Faculty in the college's three academic departments pursue diverse yet complementary research interests.
As part of the flagship campus of the University of Illinois, the veterinary medicine faculty engage with researchers in such biomedical fields as chemistry, neuroscience, nanotechnology, and bioengineering to address newly emerging solutions to the world’s health problems. The departments administer PhD and master’s degree programs. There are opportunities to pursue graduate degrees in conjunction with a residency or veterinary degree. Veterinary students and undergraduate students are encouraged to gain research experience.
Faculty research interests range from uterine and placental biology and the impact of environmental and dietary compounds on neurodevelopment to the interplay between infectious agents and contaminants with wildlife populations, comparative drug disposition and pharmacokinetics, and nanodisks as platforms for the study of membrane proteins.
Areas of research emphasis include programs addressing viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic infections as well as programs that study the epidemiology of infectious disease at the spatial and temporal level using geographic information science.
The department is very active in funded research projects in areas reflecting the faculty’s clinical specialties, including novel anticancer agents for the treatment of canine osteosarcoma, equine regenerative biology, anesthesia for exotic species, stored blood products in critical care, use of 3D printing for surgical planning, microvascular surgery, management and control of infectious diseases in production medicine, advanced imaging of critical patients, and reproduction of cattle, horses, and exotic animals.