Research, Innovation & Impact in the School of Veterinary Medicine

Research is a core activity of the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine. As the only School of Veterinary Medicine in Ireland, we occupy a unique position in terms of in-house expertise and infrastructure that allows us to perform high-quality multidisciplinary research to address national and international research priorities, and to use this research to inform our teaching and learning programmes.

Research activities across the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine map to 4 broad themes:

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Research and innovation in population medicine and veterinary epidemiology are key areas of endeavour in the School. The herd health-population medicine group is developing integrated herd-level programmes for managing risk associated with animal health, animal welfare and food safety. The Centre for Veterinary Epidemiology and Risk Analysis (CVERA), located in this theme, is Ireland’s national resource centre for veterinary epidemiology.


This group primarily focuses on infectious diseases, although there is a component of research on endocrine and genetic disorders. Major pathogen-focussed research encompasses Mycobacteria, Salmonella spp, Fasciola, MRSA and Campylobacter, with underpinning themes in antimicrobial resistance and food safety. Clinical research is also a major focus in this strand; recent developments in neuropathology and small animal endocrinology, with a focus on areas such as feline and canine hyperthyroidism.

This theme includes research on the molecular and physiological regulation of ovarian function, fertilization, and embryo survival predominantly in cattle, sheep and equines. Projects include evaluations of the molecular basis for dominance during follicular waves in cattle; the relationship between immune and endocrine function with fertility; mucosal surfaces and the role of mucins; and the development of biomarkers for conditions such as endometritis.

The translational research theme encompasses groups developing new and improved diagnostics, drug delivery, regenerative medicine, and surgical procedures. Research that directly informs policy also falls within this remit. Recent highlights include the development of a calcitonin-nanocomplex to reduce joint inflammation; use of SNP chips to explore genetic sensitivity for equine osteochondrosis; regeneration of cartilage and tendon tissues; and improved surgical endoscopy procedures.