About Us

Mitigating the Spread of Infectious Disease

The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) is an industry-driven service which works to protect horses and the horse industry from the threat of infectious disease in North America. Our communication system is designed to seek and report real-time information about diseases and help prevent the spread of infectious disease. 

How it all got started.

2010: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approached the American Horse Council (AHC) to help prepare an industry response plan for disease outbreaks. The AHC working with the USDA initiated a draft of a National Equine Health Plan (NEHP). 

June 2011: A widespread herpesvirus (EHV-1), outbreak affects a well-attended cutting horse show in Ogden, Utah caused the neurologic form of the disease and revealed poor protocols to deal with a potentially fatal disease and its economic impact. Overall, 2,000 horses were potentially exposed with 90 testing positive and 242 exposed premises in 19 states with 17 cases confirmed in California alone. Of 520 registered shows and events that year in California 142 were canceled. Thirteen horses died or were euthanized with others having an incomplete recovery. During the outbreak the rumors via phone calls, Facebook and Twitter caused panic and shut down horse movement and events across the nation, although most were not threatened by the disease.

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) created a task force to work on the communication module and biosecurity aspects of the NEHP. Ultimately, recommending establishing the Equine Disease Communication Center. 

2013: State and federal animal health officials at the United States Animal Health Association recommended the formation of the EDCC and its use by the State and Federal Health Officials.

2014: The American Horse Council, AAEP, and USEF, initiate fundraising raising to support EDCC operations, website and call center. 

2015: The Equine Disease Communication Center website goes live. 

2022: The Equine Disease Communication Center has posted over 2,300 alerts on 5,036 reports of diseases.

Who We Are 

Nathaniel A. White                       
Position: EDCC Director 

Emily Nietrzeba, DVM, MPH
Position: Assistant Veterinarian


Leslie Barlow
Position: EDCC Communication Manager

Keith Kleine
Position: AAEP Director of Industry Relations