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Equine Disease Communication Center

The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) works to protect horses and the horse industry from the threat of infectious diseases in North America. The communication system is designed to seek and report real time information about disease outbreaks similar to how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerts the human population about diseases in people. The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) works to protect horses and the horse industry from the threat of infectious diseases in North America.

American Association of Equine Practitioners

The AAEP is the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to equine veterinary medicine and is a leading medical authority on the health and welfare of the horse. From pleasure horses to elite equine athletes, the AAEP and its nearly 10,000 members work to raise the standard of horse health for all breeds and disciplines.

Master Equine Manager - Knowledge for All Horse Owners

MEM Logo The Master Equine Manager program originally started as a county activity but as the internet developed it was redesigned to accommodate people’s busy schedule's. You can sign up anytime as well as take the lessons anytime. The goal is to provide horse owners and enthusiasts with a comprehensive education program that teaches the science of horse management. The course consists of four modules with 2 or 3 lessons within each module. They are listed below along with registration fees. For each lesson there are videos, articles, discussion of the topic, links to related videos and/or articles and activities. Examples of activities include drag and drop, crossword puzzle, matching topic to questions and many more. I also included what is covered within the lessons and the objectives for each lesson.

Each lesson has a quiz associated with the subject. The quiz is multiple choice or true/false. You are required to pass the quiz with an 80% or better. You have multiple opportunities to pass the quiz. Once you have completed all of the lessons you will receive a certificate, name badge, opportunity to purchase clothes with the logo on the clothing, added to a network of others who have completed the program, thorough access to a vast source of resources within the lessons. Business owners can use the certificate to help promote their program. This summer the next program Master Equine Professional will be released. Individuals will need to have completed the MEM program to participate in the 2nd program.

Depending on your location, an optional Master Equine Manager hands-on supplemental course is offered at select locations including Iowa State University, Ames, IA; Waterloo, IA, the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE. One goal of ours is to develop the opportunity for business owners or schools to hold an optional program.

More information is available on the Master Equine Manager website, To purchase the online learning modules, click here!

Master Equine Manager e-Modules and Registration Fee

Welfare of Horses


Adult (19 & Over)

High School Students
  • Understanding Horse Behavior
  • Equine Quality Assurance


  • Facilities and Equipment




Horse Nutrition


$90 $50
  • Forages for Horses
  • Feeds and Feeding



Horse Health


$90 $50
  • Equine Emergency Treatment


  • Diseases and Parasites




Selection of Horses


$90 $50
  • Conformation and Evaluation
  • Unsoundness’s & Blemishes



Purchase All Four


$310 $150

Optional Workshop



  • New Master Equine Manager’s - Included after completion of 2 modules
  • Former Master Equine Manager’s
$40 $40

Horse Racing Industry In Iowa Is Stronger Than Ever Before

The horse industry in Iowa is growing faster than ever before. From activities surrounding horse breeding, showing, racing, housing, training, riding and care, it employs more than 2,100 people and accounts for millions in revenue each year. The economic impact from horse breeding and owning is doing much to support our state’s ag-centric economy, and we need you to play an important part in making this message heard.

Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center | Iowa State University

Iowa State University has been a leader in veterinary medical education throughout its history. It holds the distinction of organizing our country's first public veterinary college. Since its founding in 1879, the College of Veterinary Medicine has evolved into a major teaching, research and service center for the state of Iowa and beyond. 
 The depth of expertise found in Iowa State's Veterinary Medical Center is not found anywhere else in the state.

Dr. Peggy A M. Auwerda

Peggy M. Auwerda
Associate Professor
Equine Extension and Outreach Specialist
Area of Expertise: 

Increase Hay Intake for Winter

Cold temperatures combined with wet, snowy and windy conditions increase the feed requirements necessary to maintain the body condition in horses. Extra calories are necessary to meet the energy requirements necessary for keeping warm. The best way to meet the increased energy requirements if feeding more good quality hay

Iowa State University Equine Teaching Program

The Equine Science program is within the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University. Equine Science emphasizes management issues related to the care of a horse. Students have the opportunity to be involved with horses from conception to sale. Student learn the science of breeding mares, foaling out mares and preparing the yearlings for sale. The senior capstone course teaches the business of horses as well as nutritional management of a herd.