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About the Department

The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s leading research universities, with internationally recognised strengths in biomedical science. Veterinary science lies at the heart of these activities, and is strongly represented in areas such as infectious disease research and international public health. The Department of Veterinary Medicine is part of the University’s School of Biological Sciences, which, combined with its geographical proximity to leading research centres such as the CIMR, Cancer Research UK and the Sanger Institute has embedded it within an environment of internationally renowned research excellence. Our mission is to deliver excellence in veterinary education and biomedical research, and to address the challenges to the health and welfare of animals, humans and the environment in the 21st century.

Located on the West Cambridge site to the North West of the city, the Department has a vibrant research environment with a community of enthusiastic young researchers: 37 University Teaching Officers (UTOs), 80 support staff, 35 postdoctoral research staff and 50 PhD students. Our research income (~£4.5M 2014-15) has followed an upward trajectory over the last decade, with around 70 active research grants from a wide variety of sponsors, including BBSRC, MRC, and the Wellcome Trust. The Departments produces around 200 publications each year, of which in the 2014 UK Research Excellent Framework 80% were recognised as being of world leading or internationally excellent quality. Our research laboratories, fully embedded within the outstanding core facilities of the University of Cambridge, provide the environment, equipment and support for world class research in disease and infection biology. We have extensive local, national and international collaborations including in Europe, USA, Africa and China. Our Veterinary School is ranked number 1 in the UK, and 4th globally in the 2016 QS World University Rankings.

Animals, humans, and the environment are intrinsically interconnected. Recognising this, a One Health approach is integrated across all research programmes in the Department, breaking down the traditional boundaries between Human and Veterinary Medicine, and taking novel approaches to the study of disease in man and other animals. Divided into three broad themes, our researchers are drawn from all disciplines, from clinical veterinarians, to medics, epidemiologists, and biomedical sciences. 

Our aim is to achieve international excellence in research by providing a multi-disciplinary environment where our researchers can answer fundamental questions about the biology of disease.

Professor Clare Bryant, Director of Research

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