The Equine Science Center at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, will host the “Symposium on Legal, Business, and Insurance Issues Impacting the Equine Industry” on Oct. 10 at The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset, New Jersey.

This symposium will feature legal experts from the tri-state area who will speak on topics including:

  • Basic introduction of business formation for equine operators;
  • Liability avoidance from biosecurity issues to Stableman’s Lien Act; 
  • U.S. immigration law basics and recent updates;
  • Overview of workers compensation law for equine operations;
  • The importance of an equine accountant; and 
  • Basic insurance coverage for equine operations.

“This symposium is a must for all professional horse people, irrespective of discipline or industry interest,” said Karyn Malinowski, PhD, director of the Equine Science Center. “Thanks to our Rutgers University Board for Equine Advancement chair, Liz Durkin for putting together another terrific panel of speakers. Last year’s symposium and venue were fantastic. Those who missed out on the opportunity last year now have the chance to hear information critical to anyone already in or contemplating being in the horse business.”

Attendees will also have the opportunity to speak individually with panelists at the end of the day in break-out sessions.

Additionally, title sponsor Merial will provide a light breakfast, a sit-down lunch, and presentations on “The Importance of Managing your Sport Horse’s Pain” and “Care and Management of Ulcers in Horses” by Hoyt Cheramie, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, manager of Large Animal Services for Merial.

Registration for the symposium is $75. This registration fee includes the catered breakfast and lunch, as well as conference materials. Students with valid identification will receive a discounted rate of $50. Seating is limited and will only be guaranteed upon receipt of payment in the form of a check payable to the Rutgers University Equine Science Center.

The program brochure is available online. Registration is also available online

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