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.

Professor Matthew Baylis

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.

Professor Matthew Baylis, Executive Dean

Our departments

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.

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Our research

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

Professor Matthew Baylis

Executive Dean, Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences

Professor Laura Blackwood

Professor Laura Blackwood

Head of Department, Small Animal Clinical Science

Professor Susan Dawson

Professor Susan Dawson

Dean, School of Veterinary Science

Professor Neil French

Professor Neil French

Head of Department, Clinical Infection, Microbiology and Immunology

Professor Julian Hiscox

Professor Julian Hiscox

Deputy Executive Dean, Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences

Professor Cathy McGowan

Professor Cathy McGowan

Head of Department, Equine Clinical Science

Professor Lorenzo Ressel

Professor Lorenzo Ressel

Head of Department, Veterinary Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology

Professor Robert Smith

Professor Robert Smith

Head of Department, Livestock and One Health

Professor James Stewart

Professor James Stewart

Head of Department, Infection and Microbiome

Professor Mark Viney

Professor Mark Viney

Head of Department, Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour

Accreditations and partnerships

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Athena SWAN Silver Award

We're proud to hold the Athena SWAN Silver Award, recognising our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

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INSPIRE

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.