Carey Williams, associate director of extension at the Equine Science Center and associate professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at Rutgers, received the 2015 American Society of Animal Science and Equine Science Society’s (ASAS-ESS) Equine Science Award. She was honored at the society’s annual meeting in Orlando, FL, in July.
Williams’ primary responsibility is to provide statewide leadership in three main areas: equine nutrition, pasture management and overall horse management. Creating programs that have focused on pasture management for horse farms and creating best management practices leading to healthier animals and a more sustainable environment, these project areas have drawn industry partners including professionals, volunteers and youth. Williams was principal investigator on a successful grant titled “Sustainable Pasture Management for Horses,” the first to be awarded to an equine project from the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension (NE-SARE) a program of USDA CSREES, now USDA NIFA – National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The program emphasis led to improved pasture quality and water-soil conditions on horse farms meeting the mission of the SARE organization for sustainable projects.
Following the research completed for this grant, Williams became the team leader for a large multidisciplinary project titled “Creation of an Environmental Best Management Practices Showcase at the Equine Science Center.” The team addressed environmental issues of importance to New Jersey’s horse industry stakeholders, creating a state-of-the-art equine Best Management Practice showcase at the Equine Science Center’s facility on the Ryders Lane Farm at Rutgers.
Her other research focus lies in the field of equine nutrition and exercise physiology, specifically antioxidant supplementation for equine athletes and how various products can help decrease the stress and inflammation resulting from exercise. The results of William’s antioxidant work has been recognized nationally and internationally in the nutrition and veterinary fields reflected by the number of invitations she has received to lecture on the topic.
Williams is an alumna of Colorado State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Equine Science. She earned a master’s and doctorate degree in Animal and Poultry Sciences at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She joined Rutgers in 2003.
The ASAS-ESS Equine Science Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the areas of extension, research, teaching or agribusiness in the equine industry. The American Society of Animal Science is a professional organization that serves more than 5,000 animal scientists and producers around the world.