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Supporting Equine Research, Education, and Outreach
The Rutgers Equine Science Center is at the forefront in critical areas of need-based research, teaching, and outreach. The mission of the Equine Science Center is better horse care through research and education. The Center is recognized throughout New Jersey, nationally, and internationally for its achievements.
Impact of the Rutgers Equine Science Center
The Center’s work involving the preservation of the horse industry is reflected in its encouragement and support of undergraduate and graduate students who come to Rutgers to pursue equine studies. Currently, declared majors in Animal Sciences represent 10 percent of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences’ undergraduates.
Our equine exercise physiology laboratory is recognized as one of the foremost in the country. It features the only fully equipped treadmill facility in the state, which is invaluable in the study of thermo-regulation, performance stress, nutrient utilization, inflammation and other effects of exercise; as well as being the key tool utilized when collaborating with pharmaceutical company partners in testing the pharmacokinetics of agents for human and animal health.
Past Research Projects:
Care and management of aging horses
Pasture care and maintenance
Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies (EAAT) on the well-being of horses and humans
Equine Science 4 Kids:
Debuting in 2010, Equine Science 4 Kids (ES4K) has been developed to get kids interested in science. While specifically focusing on equine science, we aim to encourage kids to get involved in the Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) fields. STEM education plays a crucial role in early childhood exploration and critical thinking. By developing hands-on, science based, activities and demonstrations, kids are able to better understand the science behind research taking place at the Center.
Equine Science 4 Kids includes an online resource called the "Kids Corner." This portal allows kids to access science-based games, blogs, and information from any electronic device. Other resources include information about the 4-H Horse Program, which is a way for kids to get involved in with horses in their local communities.
In 2001 the Rutgers Equine Science Center set a course to become the first-call resource for equine health and management in the United States and internationally. It has developed a team geared to deliver excellent science, applicable to both animal and human health. It aims to provide scientific data to inform sensible policy linking a viable horse industry with the preservation of open space and farmland – an issue that affects virtually all New Jerseyans.
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