Clinical Research

The overriding aim of the Institute of Veterinary Science's clinical research is to develop and improve clinical practice, food security, public health and animal welfare. This has led to an extensive clinical research programme. Working with clinicians in the Institutes's busy Equine and Small Animal Hospitals, as well as with fellow health and life scientists, research groups are answering important global veterinary questions.

Some current clinical research projects include:

  • Why horses get colic after orthopaedic surgery
  • How pain relief can be improved following canine or equine surgery
  • Why survival rates vary following equine colic surgery
  • How racing can be made safer for horses
  • How heart disease treatment can be improved in dogs
  • How obesity can be prevented or treated in dogs and cats
  • How early life feeding of dairy calves affects growth in later life
  • How to best control lameness in sheep
  • How does housing affect dairy cow behaviour and its impact on lameness
  • How does housing and feeding of pet pigs impact on their health and welfare

The Institute of Veterinary Science's clinical research work is widely published in the major journals as well as at conferences. The global impact of this work continues to grow.

Liverpool veterinary students who wish to carry out shorter research projects during their vacations, through an approved Summer School, or as an intercalated award, may qualify for funding through various routes, such as the BBSRC.

For more information about any aspect of research within the Institute of Veterinary Science, please contact us.