Welcome to the IEIDC 2021, which will remain active and accessible until September 2022. If you haven’t already registered for the conference, it is not too late to do so. Registering will give you access to all presentations, and recordings of all discussions and Q&A sessions. Furthermore, our virtual meeting platform offers great opportunities for online discussion and interaction with speakers and other attendees. Last but not least, you can visit our fabulous sponsors in their virtual booths on the platform.

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.

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. During the virtual IEIDC 2021, I am certainly enjoying catching up with old friends and making new ones.

Thank you for your support and your interest in horse health and infectious diseases. I hope you enjoy the IEIDC 2021, and we can now begin to look forward to seeing each other in-person in Deauville, France in less than three years!

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President IEIDC