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Research at NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine Enhances Animal and Human Health

The research at NC State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) into complex issues affecting animal and human health  can make a powerful difference in people’s lives.

CVM research programs involve more than 100 faculty representing more than 25 disciplines working with more than 20 species. Researchers address critical issues in biomedical, agricultural, and biological sciences through a variety of experimental approaches and techniques – ranging from basic discovery in molecular biology to application of new technology in CVM clinical settings, or in herds and flocks of the state’s livestock industry.

The College’s research focus areas represent some of the world’s premier centers for comparative medicine and translational biology, chemical toxicology and pharmacokinetics, and marine sciences.  In addition to conducting leading research, investigators are dedicated to preparing the next generation of veterinary scientists by providing outstanding educational and training opportunities for graduate students and other scientists.

CVM research centers also have a commitment to serving the public.  For example, researchers within the Center for Chemical Toxicology Research and Pharmacokinetics created and maintain the national USDA-supported Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank (FARAD) and the Food & Agriculture Organization/ United Nations supported global FARAD.  FARAD performs the drug residue avoidance data analysis, and provides assistance to those who have a question about how to prevent drug residues in animal-derived food.

These research centers also draw upon unique collaborations with organizations outside of NC State.  The Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST) provides a focal point for citizen contact with NC State University’s marine science and extension faculty.  Located on the Carteret Community College campus, CMAST is an example of an effective partnership between state universities and the community college system.

Another element of the research centers is the focus on productive partnerships with government, private industry, and other academic researchers.  The Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research (CCMTR), for example, involves more than 100 scientists from five NC State colleges who conduct numerous “One Medicine” research collaborations.  The CCMTR recently signed a collaborative research agreement with the Wake Forest University Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

The clinical trials program in the Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center enables investigators to evaluate novel approaches to diagnose and treat disease and deliver innovative solutions that enhance animal and human health. The program also promotes research collaboration by serving as a liaison between clinical investigators, basic researchers, referring veterinarians, pet owners, and industry scientists.

For more information:

Department of Clinical Sciences Research Programs

Department of Population Health and Pathobiology Programs

Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences Programs

Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research

Center for Chemical Toxicology Research and Pharmacokinetics

Center for Marine Sciences and Technology

Environmental Medicine Consortium

Clinical Studies Core