Our challenges

Vector-Borne Diseases

We are working to find new methods to control insects and other arthropods that transmit deadly diseases to humans, livestock and pets.

Liverpool Veterinary Parasitology Diagnostics

Veterinary parasitology

We are working to improve the diagnosis and treatment of parasitic infections in animals. These include being the sole providers of a unique serological test for liver fluke in horses.

Research Centres and Networks

We're continually developing successful collaborations across our broad range of research areas.

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Centre for Global Vaccine Research

The Centre is built on the success of the international clinical vaccine research conducted in Malawi, with leadership in the areas of rotavirus and pneumococcal vaccines. The work in the Centre covers a wide range of human and animal pathogens, making it one of the rare centres within the UK to promote the global prevention of vaccine-preventable diseases of both humans and animals.  

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UK International Coronavirus Network (UK-ICN)

The UK-ICN is hosted at the University of Liverpool and provides and supports global co-ordination for the delivery of collaborative scientific research and sustained long-term one health approach to better investigation of coronaviruses, improved surveillance, and social policies.

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Liverpool Veterinary Parasitology Diagnostics

The scientists and veterinary surgeons at Liverpool Veterinary Parasitology Diagnostics (LVPD) offer a broad range of specialist tests for parasitic diseases in animals, from domestic and zoological species to livestock and wildlife.

Case studies

New drugs for onchocerciasis

In a collaboration with Bayer AG and L’Institut de Recherche Agricole pour le Développement, Cameroon, we have shown that a drug called emodepside can kill adults of a worm infecting African cattle, which is very closely related to the human river blindness parasite.

Do birds spread scrub typhus?

We are performing surveys of wild birds in Malaysia and Thailand to determine if they may carry Orientia-infected chiggers. We are also examining backyard chickens for chigger infestation in these countries and conducting serological studies to assess their exposure to Orientia, in case chickens constitute an overlooked reservoir of disease.

Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network (SAVSNET)

Research and surveillance initiative leading to behaviour change and improved companion animal and human health.


The Tick Cell Biobank

The Tick Cell Biobank houses a collection of most of the continuous cell lines derived from ticks of medical and veterinary importance available worldwide and develops novel cell lines from ticks and other arthropods.

Accreditations and Partnerships

Athena Swan Silver Award

As a Faculty overall we are accredited with the Athena SWAN Silver Award, which covers each of the four institutes, recognising our commitment to advancing gender equality.

Tropical Infectious Diseases Research & Education Centre (TIDREC), Malaysia

We are collaborating with TIDREC to understand the spread of disease from wild animals and livestock to humans, especially where this involves ectoparasites (vectors) such as ticks and mites.