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Improving the health of pets, working animals and their owners

We are carrying out research and surveillance of diseases in cats, dogs and horses, and studying how animal ownership can impact on human health. Highlights of our current work include:

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Do raw meat diets pose health risk for our pets and us?

Feeding raw meat diets to companion animals, although a long-lived practice has recently become more popular due to the wide availability of commercial raw-meat-based-diets and the belief that they are more ‘natural’ and provide health benefits to dogs.  But does it pose a health risk? Read more here.

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Understanding how horse owners make decisions in relation to equine management, health and wellbeing

We are inviting horse owners to take part in this research project which aims to provide resources and assistance to horse owners by understanding horse owner's perceptions, practices and beliefs.  Read more here

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Foal Immunodeficiency Syndrome

Research into the genetic basis of Foal Immunodeficiency Syndrome identified the genetic mutation and led to a carrier test for equine population screening to understand the disease’s spread. Read more here...


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County colic risk to horses

Our work is enabling us to better identify horses at risk of Idiopathic Focal Eosinophilic Enteritis (IFEE), and has provided some clues about the possible cause of the condition. Read more here...


Actively monitoring pet health in the UK

The Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network (SAVSNET) is surveying the health of the UK’s pet population. Read more

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Improving the health of Africa's working horses

We are unravelling the causes of respiratory disease in working equids in Ethiopia. Read more

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Tackling drug resistance in parasites that affect horses

We are researching drug resistance in equine parasites and identifying the risk factors for their transmission. Read more...



Latest news

Researchers discover county colic risk

A particular gastrointestinal disorder, which causes colic, or abdominal pain, in ‌‌horses, is more prevalent in Lancashire compared with other nearby counties, according to researchers at the University of Liverpool and Lancaster University. Read more...


Education and dog-friendly neighbourhoods could tackle obesity

A study from the University of Liverpool has recommended investing in ‌dog owner education and facilities as a strategy to target physical inactivity and problems such as obesity in both people and their pets. Read more...