based on their interest, experience and career goals while at Midway College.
Kimberly I. Tumlin, PhD was appointed as the Interim Equine Studies Chair following 8 years of exemplary service as a faculty member. At Midway College, Dr. Tumlin directed over 105 Undergraduate Research projects, has developed and instructed on topics regarding equine physiology, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, breeding selection and management, horse color genetics, equine business, evolution and breeds, scientific literature, experiential education with horses, teaching and leadership skills, farm business management, animal mentation, as well as equine rehabilitation and performance. Furthermore, Dr. Tumlin is an active contributor both locally, through assistance with student advising and outreach to the community, and nationally through presentation and publication of pedagogical and undergraduate research.
Dr. Tumlin has over 60 publications that consist of full articles in peer reviewed journals, international presentations, and trade journals. In addition to over 25 years of active equine industry experience in multiple riding and showing disciplines, Dr. Tumlin has a well-rounded perspective of industry science and business. She is recognized in Kentucky as an expert in equine massage and nationally for her teaching related research. She currently serves on the planning committee for the annual Conference in Applied Learning in Higher Education at Missouri-Western State University.
Prior to Midway College, Dr. Tumlin served as the one and only Chief Meat Scientist for a multi-national, multi-billion dollar company. As part of this position she designed, developed and directed muscle-foods laboratory and sensory research, and supported research activities performed by DuPont Polymers, Virginia Tech, Kansas State and Wisconsin State Universities.
Dr. Tumlin earned her PhD at University of Kentucky in Animal Sciences. While at Virginia Tech she earned both her Masters of Science in Food Sciences and Bachelor of Science in Animal and Poultry Sciences. “My role as a professor is to guide students and challenge their journey in this program,” says Dr. Tumlin. “I am honored to be a part of my students’ achievements. Fusion of fun, serious studying, thinking critically and passion for horses is essential in this program!”