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.
Find out more about the School of Veterinary Medicine.
We want to change the world by shaping how vets, doctors and scientists work together in the future.
Our world-class academic staff and dynamic partnerships with prominent research institutions and state-of-the-art veterinary surgeries drive our research agenda.
Our Veterinary Medicine and Science programme will have a strong focus on research and veterinary pathology, areas where there is strong demand for, and a shortage of, veterinary experts.
Our major research strengths include:
Foodborne diseases are a major global public health threat. Academics from the University of Surrey’s School of Veterinary Medicine are working with colleagues from universities in America and Brazil to understand the spread of antibiotic resistance in bacterial foodborne pathogens. The project aims to develop better mechanisms for monitoring and controlling resistance to antibiotics used in livestock.
At Surrey, research will focus on identifying the specific genes that are associated with antibiotic resistance and how the genes influence the pathogen’s behaviour in different environments. These studies will inform on the ability of foodborne pathogens to cause diseases in animals and humans and thus help us to develop control strategies.
Professor Roberto La Ragione, Associate Dean for Veterinary Strategy, said: “This project will allow us to understand how mobile genetic elements contribute to the emergence of highly virulent and antibiotic resistant strains of common foodborne pathogens. A greater understanding of the genetic makeup of these important pathogens will enable us to develop more pragmatic control strategies in the future.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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The Chief Medical Officer, Surrey Honorary Graduate Dame Sally Davies, and the Chief Veterinary Officer, Nigel Gibbens have highlighted Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) as a priority area. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) have also stated that without urgent, coordinated action, the world is heading towards a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections of animals and humans may not be treatable. However, there are novel alternatives to antibiotics for animals and humans.
The University will be hosting a two-day conference for the veterinary profession on 5th and 6th September this year - an exciting, new, professional development event for companion animal vets, vet nurses and associated professionals, called the VET Festival.
Professor Gail Anderson, Head of Veterinary Education & Veterinary Clinical Sciences has been awarded the status of ‘Principal Fellow’ of the Higher Education Academy.
A new study, published today in the journal PloS Neglected Tropical Diseases, has given new insights into the spread of rabies in the Middle East, showing that the deadly disease regularly moves between countries in the region.
Explore Surrey's pioneering new School of Veterinary Medicine buildings, due to open in autumn 2015.
Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, one of the founding partners of the University of Surrey’s new School of Veterinary Medicine, stars in The Supervet on Channel 4.
93 per cent of Surrey’s biosciences, health and veterinary research has been rated world-leading or internationally excellent by the latest UK Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
Rory describes why he chose to come to Surrey and his first few weeks as a Veterinary Medicine & Science student.
Professor Fitzpatrick, Professor of Veterinary Orthopaedics at the University of Surrey School of Veterinary Medicine appeared in a special festive episode of The Supervet.
Dr Clare Rusbridge, Reader in Veterinary Neurology at the University of Surrey and Chief of Neurology at Fitzpatrick Referrals, has been awarded "best original paper" by the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA).
New finding could lead to a better understanding of multiple sclerosis - a neurological condition which affects around 100,000 people in the UK - and new treatments against neurodegenerative diseases.
Chloe, who is in the first year of our new Veterinary Medicine & Science degree, explains why she chose to study at Surrey.
To mark Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18 November, Professor Roberto La Ragione, Head of the Department of Pathology and Infectious Diseases at the School of Veterinary Medicine, explains why antibiotic resistance is a growing problem and how Surrey researchers are working to solve it.
A second four-part series of The Supervet featuring Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, one of the founding partners of the University of Surrey’s new School of Veterinary Medicine, was broadcast on Channel 4 in autumn 2014.
Vet School researchers are set to create a laboratory model of the horse’s hindgut in a bid to discover new ways of preventing disease and maintaining health through dietary intervention.
View the latest pictures of the University of Surrey’s new School of Veterinary Medicine buildings, due to open in late summer 2015.
48 students from across the UK and Europe have made history by becoming the first to embark on the new Veterinary Medicine & Science degree offered by the University of Surrey’s School of Veterinary Medicine – the UK’s newest vet school.
Surrey’s programmes in the field of animal science have been named fourth best in the UK in The Times/The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015.
Vet students of the future met Professor Noel Fitzpatrick and discovered how to become a super vet at Surrey’s School of Veterinary Medicine Open Days.
Top five reasons to join our School of Veterinary Medicine.
View the latest pictures of the construction of Surrey’s pioneering £45m School of Veterinary Medicine.
Research led by School of Veterinary Medicine academic casts doubts on the long-held view that animals always lose neurons - nerve cells that transmit information through the body - as they age.
Professor Chris Proudman, Head of the School of Veterinary Medicine, explains how contaminated feed could be blamed for the racehorse’s positive drugs test.
Surrey researchers use technology and techniques developed to improve human health to help dogs with paralysis and other neurological problems.
View the latest pictures of the construction of Surrey’s pioneering £45m School of Veterinary Medicine
Vet School celebrates Open Day success.
Study uncovers potential gene that could be key to understanding the development of canine Chiari malformation - an inherited condition that causes dogs to have brains that are too big for their skulls.
Alex Cook and Dr Clare Rusbridge, from the School of Veterinary Medicine, share their research passions.
Chris Proudman swapped Surrey for the racecourse at Aintree, where he was part of the team overseeing the health and welfare of horses competing in the world's most famous steeplechase.
View the latest pictures of the construction of Surrey’s pioneering £45m School of Veterinary Medicine.
International study uncovers vital information about Chiari malformation – an unintended side effect of selective breeding that causes dogs to have brains that are too big for their skulls.
Collaboration between the University of Surrey and the University of California @ Irvine (UCI) leads to research breakthrough.
The University of Surrey has appointed leading construction company BAM to build its new £45m School of Veterinary Medicine.
A collaborative project between academics in the UK and India aims to develop a revolutionary new control strategy for bovine tuberculosis, with global benefits for human and animal health.
Plans to create a world-leading centre for veterinary education and research at the University of Surrey have been given the green light by Guildford Borough Council.
Johnjoe McFadden, Professor of Molecular Genetics, will lead on work to boost the global impact of Surrey's world class research, enterprise and teaching.
Our Vet School partners talk about our new School of Veterinary Medicine and why visiting us on an Open Day will help you discover whether Surrey’s right for you.
£200,000 investment will enhance Surrey’s world-leading research.
Derk-Jan Dijk, Professor of Sleep and Physiology and Director of the Surrey Sleep Research Centre, named Associate Dean (research) for the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.
From the impact of vitamin intake to the benefits of computational biology, the Festival of Research showcased the breadth of pioneering work being undertaken in our Faculty of Health of Medical Sciences.
Professor Gail Anderson to swap the sunny shores of St Kitts for Surrey.
Talk by Bionic Vet draws crowds to Surrey stand.
Professor Christopher Proudman joins us at Surrey in September.
Academics from the University of Surrey are working with colleagues from universities in America and Brazil to understand the spread of antibiotic resistance in bacterial foodborne pathogens.
The University of Surrey has secured £4.9 million of funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for a new veterinary Clinical Skills Centre.
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