The Equine Rehabilitation and Physiology Center will serve as a learning laboratory for students as well as providing an important resource and training center for the equine racing industry in New York state and the Northeast.
The facility will be equipped to condition horses, provide physical therapy for injured horses, and to study and research methods to improve equine conditioning and training. In addition to the hyperbaric chamber, it will feature state-of-the-art equipment such as an aquaciser (underwater treadmill), therapy swimming pool, Eurociser (computer operated walker with variable speeds) and physiology lab. Stabling for horses is also planned.
The college will offer an Equine Rehabilitation concentration within its Equine Science bachelor degree and is developing a bachelor degree in Equine Science and Physiology.
"When we realized we could not afford the hyperbaric chamber, Senator Valesky stepped in," Morrisville State College President Ray Cross said. "Having this equipment will put our Center head and shoulders above others in the Northeast, and will draw more horses and their owners to Madison County."
Valesky announced the grants during visits to each college on Oct. 14, where he spoke to administrators, faculty and students about the importance of the industry in Upstate New York, specifically Madison County.