School of Veterinary Medicine and Science


A Postgraduate student in a lab 

The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Nottingham was established in 2006.  The School undertakes research on many key aspects of companion animals and livestock health and production.  Research at the School is integrated into the University structure with established world class research in biomedical sciences within the other University Schools.  Research undertaken at the School is relevant to both Veterinary Medicine and Science and Comparative and Human Medicine.

The diversity of research interests among academic members of staff, together with the collaborative nature of our research, extensive state-of-the-art research facilities and excellent technical expertise provided by skilled laboratory technicians and up to date information technology places us at the leading edge of veterinary research and development. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science joint submission with the School of Biosciences was ranked first in the country for the power of its research with 95% of its activities classified at an international standard.  

The School is working on a range of research projects within five main research areas :

  • Animal infection and immunity:
    Elucidating mechanisms of infection, host immune responses and the exploitation of host-pathogen interactions for the prevention and treatment of infection.
  • Animal population health and welfare:
    Documenting and modelling endemic disease in animals with a view to improving animal welfare and disease prevention and management.
  • Comparative medicine:
    Investigating the pathogenesis and management of naturally-acquired or induced diseases in animals as models of disease in man.
  • Reproductive biology:
    Studying all aspects of reproductive biology including the impact of the foetal environment on post-natal development.
  • Veterinary educational research:
    Capitalising on the establishment of a new Veterinary School by investigating the impact of a novel curriculum and different methods of delivery on learning outcomes.

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Postgraduate studentships have already been established under the major research themes in the school.  Studentships are available through University-funded and externally funded sources. The establishment of state-of-the art laboratories in the School has provided enhanced facilities at Sutton Bonington for basic and fundamental research in the areas of animal health and welfare. In addition, there are opportunities for non-laboratory based research in epidemiology, bioinformatics and biostatistics.  An Interdisciplinary Training Programme strengthens the strategic aims of the School by establishing close collaborative links with the other Schools, the Institute for Clinical Research and other Research Centres and Institutes within the University of Nottingham.  This programme is an important part of the University’s integrative physiology and comparative medicine research priorities.

We are looking to recruit postgraduate students from a diverse range of clinical and scientific disciplines including veterinary science, equine science, pathology, molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, physiology and bioinformatics.  The School has a dynamic, vibrant and highly stimulating teaching and research environment which is achieved through an international blend of students and researchers who are committed to innovative learning and scientific discovery.  We welcome applications from home and international students for our postgraduate research programme.

The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science offers suitably qualified graduates excellent opportunities to study for MRes, MPhil or PhD, MVM or MVS and DVM/DVS degrees together with Clinical Diplomas, in a wide range of veterinary, biomedical, biological and statistical research fields.  Postgraduate students are recruited from a diverse range of clinical and scientific disciplines including veterinary science, equine science, pathology, molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, physiology, statistics and bioinformatics.  

All postgraduate students will be integrated into the University of Nottingham’s Graduate School . The Graduate School, based in the Trent Building at University Park, and which opened a new Graduate Centre in Sutton Bonington in October 2007. This centre offers excellent new facilities including social and study spaces, computer facilities and seminar rooms. The Graduate School supports the Graduate Centre based in Sutton Bonington so post-graduates have access to high quality training and support services. The Graduate School training programme consists of more than 60 courses covering a range of skills identified as essential transferable skills in the research councils’ joint skills statement.  The skill areas include communication skills, presentation skills, research management, time management and career management.

Throughout your research degree you will be supported by a training programme run by both the School and Faculty which ensures that postgraduate students benefit from a high standard of education and training enabling them to become independent researchers with a range of specialist and transferable skills.  This programme is complementary to the wide range of courses and other support provided by the Graduate School .

A comprehensive programme of short courses and workshops is organised annually in order to support research students and help them acquire the skills necessary to complete a research thesis. All research students attend these workshops in their first year.  Topics will include an introduction to experimental design and statistics, a course on computing, and individual workshops on the preparation of scientific papers, the use of audiovisual aids, and presentation skills.

Working in a LaboratoryThe University of Nottingham offers the opportunity of a busy and exciting social life - thanks to the diversity of our postgraduate student population, the fabulous leisure facilities available and the support of the Students' Union.  Best of all, the wide range of activities means that there's something to suit every personality.

The University also provides modern, comfortable and lively residences that are perfect for integration into postgraduate student life. The University's Accommodation Office will guarantee to offer you a room in university managed halls of residence for at least one year.

School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Leicestershire, LE12 5RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 951 6116
fax: +44 (0)115 951 6415