Research - Introduction
Research at the Royal Veterinary College is of international quality. The Research Assessment Exercise in 2008 ranked the RVC as England's best veterinary school, amongst institutions whose research is exclusively veterinary related. A total of 55% of our submitted academic staff were viewed as producing "world class" or "internationally excellent" research. As a self-governing college within the University of London, we attract a unique blend of basic and clinical scientists who work together in interdisciplinary teams within one research division.
The research environment is enriched by its close proximity to international centres of excellence in biomedical and biological sciences, which allows us to benefit directly from expertise in functional genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and bioinformatics support.
Our overall approach tends to extend from the molecular level to the whole animal or population of animals. The disciplines that underpin our research effort across these themes include Animal Welfare, Biomechanics, Genetics, Bioinformatics, Pathology and Epidemiology and Public Health.
We focus on:
- Infection and Immunity
- Comparative Physiology and Medicine (encompassing the effects of diet, exercise and ageing on musculoskeletal, cardiovascular health and reproductive physiology).
The College has built a very strong academic discipline in Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health with complementary research interests. All are veterinarians and they facilitate interactions between basic and clinical scientists, in many areas of our research.
The disciplines of Epidemiology, Microbiology, Pathology, Immunology and Clinical Science are drawn together in the Centre for Emerging, Endemic and Exotic Diseases (CEEED Centre), opened in 2008 and designed to facilitate multi-disciplinary research in Infectious Diseases.
Animal Welfare is fundamental to our research mission and underpins our research programmes; the establishment of an Animal Welfare Unit at the College is an important development.
Understanding how animals and people move is fundamental to musculoskeletal health and diseases that result from ageing, physical activity and the environment. The Structure & Motion Laboratory has world leading facilities to study locomotion. The leaders of this Centre of Excellence are at the forefront of developing technologies to study animal movement which are used in both basic and applied research.
The RVC is unique among European Vet Schools in having a Clinical Investigation Centre, co-ordinating disciplined study of its clinical caseload through its electronic patient record system and undertaking Phase II Clinical Trials under a Home Office licence. We aim to translate our research into solutions for veterinary and human medicine and use our expertise and veterinary patient caseload to undertake comparative research of both biomedical and veterinary significance.
Commercialisation of our research will derive from a number of initiatives, including the London BioScience Innovation Centre. We have established an impressive business and strategic development office to help us achieve these goals. This office works closely with the Research Division to ensure, where possible, the results of our work are exploited.