Veterinary Medicine & Science

If you want to contribute to the enhancement of animal (and indirectly human) health, our Veterinary Medicine and Sciences programmes are for you.

With a forward-thinking approach to veterinary education and strong links with the veterinary profession, and world-leading research laboratories, our courses will provide you with an outstanding educational experience and equip you to excel.

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What we're researching

A faster test to determine disease

The risk that animal pathogens such as avian and swine influenza, Salmonella and E. coli pose to human health is constantly in the news. It highlights the importance of understanding the links between animal and human health.

We’ve developed a rapid ‘pen-side’ test that can diagnose bacterial infections and their resistance to antibiotics in just 15 minutes. It will save time and money, improve patient care and help prevent the spread of infectious diseases in both veterinary and medical settings.

Studying the biology of strangles in horses

Strangles is one of the most important bacterial infectious diseases affecting horses. It can cause an upper respiratory infection that can spread to the lymph nodes. In some cases, it can be fatal.

Little is known about the different strains of bacteria that cause the infection. At present, there’s no effective vaccine.

We aim to understand the relationship between the genetic makeup of the different strains of bacteria that are implicated in strangles and the severity of disease. It’s a step towards finding a cure.

The power of probiotics to control E. coli

E. coli affects a significant number of domestic poultry every year. It causes welfare issues and has a considerable economic impact on the poultry industry.

Live ‘friendly’ bacteria known as probiotics have been found to offer some protection against E. coli infection.

We are researching the impact of probiotics on poultry E. coli, to find out if including probiotic supplements in poultry feed could reduce infection rates.

Stopping the spread of Salmonella

Some 10,000 cases of Salmonella-associated food poisoning are reported in the UK each year. 

We are taking a look at the emerging strains of Salmonella, using Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology and metabolic typing (Biolog) to determine if they utilise nutrients in a different way to the more common strains.

The work will provide vital clues about the nutrients that enable different strains of Salmonella to thrive in animals and humans. It may help inform the design of vaccines and animal diets that could help reduce the incidence of Salmonella infection.

Leaders in animal health research

Professor Lisa Roberts is a key figure in the fight against outbreaks of viral infections in humans and animals, as well as Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. Her research is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms of the virus life cycle, which could provide ingenious new ways to control infectious diseases for which vaccines or antiviral therapies do not exist.

View Professor Lisa Roberts's full profile.

Professor Roberto La Ragione is an expert in infectious diseases of animals as well as the Associate Dean for Veterinary Strategy within the new School of Veterinary Medicine. His research is focused on understanding how pathogens such as Salmonella, Brachyspira and E. coli interact with the host and cause diseases.  The ultimate objective of his research is to develop novel intervention strategies to control infectious diseases in animals and humans.

View Professor Roberto La Ragione's full profile.

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