History

Photo of CEH dedication ceremony in 1973

Dedication ceremony at the opening of the Center for Equine Health in 1973.

The Center for Equine Health was established in 1973 in response to the need for research to improve the health of California's large horse population.  The center was originally commissioned by the horse racing industry to study the problems faced by performance horses and identify ways to protect them from catastrophic injuries.  The Center has become the administrative and academic umbrella under which most of the equine research is conducted in the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Since 1982, the Center for Equine Health has served as the USDA's California quarantine and treatment station for contagious equine metritis (CEM), a venereal disease in horses.  Newly imported mares and stallions are brought to our facility for a quarantine period, during which time they are tested for CEM to prevent the introduction of this potentially devastating disease into the U.S. horse population.

Dr. Claudia Sonder, DVM, is the current director and serves as the Center's link to the horse industry.