We're training the next generation of veterinarians, doctors and researchers to undertake research into some of the major challenges of the 21st century. These global challenges require global approaches, so our researchers are spread across Liverpool, Asia and Africa. We're home to the University's world-leading veterinary school, training the next generation of veterinary practitioners. We also contribute to teaching in the Faculty's Medicine and Life Sciences programmes. The ability to integrate medical, veterinary and environmental studies makes us a global leader in One Health research.
My ambition is to break down the barriers between human, animal, plant and ecosystem health in order to bring multidisciplinary approaches to tackling some of the biggest challenges of the 21st century.
The School of Veterinary Science aims to be a centre for regional, national and international excellence in research and learning in animal health and welfare.
Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour
Studying the biology of animals, plants and microbes, from the individual to the population level, to understand the processes driving the natural world.
Clinical Infection, Microbiology and Immunology
Conducting infection research of direct clinical relevance, centred on improved diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infections.
Equine Clinical Science
Multidisciplinary specialist teams working together for the best outcomes in specialist and first opinion equine veterinary care. Training veterinary undergraduate and postgraduate students with the latest scientific knowledge.
Infection Biology and Microbiomes
Focused on how pathogens interact with their hosts at the molecular and cellular level, with the aim of designing better vaccines and drugs.
Livestock and One Health
Seeking to understand the behaviour of diseases in people and animals, particularly in livestock.
Small Animal Clinical Science
Delivering clinical care to dogs and cats, while teaching future and postgraduate vets in the state-of-the art, specialist-led Small Animal Teaching Hospital and primary care University Veterinary Practice.
Veterinary Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
Studying the morphological and functional changes of normal and pathological organs and systems.
Medical, veterinary and ecological research is essential, to ensure the health of people, animals, plants and the environment. The interconnectivity of these disciplines means that integrated approaches are needed to tackle major global challenges. These include:
- Emerging infectious diseases
- Improving food safety and security
- Slowing the development of antimicrobial and anthelmintic resistance
- Mitigating against the impacts of environmental change
Our research departments are committed to clinical research of people and animals, ecology and the interactions of hosts, pathogens and the environments in which they live.
Vision, mission and aims
- Excel in research and teaching in infection, veterinary science, ecology and evolution
- Conduct research that has a real impact on the health of people, animals, plants and the environment, nationally and globally
- Become the go-to veterinary school globally, recognised for our research-led teaching
- Educate and prepare the next generation of doctors, veterinarians, life scientists and researchers
- Lead the way in the University for our international reach, including in lower-middle income countries
- Collaborate across departments and disciplines, taking multidisciplinary approaches to tackle global challenges
- Reap the rewards of an equal, diverse and inclusive workforce
- Invest further in our state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities
Our leadership team
Professor Matthew Baylis
Executive Dean, Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences
Professor Laura Blackwood
Head of Department, Small Animal Clinical Science
Professor Susan Dawson
Dean, School of Veterinary Science
Professor Neil French
Head of Department, Clinical Infection, Microbiology and Immunology
Professor Julian Hiscox
Deputy Executive Dean, Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences
Professor Cathy McGowan
Head of Department, Equine Clinical Science
Professor Lorenzo Ressel
Head of Department, Veterinary Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
Professor Robert Smith
Head of Department, Livestock and One Health
Professor James Stewart
Head of Department, Infection and Microbiome
Professor Mark Viney
Head of Department, Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour
Accreditations and partnerships
Athena SWAN Silver Award
We're proud to hold the Athena SWAN Silver Award, recognising our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
INSPIRE is a UK-wide initiative designed to engage veterinary undergraduates with research. The scheme is co-ordinated by the Academy of Medical Sciences and supported by the Wellcome Trust.