This report summarises the findings of the Second Havemeyer EHV-1 Workshop, which was held in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, USA in September 2008. A total of 38 delegates, consisting of veterinary clinicians and scientists from academia and industry participated in a series of sessions that focused on equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM). Each session consisted of a review, followed by short presentations on current research topics. The sessions included EHM epidemiology, in vivo and in vitro models for studying EHM, EHV-1 virulence determinants, real-time PCR diagnostics, antiviral medications and new vaccination technologies. The report summarises the key advances identified during and since the meeting. Citations are restricted to selected reviews and papers published since the workshop.