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Equine Nutrition

Semester Course for Continuing Education Students

Available Online or On-Campus!

Course Code: AA0303CA17

Rutgers Equine Nutrition Class

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Last Held: January 19 - May 4, 2017
Monday & Thursday afternoons: 12:30pm - 1:55pm

*This course can also be taken online.*

Next offering TBD. Registration will open when course dates are confirmed.


Good nutrition is an essential part of maintaining a strong healthy horse.  Due to the importance of this topic, the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences - Department of Animal Science offers a full semester undergraduate course on Equine Nutrition, which is open to continuing education students.  

The course provides in-depth information on the function and peculiarities of equine gastrointestinal physiology and the importance of the nutrients that are essential for equine well-being.  Common feeds and supplements used to provide these nutrients are discussed in addition to how to read and interpret commercial feed labels and balance rations, using feed analyses and computer programs.  You will learn how to recognize and prevent feed related illnesses and how to meet the special needs of horses that are ill or geriatric.  Practical approaches to feeding the various classes of horses, such as broodmares, stallions, foals and performance horses, in addition to feeding systems including pasture management are presented in the last segments of the course.  Several optional "wet labs" and field trips are offered during the semester.  

To assist continuing education students who might not be able to regularly travel to New Brunswick, the course has been designed so it may be taken "on-line," with no attendance requirements. As an on-line student, you will have access to all lecture and supplemental information provided to the in-class attendees. There will be two weekly "live chat" sessions with the professor to discuss the assigned topics. You will also have the ability to participate in field trips and demonstrations – and even the classroom portion of the course – as your schedule permits. If you wish to be able to access the on-line course, you must provide an e-mail address at the time of registration so we can enter you into Rutgers' "E-classroom" system.

Who Should Attend?
This 14-week program is an undergraduate course that is offered on a noncredit basis to horse owners, trainers, feed sales representatives or anyone interested in the topic. If you register as a continuing education student, you will receive continuing education units (3.6 CEUs) rather than undergraduate college credits. Please note that a high school diploma is required and a background in biology and physiology is useful, but not required.

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Registration Fee TBD  
Multi-Person Registration Fee TBD  
Cancellation Fee TBD  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


No meals will be provided at this course.


GPS systems may not recognize campus addresses. Even if they take you to the correct building, they will not take you to the assigned parking lot. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

On Campus:
Cook-Douglass Lecture Hall
3 College Farm Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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Access the course from any computer or device with high speed internet access

Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat or materials for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.


Sorry, registration is not currently available for this course.

Would you like to be notified when the next offering is scheduled? 
Here are 3 convenient ways to be added to our mailing list:
1. Click here to join our mailing list (please reference "Equine Nutrition" or Course Code AA0303) 
2. Call us at 848-932-9271, select option 3
3. E-mail us at ocpe@njaes.rutgers.edu

Program Questions? Contact Us!

Assistant Director: Carol Broccoli, 848-932-7207
Administrative Assistant: Claudine Oleskin, 848-932-7204

Attention U.S. Veterans

All of the courses offered by the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education are approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for educational benefits through the GI Bill. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.