The international equine infectious disease conference is held every four years and brings together researchers, veterinarians and scientists from all around the world to discuss the latest developments in infectious diseases of horses.

This is an important conference for those of us who work in this field, as it is the only conference focused on the horse and the infectious diseases that affect horses. Infectious diseases cause serious health and welfare problems for horses across the globe. Horses and other equids are still used widely in developing countries for transport of people and goods, while the use of horses in sport in developed countries has seen a huge increase in the number of horses that are transported around the world for competitions. Both of these situations have their own unique infectious disease problems, and these will be addressed in the sessions on working equids and international horse movement at IEIDC 2021. 

The IEIDC brings people from all infectious disease disciplines; parasitology, bacteriology, virology, as well as immunologists and other experts in horse health together to share our knowledge, and to build better collaborative relationships to address the infectious disease problems that affect the wellbeing of horses around the world. 

It is the quality and diversity of the science that makes this conference so attractive to delegates. The high quality of the scientific programme at our last two conferences in Lexington and Buenos Aires has been the reason that so many delegates attend. However, the thing I like best about this conference is meeting new people who share my passion for horses and infectious diseases and having the opportunity to spend time with old friends, some of whom I met at my first IEIDC in 1998 when I attended as a PhD student. While 2021 will be on-line, I still hope to catch up with old friends and make new ones. 

Thank you for your support and your interest in horse health and infectious diseases. 

I look forward to seeing you in on-line in September 2021.

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President IEIDC