Equine Academic Program
Students interested in pursuing careers in the horse industry or
just improving their knowledge of horses can study equine science in the
Department of Animal Sciences. Under the auspices of the Animal
Industries-Equine Specialization major, students take all of the equine
didactic courses available (see below), courses in marketing, basic sciences
and animal science, and also sign up for “hands-on” credits through the
Equine Practicum, Research in Animal Science course and/or Cooperative
Education. A minor in Equine Science is also available to students majoring
in other disciplines.
Our courses tend to emphasize the science of horses—not only “how,” as in
many other equine curricula, but “why.” Thirty to sixty students are
involved in equine studies each semester at the School of Environmental and
Biological Sciences. Students interact
closely with their advisors and are given guidance in career decisions.
We have a Memorandum of Understanding with Delaware Valley College wherein
our students can take a semester of “how to” classes on topics such as
Equine Breeding, Management, Horse Training and Conditioning, Horse Show
Management, and Stable Management, to name but a few. These all tend to be
very hands-on courses due to the active breeding and horse show programs at
Delaware Valley College. Their students come to Rutgers for the “science” of
the industry and to get research experience.
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Equine Courses Offered at the School of Environmental and
County College and Rutgers University
A USDA grant enabled Gloucester County College (GCC) and Rutgers University
develop animal and equine science courses and activities for students at GCC
that would allow for an articulation between a new two year Equine Science
Associates program at GCC and the Equine Science minor at Rutgers. The
articulation agreement permits GCC students who successfully complete an
Associate in Science degree in Equine Science and are qualified for
admission to Rutgers to be able to seamlessly fit into the Animal Science
(major) Equine Science minor for a bachelor's degree. Courses taken at GCC
which were developed in consultation with appropriate Rutgers faculty insure
student transfer to the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological
Sciences curriculum to fulfill the basic first two year requirements for the
Animal Science, Equine Science option. The grant also allowed the purchase
of some teaching tools to be used by both institutions, including a
full-sized articulated equine skeleton.
Advanced Equine Health Care
The course is designed to take a systems-based approach to common medical
conditions and ailments affecting the horse. It is intended to reinforce the
foundations of anatomy and physiology while presenting clinical situations
observed in the horse. The course is recommended for the equine enthusiast
with a medical interest, managers/owners of equine facilities, and students
with a medical science interest.
Developing Future Leaders
for the Equine Industry
This short course is designed for individuals involved in the equine industry and agriculture-related business. Students will develop skills in a variety of areas including interpersonal communications, decision-making,
and conflict management.
The skills which students acquire can be used to improve and enhance involvement not only in equine industry but also community and governmental organizations.
Horse Management (ONLINE, exams on campus)
The course covers all aspects of horse management concerns from anatomy and
behavior to health, stable and fencing concerns. This course is offered to undergraduates for college credit, as well as non-tradition students pursuing continuing education. A high school diploma is required.
Call the Office of Continuing Professional Education at 732-932-9271 for information.
Equine Nutrition (ONLINE)
This is an in-depth look at the subject from gastrointestinal anatomy and
physiology to all aspects of feeds, pasture management, feeding behavior and
feeding horses at each stage of life. This course is also offered online for
either Continuing Education or College Credit.
A high school diploma is required. Call the Office of Continuing Professional
Education at 732-932-9271 for information.
Equine Exercise Physiology
This in-depth course emphasizes the unique aspect of the equine as an
athlete, and is offered for undergraduate and graduate credit.
Techniques in Equine Exercise Physiology
In Techniques in Equine Exercise Physiology (11:067:403) experiential
learning opportunities are supplemented with focused formal classroom
sessions that utilize a small group learning format and a Socratic style
exchange between students and the instructor. The primary goal of the course
is to use the studies conducted in the lab as a real time method to teach
about the scientific method, sound scientific practices, and the
physiological responses to exercise.
Topics in Equine Science
Scientific papers on “hot” topics in the equine industry are discussed.
Research in Animal Science
An independent study course in which students help the equine faculty with research
projects and learn scientific methods and techniques.
Students learn about and assist with the day-to-day care of the research horses at Rutgers.
Animal Handling, Fitting and Exhibition
Students get "hands-on" experience grooming and training yearlings for
in-hand exhibition on Ag Field Day and the annual
Young Horse Teaching and Research yearling auction.
Other courses that address equine topics:
Animal Science; Animal Reproduction; Animal Nutrition; Livestock
Production and Management; and Endocrinology.
Rutgers Equine Program – Questions and Answers
- What makes our program unique?
The Equine Program has a strong background in basic science, undergraduate
research experience, and exposure to the tremendous variety of horse
events and management systems available in New Jersey. Student advising is
a high priority. When first-year students declare the Animal Sciences
major, the Curriculum Coordinator then assigns an advisor in the major
based on option interest and academic strength. Eleven faculty serve as
- Does the equine academic program provide scholarships?
Scholarships are available to women who are New Jersey residents pursuing Equine Science
at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences from the
C. Murphy Endowed Scholarship in Equine Science. They are awarded to
full-time undergraduates based on academic merit, demonstrated interest in
equine science, and financial need. Up to six $1,000 scholarships will be
awarded each year, at least one to an incoming student, and they may be
renewed annually upon approval of the scholarship selection committee. For
Equine Science Center
57 U.S. Highway 1
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8554
Applications are due May 1 of each calendar year.
- What types of jobs in the horse industry do graduates hold?
Many go to veterinary school or graduate school; some obtain jobs in the equine industry
(feed or pharmaceutical companies, horse farms, media, etc.)
- Does the program emphasize a particular area of academics?
The emphasis is primarily on science, with special focus on nutrition,
behavior and exercise physiology.
- Does the program emphasize a particular theory or philosophy of riding
or does it try to give students experience in a variety of riding and
training styles and philosophies?
In our classes and independent studies, students are exposed to as wide a
variety of philosophies and theories as possible, from dressage to western
riding, high level performance horses and racehorses to backyard pleasure horses. We do
not have riding facilities and do not teach riding. We do have an
intercollegiate equestrian team which trains both for English and western
equitation. Its website is
http://www.wix.com/rutgers_equestrian/rutgers-equestrian-team. Our students also organize other clubs
including the Equine Science Club, Pre-Vet Club, Animal Science Club, and
Rutgers Mounted Patrol.
- Are there other opportunities for students pursuing equine science?
Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences is host to the region’s only Equine Science Center,
an interdisciplinary program of cutting-edge science based on practical
application of knowledge, and delivered to the people of the state through
various outreach programs.