Britain’s Royal Agricultural University is setting up a School of Equine Management and Science.
The Gloucestershire-based university’s equine courses were first established in 1992, and have evolved over the years to help meet employer requirements.
Dr Meriel Moore-Colyer is the first dean of the new school dedicated to the field.
Moore-Colyer said the new school was an exciting development at the univeristy, giving it a clear identity and a platform from which to provide equine 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.
“The new school will provide a clear identity for our research specialisms in nutrition, genetics, health and welfare and further enhance our unique selling position in applied equine research.
“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.”
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 completed a PhD in Equine Digestive Physiology at the University of Edinburgh in 2000.
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.
In this respect she has developed and fostered many valuable links with a number of academic institutions involved with equine research and management.
She has worked with many British-based feed companies in product development and is committed to the application of both pure and applied equine research to the horse industry.
A keen horsewoman, Moore-Colyer has ridden at international level representing British Universities as a student and participated in hunting, eventing and dressage in Ireland and Britain.
She currently competes her home-bred Irish Draught horse in dressage at Small-Tour level.