THE Royal Agricultural University (RAU) has launched a new school that is dedicated to equipping students with the skills required to meet the growing demands of equine-related businesses.

The School of Equine Management and Science, will help students research specialisms in nutrition, genetics, health and welfare and further enhance the university's unique selling point of applied equine research.

Dr Meriel Moore-Colyer, first Dean of the new school said: “The formation of the new School of Equine Management and Science is an exciting new development at the RAU, giving us a clear identity and a platform from which provide our courses. Our International Equine and Agriculture Business Management degree is unique and ever-popular and we will be building on our portfolio of industry-related equine management courses in the near future.

“We have excellent links with all aspects of the equine industry and we hope to build on these to further enhance our courses giving students at the RAU an exceptional learning experience.”

Dr Moore-Colyer graduated with a BSc Honours degree in Agriculture in 1984 from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and went on to be a Lecturer in Animal Science at that University between 1989 and 2004.

She is a registered Animal Scientist with the Society of Biology and an active researcher, with a wide range of publications on equine nutrition and the health and welfare of the stabled horse.

Equine courses were first established at the university in 1992, after extensive consultations with the various areas of the equine industry.