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There is international recognition of the need for new approaches to meet the growing challenges of livestock production, and to control infectious diseases that threaten humans and animals.

Royal Veterinary College researchers work across disciplines at the population and ecosystem level (epidemiologists, public health experts, economists, wildlife biologists); at the herd, individual animal and molecular level (clinical scientists, pathologists, immunologists, reproductive biologists, geneticists, welfare scientists); and at the pathogen level (virologists, bacteriologists, parasitologists).

We aim to find technical solutions, taking into account socio-economic conditions in different countries and work with government and industry to support their implementation.

RVC Livestock Production & Health researchers can belong to any of the following groups, under the leadership of Professor Nicola Lewis:

The Royal Veterinary College is a member of the London Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases Research, an innovative research collaboration between the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Natural History Museum, the Royal Veterinary College, and Imperial College London. The London Centre aims to build the evidence base around the design, implementation, and evaluation of neglected tropical diseases control and elimination programmes. For more information please visit

Our understanding of animal disease, together with the superb facilities at the RVC, means that we are well placed to contribute to the way in which human diseases are diagnosed and treated.

Domestic pets and other animals suffer from diseases which affect mankind. These include degenerative diseases as a result of the ageing process, as well as diseases influenced by exercise and diet.

At the RVC, we develop physiologists who are able to test new cell and molecular biology findings in animal models, often using these findings to develop treatments for animals and humans.

RVC Comparative Physiology and Clinical Sciences (CPCS) researchers can belong to any of the following groups, under the leadership of Professor Dominic Wells:

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