The issue also provides updates on the strategy for the fight against foot and mouth disease and the risks of the virus’s transmission through international trade in live animals. In addition, animal diseases such as African horse sickness and swine fever are reviewed from an active surveillance standpoint. It also analyses how certain horse diseases are diagnosed in the laboratory. Further topics covered in this issue include how veterinary medicine is taught and concerns related to food safety, as well as the relationship between climate change and anthrax.