About us

The Equine Research Centre (ERC) exists to conduct research that will improve and promote the health and welfare of horses and the horse industry in South Africa.

ERC has 3 main focus areas :

· Equine Infectious Diseases

· Equine Sports Medicine

· Equine Health and Welfare

According to ERC Director, Professor Alan Guthrie, African horse sickness (AHS) takes up approximately 70% of his team’s time.

Excellent progress has been made on developing a new generation vaccine against AHS, and of RT-PCR tests that improve the sensitivity and specificity of detection of AHS virus.

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