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About the Irish Equine Centre

The Irish Equine Centre (IEC) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to protect the wellbeing of Ireland’s horse population. It serves the overall interest of the Irish equine industry by its unceasing vigilance in seeking to maintain Ireland's "low disease status" thereby ensuring that the Irish horse is seen as valuable asset by the international community.

The IEC provides laboratory services for the diagnosis, management and prevention of diseases of horses. Our diagnostic services are informed by scientific excellence which is created by advanced and multi-disciplinary research into existing and emerging diseases. In addition, the IEC is active in the education of other constituent groups in the equine world and maintains a strong dialogue with other research faculties and its international counterparts.

The IEC’s services are always available and an emergency service is provided outside normal hours. Our expert veterinary surgeons, scientists and laboratory technicians are always available to provide advice on specific cases and ensure the best clinical outcome is achieved.

The IEC has a clientele of over 600 veterinary practices throughout Ireland and overseas. It also works closely with the Irish Department of Food, Agriculture & the Marine and undertakes a surveillance and investigation function for emerging disease threats.

An extensive range of diagnostic services are provided and supported through five units:
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Pathology
  • Microbiology
  • Virology
  • Quality Assurance
The Weatherbys DNA Laboratory is also located at the Irish Equine Centre.