This option offers specialized courses on the care, management, breeding, and health of horses. Our goal is to provide students with the mix of science, business and personal skills to succeed with careers in the equine industry. The Hardacre equine facility is 1 mile from campus, and provides many opportunities to apply the skills learned in the Equine Science classes. The world-famous Morgan Horse Farm is part of the department and offers opportunities for internships, study, and research. Students may also enroll for credit in summer equine courses at The Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy, New York, which is about an hour drive from campus.
The educational mission of the Equine Science focus area is to provide students with a broad-based curriculum with a solid science background. Specialized courses are offered on the care, management, breeding, training, and health of horses. Students with an Equine focus area can specialize in either a teaching/training track or a management track. Equine courses include Equine Reproduction and Management, Horse Health and Disease, Intro to Equine Science, Equine Instructing Techniques, Equine Training Techniques, Special Problems in Equine Studies, Equine Enterprise Management, Equine Industry Issues, and Equine Internships are also available. Additional courses in Animal Nutrition, Animal Anatomy and Physiology and Animal Genetics and Breeding are offered within the Department. The flexibility of an Animal and Veterinary Sciences program allows majors the opportunity to take courses in other colleges of the University that helps support their individualized equine interests, such as photography, journalism, computer science, art, and business. It is also possible for students to take the Equine Option and go on to Veterinary School or Graduate School.