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The Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine is part of the University of Cambridge.

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Research at the University of Cambridge Veterinary School

NB! The University of Cambridge Veterinary School achieved a rating of 5 in RAE 2001. See the details of our submission.

The School has restructured its research base by the establishment of The Centre for Veterinary Science (CVS) under the direction of Professor I. McConnell who as Professor of Veterinary Science has a specific remit to foster the research of the School. The CVS provides a research infrastructure within the School which allows research leaders and groups to be identified. The function of the CVS is to provide a clearly identified profile and focus for the research activities of the School, to foster existing research strengths and promote new ones in both basic and clinical research.

The CVS also acts as the interface between the School and external funding agencies, industries and other potential sources of funding for the research development of the School. The development of the first phase of the Centre for Veterinary Science involved a major refurbishment of the laboratories in the main building undertaken at a cost of 1.9 million. Expansion to Phase 2, a free standing research facility, is in planning.

There is easy and regular access to other biological science departments in the University and to other research institutions in or near Cambridge. Because of the wide range of disciplines in a clinical veterinary course, the research tends to cover a wide range of subjects, some dealt with by groups and some by individuals.

The CVS has research programs in the following areas:

  • Canine and Comparative Genetics
    • Inherited Diseases in Dogs
  • Molecular Cytogenetics
    • Cambridge Resource Centre for Comparative Genomics
  • Herpesvirus Pathogenesis
  • Lentivirus Pathogenesis
  • Prion Immunobiology and Diagnostics
  • Prion Pathogenesis
  • RNA-mediated control of gene expression
  • Streptococcal research
  • Membrane Transport
  • Equine Orthopaedics

The School also has the following research programs:

  • Neurology
  • Mechanisms of CNS Repair
  • Farm Animal Epidemiology and Informatics Unit
  • Microbiology
  • Oncology
  • Equine Science
  • Animal Welfare
    • Nutrition
    • Animal Welfare and Human-Animal Interactions Group

About half the staff are involved in day-to-day clinical work, which could make it difficult for them to find sufficient time to carry out sustained research and also to get funding for the type of work they are interested in. The development of research groups within the CVS has provided the opportunity for clinical staff to become involved in research groups, fostering the development of clinical science within the School.

The Queen's Veterinary School Hospital


The Queen's Veterinary School Hospital has developed into a major teaching and referral establishment. Its reputation has grown in step with scientific advances; it was the first veterinary hospital in the country to be recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. The Hospital offers a high quality of clinical care to the patients and a sympathetic and caring face to the clients. It is also an important resource for the School, providing students at all levels with clinical cases for study and the opportunity for practical training in the treatment of companion and farm animals.

Clinical Service

The shift in emphasis in veterinary medicine from farm animal practice to companion species is reflected in the case material referred to the Hospital. Approximately 2,500 new cases are referred each year; when revisits are taken into consideration, more than 5,000 animals pass through its doors. The Hospital has developed and maintained a national and international reputation as a centre for excellence in a variety of fields including soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery, small animal medicine, oncology, diagnostic imaging and equine surgery. Total hip replacements, radiotherapy and cancer chemotherapy, cardiac surgery and balloon valvuloplasty are just some of the techniques regularly performed by Cambridge's clinical staff.

Although there has been a trend for development of private referral establishments in the UK veterinary profession, the Hospital continues to maintain its standing within the profession and is increasingly a centre for residency training and a tertiary referral facility. The Hospital has an impressive number of recognised specialists and many Diplomates of RCVS or European Boards amongst its senior clinical staff.

Clinical Research

The involvement of clinicians in the research groups within the Centre for Veterinary Science and School provides an important opportunity for new developments in clinical science. The genesis of the clinical scientist is a key strategic development for all veterinary schools because of the unique potential in veterinary schools to integrate basic science with clinical research directed at important problems in veterinary medicine. Good examples at Cambridge are in neurology and genetics where integration of basic and clinical research has brought new developments in understanding spinal cord damage and new diagnostic tests for genetic diseases of the dog. Funding by the Wellcome Trust in support of research in clinical veterinary science show external awareness of the importance of the clinical scientist.

The Queen's Veterinary School Equine Hospital

  • The Queen's Veterinary School Equine Hospital provides a complete surgical, orthopaedic and medical referral service and 24 hour emergency cover for all horses and ponies
  • For referrals, appointments, quotations
    or to find out more information about our services


    Equine Hospital Reception -
    by Phone (01223 337647), or E-mail
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Dates Referenced January 2004
Contact Details
Undergraduate admission enquiries:
Admissions Officer Phone 30811 Fax 37610 E-mail 
Postgraduate admission enquiries:
Postgraduate Director Phone 37620 Fax 37610 E-mail postgraduates@vet.cam.ac.uk
Enquiries to the Queen's Veterinary School Hospital:
Hospital Office Phone 37621 Fax 30848 E-mail hospital@vet.cam.ac.uk
Equine Unit Phone 37647 Fax 37672 E-mail equine@vet.cam.ac.uk
Farm Animal Unit Phone 37647 Fax 37672 E-mail farmanimal@vet.cam.ac.uk
Veterinary Clinical Pathology Service Phone 37651 Fax 39090 E-mail clinpath@vet.cam.ac.uk
University of Cambridge Veterinary School Trust:
Trust Office Phone 37630 Fax 37610 E-mail trust.office@vet.cam.ac.uk
General enquiries:
Departmental Secretary Phone 37694 Fax 37610 E-mail enquiries@vet.cam.ac.uk
To contact an individual member of the staff:
General Office Phone 37600 Fax 37610
Specialist enquiries:
Research Director Phone 37698 Fax 37671 E-mail research@vet.cam.ac.uk
Departmental Librarian Phone 37633 Fax 37610 E-mail librarian@vet.cam.ac.uk
Computer Officer Phone 37674 Fax 37610 E-mail computing@vet.cam.ac.uk
Website Editor Phone 37692 Fax 37610 E-mail webmaster@vet.cam.ac.uk

Telephoning from outside the University of Cambridge telephone network:

The five-digit numbers given are network extensions. To convert them to six-digit Cambridge exchange numbers, prefix numbers beginning 3 with a 3 and numbers beginning 6 with a 7. Six-digit numbers given are Cambridge exchange numbers and need no prefix. The code for Cambridge is 01223 (+44 1223 for international calls).

Telephoning from inside the University of Cambridge telephone network:

The five-digit numbers given are network extensions. Six-digit numbers given are Cambridge exchange numbers. Dial 9 for an outside line before dialling these numbers.

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University of Cambridge
Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine
Madingley Road
United Kingdom

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