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Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC)

posted Oct 7, 2015, 7:26 AM by Ken Carpenter
As you heard at the AHC’s Annual Convention in Washington D.C., the horse industry is always just one step from the calamity of a disease outbreak. Our industry is built on its ability to move horses easily for sales, breeding, racing, showing, events, work and recreation and an infectious disease outbreak has the potential to limit such movement through emergency action imposed by state, federal or international authorities to stop the spread of the disease.

Through the good efforts of many organizations and individuals, we have the opportunity to be more proactive in protecting our industry. Led by the American Horse Council, the American Association of Equine Practitioners and state and federal health authorities, the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) is ready to go. Funding will make it a reality and ensure the industry is better prepared for future outbreaks.

The Coalition of State Horse Councils decided at the AHC Annual Convention to pool donations from the various state councils to contribute to the EDCC. The Coalition’s annual meeting is quickly approaching and the time to act is now. By collaborating, even small donations of $100, $200 or $500 can help to make a big impact on disease control and in raising awareness of the Coalition and its interest in equine health.

The EDCC is now operating in a limited capacity. Please visit the website at to see the very real threats infectious disease imposes on the industry at large. With your contribution, the EDCC will be completed and staffed, allowing complete functionality. The EDCC’s completion will also provide your members access to a trustworthy source of news and information unlike anything available today regarding equine disease and outbreaks.

Many organizations and individuals have already contributed. All contributions are tax-deductible through the AAEP Foundation. The goal is to raise $100,000 per year to cover operating expenses for the first three years, allowing time for industry development of a sustainable plan to fund the operation. We encourage contributions of any size to be made for three years in order to put the EDCC on a good foundation. The Coalition’s collective donation has the potential to rank among the top of the organizations contributing. Not only would this show strong industry support for national horse health, but it would also showcase the critical importance of the State Horse Councils to cross-country industry issues.

I hope you will be able to attend the Coalition of State Horse Councils annual meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 30 and make a pledge on behalf of your Council. However, even if you are unable to join us in Minnesota, I hope you will contribute to the Coalition’s collective EDCC donation.

Jean Ligon
Ken Carpenter,
Oct 7, 2015, 7:26 AM