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Equine Science Center

New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey


"Better Horse Care Through Research and Education"


The Equine Science Center is an approved unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.


Mission Statement:  The Rutgers Equine Science Center is dedicated to better horse care through research and education to advance the well-being and performance of horses and the equine industry.


Vision Statement:    The Rutgers Equine Science Center is recognized locally and globally as the primary resource for everything equine.  We accomplish this through:

  • Educating students, stakeholders, and the public
  • Training advocates for equine and other agriculturally-based industries
  • Finding solutions through science-based inquiry
  • Exploring the relationship between horses and humans


Karyn Malinowski, Ph.D., was appointed director in July 2001. Dr. Malinowski has been a faculty member at Cook College (now known as the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences) since 1978. Her research and extension programs concentrate on improving the well being and quality of life of the equine athlete while ensuring the vitality and viability of the equine industry, both statewide and nationally. She has received numerous awards for her work including the Governor's Trophy for Horseperson of the Year in 2009, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rutgers University Graduate School in 2007, a leadership award from the American Youth Horse Council, as well as the American Horse Council’s Van Ness Award in 2001. She was named Outstanding Equine Educator by the Equine Nutrition and Physiology Society, also in 2001. Dr. Malinowski held the position of Director of Rutgers Cooperative Extension from 2002 - 2008.


In 1978, Cook College established an equine science program as part of its Department of Animal Sciences, with a focus of conducting research in the areas of exercise physiology; aging, growth and development; and nutrition. Students at Rutgers University can minor in equine science and be fully prepared to enter the equine profession upon graduation. Horse enthusiasts and industry professionals benefit from the program’s research that is delivered to them through the successful outreach component.

Equine Science Center Program Focus Areas:

  • Equine Health and Well-Being
  • Land Use Policy and Management
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Integrity of Equestrian Sport
  • Economic Growth and Industry Sustainability

Equine Science Center Facilities:

Located on the G. H. Cook campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the Equine Science Center is recognized for its excellent exercise physiology facilities and its efficient farm set-up that is capable of handling more than 60 horses at the same time. A new complex called the Ryders Lane Facility is growing to become the national showcase for environmental best management practices for equine operations. The public can avail itself of these resources and learn more about ensuring the well being, longevity, performance and advancement of horses through our website. They will have instant and ongoing access to the best thinking and best practices of the equine world.

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