About The Open College of Equine Studies

Founded in 1988, The Open College of Equine Studies (TOCES) is a not-for-profits independent college offering an exciting range of equine distance and blended learning courses to students worldwide. Some courses can be studied by tutor supported e-learning 100% from home (distance learning) and some courses involve study week attendance to supplement the distance learning (blended learning).


Topics covered within the courses include:


  • Horse care and stable management
  • Equine anatomy and physiology
  • Equine yard management
  • Equine veterinary nursing
  • Equine science
  • Equine nutrition
  • Equine health
  • Equine physiotherapy
  • Equine biomechanics
  • Equine reproduction
  • Equine behaviour
  • and lots more!


Courses run from basic stage 1 level through to higher education level 6 and are open to students aged 14 upwards.


However long you have been involved with horses, whether you wish to study for your own pleasure, to complete British Horse Society examinations or to gain a professional academic qualification, we have a course for you.

TOCES is approved by:

  • The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
  • The Register for Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP)
  • The British Horse Society (BHS)
  • Lantra
  • City and Guilds (C & G)
  • Pearson (Edexcel – BTEC)
  • The Accreditation Committee for Veterinary Nurse Education (ACOVENE)


About The Open College of Equine Studies

In addition to catering for the complete newcomer to horses, we have specialist diplomas and equine higher education distance learning programmes.

TOCES is based in the heart of rural East Anglia near Newmarket, Suffolk. This location provides easy access to equine centres of excellence such as Rossdales Equine Hospital and The National Stud.

Course material is designed and reviewed by a team of qualified experts and is presented in a user-friendly distance learning format, in print and/or online. The friendly team at TOCES is dedicated to providing you with the best levels of advice and support; office and tutorial staff are available to assist you at all reasonable times via telephone and e-mail.

Whilst TOCES offers a greater range of courses, is highly professional and is associated with more world-renowned equine organisations than any other equine distance learning college, we are proud of our reputation of having a friendly and personal approach with our students.

Comprehensive range of courses + flexible delivery mode + full tutor and administrative support = a great learning experience.

We hope you choose to join us!


Veterinary Practices

TOCES is approved by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) to provide veterinary nursing training programmes leading to registration on the RCVS Register of Veterinary Nurses.  These courses are well established with proven success rates; TOCES has been commended by the RCVS for excellent results.

Our blended learning delivery mode meets the needs of busy practices and their teams

Expert Teaching Staff

TOCES’ teaching team consists of course advisors, lecturers and tutors, all of whom are expert industry professionals, with a wealth of knowledge in their field. Between them, members of the team hold a combination of PhDs, Master of Science degrees, Post-Graduate Certificates in Education, Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Science degrees, Veterinary Nursing diplomas and degrees and British Horse Society qualifications.