Equine flu, equine herpes virus, and Streptococcus equi are examples of pathogens that cause disease in horses worldwide. When these germs infect horses, animals mount an immune response to clear the bugs and win the battle against these infections.

However, the strength of an immune response and the success of clearing an infection are not equal for every animal.

Research in Immunology at the Animal Health Trust is focused on finding out and measuring the hallmarks of the immune response that is mounted after an infection in the horse.

We are trying to identify especially effective processes that are specifically involved in the clearance of these pathogens from animals, and how they could be exploited for the development of more effective vaccines that can provide long lasting immune protection.