Veterinary Pathology MPhil/PhD

Major code: VPMR (MPhil), VPPR (PhD)


Overview

Veterinary Pathology is the study of disease in non-human species and includes both naturally occurring disease and the experimental study of both human and non-human diseases using animal models. Understanding of the pathogenesis of both infectious and non-infectious diseases is essential for the development of vaccines, management of the spread of infectious disease, diagnosis and therapeutic intervention. Research in pathology provides the opportunity to further our understanding and therefore inform our intervention in both human and veterinary medicine.

Subject Overview

Veterinary Pathology research at the University of Liverpool involves many areas of disease, including infectious diseases (bacterial, virological and parasitic diseases), immunopathology, oncology, neuropathology, degenerative diseases, toxicology and drug safety. Our work uses many different morphological in situ techniques, with particular expertise in immunohistology and electron microscopy, as well as molecular methods. The range of species in which we are interested includes domestic animals (companion animal and livestock), wildlife and zoo species and laboratory animals.

Based at both the Leahurst and Liverpool campuses, postgraduate training opportunities exist for veterinary surgeons  both towards specialisation in veterinary pathology (DiplECVP, FRCPath) and to obtain a postgraduate research degree (PhD). In addition to the expertise and areas of research interest within our group, we have well-established collaborations with other clinical and non-clinical researchers, both within the University of Liverpool and at other institutions. Inter-disciplinary postgraduate opportunities as part of a collaboration between Veterinary Pathology and the Centre for Drug Safety Science, which may also include the study of infectious diseases, are also available. Please see http://www.liv.ac.uk/drug-safety/study-training/vet-training/ for further details.

Why choose Infection and Global Health?

Our postgraduate students have access to unrivalled expertise among Institute staff in a variety of infectious and non-infectious diseases of humans and animals, together with state-of-the-art facilities. The Institute integrates medical and veterinary research to enhance exchange of knowledge and skills, putting us at the forefront of the ‘one health agenda’. We offer an outstanding teaching and learning experience undertaken within a culture of research excellence, which keeps staff at the cutting edge of knowledge and ensures student talent is nurtured and celebrated.