Reindeer Husbandry Entrepreneurship
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Vocational Qualification in Nature and Environment

If you have grown up in a reindeer herding environment and are interested in multi-disciplinary, variable outdoor work, studying reindeer husbandry is the path for you. The work is strenuous and usually performed under demanding weather conditions, but being with family and animals in an outdoor environment is rewarding. Learn about range management, business plans, hygienic meat cutting and the manufacture of value added products. Emphasis is placed on hands-on learning combining traditional knowledge, Sámi culture, and principles of applied science.


Reindeer Husbandry Entrepreneurship



3 years of full-time study


Jatkuva haku


Toivoniemi, Kaamanen


Contact-based Teaching


Students are required to be determined, hardworking, and reliable

Studies are conducted in the field, workplace, and on campus at Toivoniemi and Hopialampi. Teaching and on-the-job learning are organized in such a way that the student participates in the reindeer herding season during each school year. Organizing this requires the student to be determined and reliable.

The goal is that once you graduate from the Reindeer Husbandry 3-year program, you will have mastered the skills required to care year-round for your reindeer herd. You will also be knowledgeable and skilled to work in other outdoor professions in Natural Resources. Many students continue their studies developing a business plan unique to their own needs to support their family as a self-employed sole proprietor.

Versatile Study

Course work in the field consists of learning a wide range of practical off-road skills. Students will learn about nature, tools, materials, legislation, licensing, funding, and compensation systems. In addition to these core reindeer related studies, additional language and math classes are mandatory.

Most of the studies take place in the workplace with reindeer herding families. Students expand their knowledge learning from family members and herders from other reindeer herding cooperatives.

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