The Biobank aims to develop a national veterinary health resource for vets and researchers, aimed at improving the understanding and treatment of a wide range of animals diseases. 

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Key aims and expertise

The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science is establishing a biobank to collect and store biological samples for researchers to study human and animal diseases. The samples are residual material left over from the investigation and treatment of clinical diseases in animals, such as heart disease, cancer and arthritis.

Please address all communications to:

Sample Submissions

Donation of samples: please complete the Sample Donation Form and email with your contact details and we will contact you directly. Each donation should be accompanied by a completed Client Consent form

Storage of samples: researchers wishing to store samples in the Biobank should complete the Sample Storage Form and email it to

Sample requests 

If you would like to request samples from the biobank, please complete the Sample Request Form  and email it to

If you are interested in obtaining samples from post mortem cases, please contact:  

Please be sure to fill out the form/s completely.

Sample storage is currently a free service, however, stating your funding sources on the submission and/or request forms will help us to advocate its positive impact on clinical veterinary and medical research

Current projects

Listed below are projects currently supported by the Biobank:

  • Research into cardiovascular (heart) disease in Great Apes.
  • A study of canine synovial fluid in osteoarthritis and cruciate disease.
  • The use of 23Na rheo-NMR and rheo-MRI techniques to investigate various body fluids
  • The use of faecal lactoferrin in the diagnosis of canine inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Canine parvovirus diversity and effect on bacterial microflora composition
  • The development of a 3-D in vitro model using equine hepatocytes for the study of drug metabolism in the horse.
  • TLR gene expression and inflammatory mediators in the canine healthy and inflamed CNS.
  • Investigation into a viral cause of canine chronic hepatitis.
  • A genome wide study into chronic hepatitis in the English springer spaniel.
  • The measurement of serum autoantibodies to liver-related antigens in dogs with chronic hepatitis.
  • Carotenoids as a food supplement for chickens


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The University of Nottingham
School of Veterinary Medicine and Science
Sutton Bonington Campus, Leicestershire, LE12 5RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 6563