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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

The Department of Veterinary Medicine offers an outstanding environment for world-class research that maintains a portfolio of excellence in veterinary science, fully integrated with the wider University of Cambridge. Our researchers are drawn from a breadth of disciplines, encompassing human and veterinary medicine, fundamental biology, translational research and mathematics. We strive to promote a culture that actively exploits new methodologies, developing expertise to address the priorities and ambitions of stakeholders in animal health, agriculture, public health, and veterinary medicine for the benefit of society.

Since 2014 our Unit has pursued a research strategy that builds on existing strengths and research priorities leading to a substantial growth in research activity, evidenced by increases in research income, industrial collaborations, new spinout companies, key appointments, and new investments in research infrastructure. A sustained effort and investment in targeted support has led to a substantial increase in research funding from £4.4M in 2014 to £6.34M in 2020 (exceeding £7M in 2019), with large awards in areas of international strategic importance from BBSRC, DfID, MRC, Innovate UK, Wellcome Trust, and industry. Our research laboratories, fully embedded within the outstanding core facilities of the University of Cambridge, provide the environment, equipment and support for world class research in disease and infection biology. This includes access to state of the art equipment and facilities across the University. We have extensive local, national and international collaborations including in Europe, USA, Africa and China.

An interdisciplinary, collaborative environment

The majority of researchers are housed in our Department’s buildings on the University’s West Cambridge Site – primarily a physical sciences and technology campus, offering opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaborations with Engineering, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Other researchers are based across the Schools of Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences and Clinical Medicine as part of intra-university collaborations and interdisciplinary research. Our researchers are supported in the development of external opportunities for interdisciplinary and comparative biomedical research, and are strongly encouraged to integrate with the excellent local research laboratories in cognate disciplines.