World leading veterinary research

Glasgow has a long-held and outstanding international reputation in veterinary research, which continues to this day with Glasgow ranking top amongst the UK veterinary schools for research quality in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. This research has been developed in a broader scientific context within the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, linking medical and life sciences and facilitating a ‘One Health’ approach to global human and animal health.

Our strengths

A key strength of our work at the University of Glasgow is our ability to run successful interdisciplinary research. With the formation of the College in 2010, research in veterinary biosciences has been developed primarily within the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine (BAHCM). This is complemented by our collaborative research teams in the Institute of Infection, Inflammation & Immunity (IIIs)—incorporating the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, the largest grouping of human and veterinary virologists in the UK.

Furthermore, our cross-College research centre, the award-winning Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health, brings together basic and translational research that has had significant impacts on key national and global veterinary health agenda.

Within the School of Veterinary Medicine our staff lead portfolios of clinical veterinary research within the School's small animal and large animal (equine and production animal) practices and feeds into the world class teaching (ranked 7th in the world) provided by the School.

Our partners

Beyond the University we have both new and enduring partnerships with key organisations that invest in veterinary research and global health. These include the Moredun Research InstituteAPHA - Animal and Plant Health Agency and  the Pirbright Institute in the UK, and partners in the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science & Technology, Tanzanian Wildlife Research Institute and Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania. With our African partners we also collaborate with the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, based at Washington State University.

Our veterinary biosciences research draws funding from a wide range of sources, including research councils (e.g. Wellcome Trust, BBSRC), government (e.g. DEFRA, Scottish Government, European Union) and industry (e.g. Merial, Zoetis), with an income between 2008–2013 of over £35m.

This places us amongst the world leaders in global animal health and the study of the relationships between animal and human health, from the molecular study of infection and immunity through to ecosystems and populations.


Rabies vaccination demonstration projects in Tanzania

Study in Tanzania
Sampling for foot and mouth disease as part of the Serengeti Health Programme

Risk surveillance for bTB in the UK
Developing revised surveillance models for bovine tuberculosis in the UK