Our research

World-class research recognised at School of Veterinary Sciences


The results of the REF2014 (Research Excellence Framework), published on 18 December 2014, confirms that the University of Bristol maintains a leading role in veterinary research. The proportion of the Bristol Veterinary School's research rated as internationally world leading (4*) or excellent (3*) was 88% in the REF2014.


The REF2014 marked the first time that long-term impact of research was also judged alongside academic excellence. All of Bristol’s impact return was scored as outstanding or very considerable in terms their reach and significance. The impact cases studies included improved dairy cattle welfare, improving feline health and introduction of enriched cages.

Research groups

Our research is focused within three groups:

Underpinning our research

The following themes underpin research in all three groups:

Research facilities

We have excellent laboratory facilities across all our sites, providing our academics with equipment and techniques ranging from flow cytometry, real-time PCR, HPLC and gas chromatography to video recording suites, thermal imaging and operant technology. The university is committed to ensuring better utilisation of the Langford site as a ‘research hub’ and several investments have been made to open specialist facilities such as a surgical and diagnostic clinical facility for small animals, including a 16-slice CT scanner and a 1.5T MRI, and an equine surgical facility, both of which have had a positive impact on case-based research.  A recently opened state-of-the-art dairy unit also provides another unique research resource.

Our academics also have access to a large range of research facilities belonging to the Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences as a whole.

Research Seminars

Research on film

Kate Allen describes how a unique research-technique, using a horse treadmill together with a telemeted endoscope, is being used to research poor performance in individual horses.