Recognizing the need for research into equine health, reproduction, performance and disease, the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine established the CEH in 1973. The CEH is the administrative and academic umbrella under which most of the horse research is performed in the School of Veterinary Medicine. It is also a physical facility where a herd of approximately 200 horses is maintained.
Dedication ceremony at the opening of the Center
for Equine Health in 1973.
Since 1982, the CEH has served as the USDA's West Coast quarantine and treatment station for contagious equine metritis (CEM). Newly imported mares and stallions come to the CEH for a quarantine period, during which time they are tested for CEM to prevent the introduction of this potentially devastating venereal disease into the U.S. horse population. At any given time, up to 50 quarantine horses also reside temporarily at the CEH.
Dr. Claudia Sonder is the current director and serves as the Center's link to the horse industry.