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Research opportunities

We have a vibrant and active research culture within the School of Veterinary Science, undertaking research that improves the health and welfare of animals and of people regionally and globally.

Our research involves multiple collaborations between veterinary clinical and non-clinical researchers working across the school’s hospitals and practices and other departments within the University. This provides veterinary students and veterinary surgeons with excellent opportunities to be involved in applied, comparative and translational research within a high-quality research environment.

How to get involved in our research

Undergraduate student research opportunities

Veterinary undergraduate students undergo a range of formal training in research skills throughout the BVSc course and undertake a research or clinical audit project during the third year.

For students who are keen to develop their research skills further, there are opportunities to undertake summer research projects or undertake an intercalated degree including the one-year intercalated degree in Veterinary Conservation Medicine offered by the University of Liverpool.

Postgraduate research opportunities

PhD and MPhil degree studies

We offer a variety of research opportunities for graduates wishing to undertake PhD, MPhil and other postgraduate degrees in a range of veterinary subject areas including veterinary infectious diseases, veterinary pathology, veterinary clinical sciences and epidemiology and one health.

For more details see our Higher degree by research page.

Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in Veterinary Professional Studies

Veterinary surgeons who have completed a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Cert AVP) can undertake additional modules, including those based around research skills eg Introduction to epidemiology module to be eligible for a PgDip in Veterinary Professional Studies. Candidates who successfully complete a final research project module (60 credits), in addition to 120 credits with the University of Liverpool, will be eligible for an MSc in Veterinary Professional Studies. 

For further information see Veterinary Professional Studies (Postgraduate Certificate / Diploma / MSc).

MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy

This is available to Chartered Physiotherapists who have completed the Veterinary Physiotherapy Postgraduate Diploma modules and a research project.

For further information: Veterinary Physiotherapy (Postgraduate Diploma / MSc)

Internship and residency training research projects

Within each of the hospitals, we offer one-year internship positions enabling veterinary graduates to further develop their clinical skills within a particular species and/or discipline. Hospital interns have the opportunity to become involved in various research projects such as contributing to data collection and analysis and being a co-author on a research paper and/or presenting this work at conferences.

Residency training programmes allow veterinary surgeons to develop specialist clinical skills, often working towards eligibility to sit the European Diploma examination in the relevant discipline. Within these programmes, trainees are also required to undertake a research project and publish their work in a peer-reviewed journal.

For further information about internships or residency training opportunities please contact


We actively collaborate with a number of research groups within and outwith the University of Liverpool and have a number of industrial partnerships. If you are interested in collaborating with us and would like further details please contact

Help to fund our research

Our research work is funded through a variety of sources, including charity funding and donations from one-off fundraisers, legacies and wills. If you are interested in donating towards our research and would like further details please contact

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