The School of Veterinary Science is based in the Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences. Our mission is to be a centre of regional, national and international excellence in animal health and welfare through research and learning.

Professor Paul Lunn

We are a community of veterinary students, educators and researchers working together to improve animal health throughout our society and the world. We are striving to create accessible, equitable, sustainable, inclusive and innovative health solutions that address the one-health challenges of our time.

Professor Paul Lunn, Dean of the School of Veterinary Science


Livestock and One Health - Seeking to understand the behaviour of diseases in people and animals, particularly in livestock.

Small Animal Clinical Sciences - Delivering clinical care to dogs and cats, and teaching future vets in the Small Animal Teaching Hospital and University Veterinary Practice.

Equine Clinical Sciences - Providing high-level clinical care to equine patients and training veterinary students with the latest scientific knowledge.

Veterinary Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology - Studying the morphological and functional changes of normal and pathological organs and systems.


With two farms as well as three first opinion practices, two referral hospitals, and state-of-the-art teaching facilities, Liverpool offers students a fantastic start to their veterinary careers. Find out more about our facilities.


Our research

Our research aims are to have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of our city, our country and our planet. We will do this by focusing on areas where we are confident we already have, or can develop, world-leading expertise.

We use our breadth of expertise to collaborate and deliver meaningful impact from our research. We are working to address these key challenges at a local and global level.

Our campus

leahurst campus

Leahurst campus

Located in the heart of rural Cheshire, our Leahurst campus employs over 350 staff, including over 100 veterinary surgeons and teaches veterinary students in all years of their studies. The site is home to two farms, two referral hospitals, and two of the Institute's three first-opinion practices.

Leahurst campus
Liverpool campus

Liverpool campus

Our Liverpool Campus provides teaching for the first three years of the undergraduate course around themes of normal animal structure and function, animal husbandry, disease processes, public health, epidemiology and welfare, management of disease, research, clinical and professional studies.

Liverpool campus

Vision, mission and aims

Our ambitions

  • To maintain and develop excellence in veterinary research underpinning the learning and teaching environment and improving the health and welfare of animals and humans
  • To continue to deliver excellence in learning and teaching at preclinical, paraclinical, clinical and postgraduate levels; to be innovative and relevant to the current and future needs of veterinary graduates
  • To maintain and further develop international excellence in clinical veterinary science, and to deliver such excellence in animal care through the provision of outstanding Hospital and Practice Facilities
  • To be aware of, and responsive to, the wider and developing role of veterinary science in contributing to and informing social and environmental issues
  • To act as a regional, national and international resource for the veterinary profession, the animal industry and the general public through the provision of education, continuing professional development and services
  • To ensure the health and wellbeing of all staff and students by developing their confidence and resilience and providing excellent support
  • To develop staff and ensure future leadership within the profession.

Our ethos

  • Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) at the heart of what we do
  • A responsibility to our local community and its health economy
  • Pursuit and delivery of excellence
  • Academic endeavour, teaching and research are equally promoted
  • A shared sense of purpose.

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.

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)

American Veterinary Medical Association - Council on Education (AVMA-COE)

European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE)