Research at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine addresses the complex issues that affect animal and human health in an interdisciplinary approach that is changing the way discovery happens and is making a powerful difference.


We Advance Animal and Human Health

Research programs at the College of Veterinary Medicine comprise over 140 faculty representing more than 20 species in 9 research areas of emphasis. Our goal is to provide solutions to problems of particular importance to animal and human health and biomedical research.
State-of-the-Art CollaborationWith corporate and government partners

Centennial Biomedical Campus was built as a new partnership model committed
to brining academia, government, and industry together in one place to advance medical science.

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We Drive Veterinary Innovation

Our investigations are inspired by the animals we treat, the medical conditions we see on a daily basis, and through our contacts with animal owners and collaborators who work with human diseases. Our research focuses on developing real world solutions from which animals and their owners can benefit. From creating artificial limbs that fuse with an animal’s bone so that it is integrated into the body to improving the understanding of virus that impact our agricultural animals, the results of what our world-class researchers do improves the quality of veterinary and human medicine.

Recent Grants

Flunixin and Firocoxib in post-surgical Colic Patients

Investigator: Dr. Anthony Blikslager | Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation, Inc.

User Experience Study of a Nutritional Supplement, Antinol, in Cats Suffering from Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)- Associated Pain

Investigator: Dr. Duncan Lascelles | Pharmalink International Limited (PIL)

Evaluation of the Functional Region(s) of Multicopy Single-Stranded DNA in Salmonella

Investigator: Dr. Johanna Elfenbein | Funded by: American Veterinary Medical Association Foundation

Pilot Evaluation of a Commercial Echocardiographic Contrast Agent to Accurately Define the Coronary Artery Anatomy in Dogs with Pulmonic Stenosis

Investigator: Dr. Bruce Keene  |  Funded by: American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Therapeutic Efficacy of Mycophenolate Mofetil in the Treatment of SARDS in Canine Patients

Investigator: Dr. Freya Mowat  |  Funded by: American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists

Grafting Strategies for Liver Cell Therapies

Investigator: Dr. Jorge Piedrahita  |  Funded by: UNC-UNC Chapel Hill (Vesta Therapeutics, Inc.)

Identification of Genetic Collaborators in Cancer with a Brca2-mutant Zebrafish Model

Investigator: Dr. Heather Shive  |  Funded by: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Identification of Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease DNA Variants and Development of a DNA-based Preventative and Therapeutic Management Plan

Investigator: Dr. Kathryn Meurs  |  Funded by: Morris Animal Foundation

Immunolight Therapy for Dogs with Solid Tumors: Evaluation of Booster Strategies to Enhance Clinical Outcomes

Investigator: Dr. Michael Nolan  |  Funded by: Immunolight, LLC

Immunolight Therapy for Dogs with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma: Evaluation of Booster Strategies to Enhance Clinical Outcomes

Investigator: Dr. Michael Nolan  |  Funded by: Immunolight, LLC

Open-Label, Phase-2 Trial of Immunolight Therapy for Dogs with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Investigator: Dr. Michael Nolan  |  Funded by: Immunolight, LLC

Open-Label, Phase-2 Trial of Immunolight Therapy for Dogs with Solid Tumors

Investigator: Dr. Michael Nolan  |  Funded by: Immunolight, LLC

Effects of TGF-b2 and  3D Culture on Equine Bone Marrow-derived Mesenchymal Stem Cell Immunogenicity

Investigator: Dr. Lauren Schnabel  |  Funded by: Morris Animal Foundation

Mechanisms and Function of Paneth Cell Expansion After Doxorubicin-Induced Damage

Investigator: Dr. Christopher Dekaney  |  Funded by: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Internal Startup-Kapoor, Amit

Investigator: Dr. John Cullen  |  Funded by: The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Farm Animal Day at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Student Training

Investigator: Dr. Derek Foster  |  Funded by: NC Cattlemen’s Association

Testing of Novel Drugs Animal Parasites Utilizing Rodent Model Systems

Investigator: Dr. Michael Levy  |  Funded by: Avista Pharama (formerly SCYNEXIS, Inc.) 

GI Leak Animal Model Development

Investigator: Dr. Anthony Blikslager  |  Funded by: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.

Development and Validation of Canine Specific ELISAS Task Order No. 05

Investigator: Dr. Thierry Olivry  |  Funded by: LEO Pharma A/S

Sample Collection for Establishment of Biomarkers in Dogs with Atopic Dermatitis (Task Order 4)

Investigator: Dr. Thierry Olivry  |  Funded by: LEO Pharma A/S

Three-Dimensional Assessment of the Shape of the Canine Radius Using Computer Aided Design Software

Investigator: Dr. Marcellin-Little | Denis Morris Animal Foundation

Crude Oil and Dispersant Impacts on Hatchling Loggerhead Sea Turtles (Caretta caretta)

Investigator: Dr. Michael Stoskopf | University of California-Davis (California State Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Evaluation of Orally Administrated mTOR Inhibitor Rapamycin in Dogs in the Adjuvant Setting with Osteosarcoma

Investigator: Dr. Steven Suter | Funded by: Morris Animal Foundation

A Contemporaneous Controlled Study of the Standard of Care (SOC) in Dogs with Appendicular Osteosarcoma

Investigator: Dr. Steven Suter  |  Funded by: Morris Animal Foundation

Testing of Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Itch Properties of Topically Administered Hypochlorous Acid in Vitro and in a Model of Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Investigator: Dr. Wolfgang Baeumer  |  Funded by: PuriCore, Inc.

Immuno-Modulatory Influence of Antibiotic Therapy on the Humoral Immune Response to Vaccination of Weaned Pigs

Investigator: Dr. Glen Almond  |  Funded by: NC Pork Council

Transdermal Delivery of Meloxicam in Swine as a Pain Control Mitigation Strategy

Investigator: Dr. Ronald Baynes  |  Funded by: NC Pork Council

Ability of Dry Cow Vaccination With a Salmonella Enterica Serotype Newport Bacterin to Protect Against an Oral Salmonella Typhimurium Challenge in Dairy Calves

Investigator: Dr. Geoffrey Smith  |  Funded by: Zoetis, LLC

Defining the Effect of Immune-Medicated Damage to the Pineal Gland in the Etiopathogenesis of Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome (SARDS) in Dogs

Investigator: Dr. Freya Mowat  |  Funded by: ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation

Inhaled Nitric Oxide Versus Epoprostenol on Tracheal and Bronchial Inflammation

Investigator: Dr. Kristen Messenger  |  Funded by: Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

An Analysis of Primary Research and Meta-Analysis of Investigate Temporal Changes in Serotypes of Salmonella in US-based Pigs and Pork Products

Investigator: Dr. Paula Cray  |  Funded by: Iowa State University of Science and Technology National Pork Board

Controversial Issues: Conflict Resolution Workshop, March 2016

Investigator: Dr. Allen Cannedy  |  Funded by: American Veterinary Medical Association Foundation

Addison’s Disease and Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia in English Cocker Spaniels

Investigator: Dr. Kate Meurs  |  Funded by: English Cocker Spaniel Club of America Health and Rescue Organization

Ketoprofen Pharmacokinetics in Loggerhead Sea Turtles

Investigator: Dr. Craig Harms  |  Funded by: NC Aquarium Society

The Effect of Post-Operative Rehabilitation on Recovery from Acute Thoracolumbar Intervertebral Disc Herniations

Investigator: Dr. Natasha Olby  |  Funded by: Morris Animal Foundation

The Effect of Electromagnetic Fields on Post-operative Pain and Recovery of Locomotion in Dogs with Acute Intervertebral Disc Herniations

Investigator: Dr. Natasha Olby  |  Funded by: Assisi Animal Health

Investigation of the Metabolome Following Different Capture Techniques of the Bonnethead Shark (Sphyrna tiburo)

Investigator: Dr. Michael Stoskopf  |  Funded by: NC Aquarium Society
Role of TSLP in Canine Atopic Dermatitis – A New Target to Inhibit Itch and Inflammation in Dogs

Investigator: Dr. Wolfgang Baeumer  |  Funded by: Morris Animal Foundation
Clinical Trial to Evaluate the Biological Impact of Current Therapy Options in Canine Cancers 2015

Investigator: Dr. Matthew Breen  |  Funded by: ANTECH Diagnostics)

Development of a Self-Sustaining, Open Access Forensic STR Sequence Diversity Database

Investigator: Dr. Seth Faith  |  Funded by: National Institute of Justice (US Dept. of Justice (DOJ)

We Engage Students

The College’s student research activities are designed to provide a rich research experience and to train the animal health and biomedical researchers of tomorrow. Students are mentored closely by dedicated faculty.. Veterinary students engaged in our summer research programs participate in collective experiences such as weekly seminars, field trips and other activities to increase their understanding of the scientific process, responsible conduct of research, improve their written and oral communication skills and to gain insight into the wide range of professional paths available to them in academia, government and industry.

Supporting Student Research

The College actively builds partnerships with grant-giving organizations, which means we are able to fund student research. Our funders include the National Institutes of Health, the Merck-Merial Veterinary Scholars program, the Morris Animal Foundation, and the College’s Fund for Discovery, among others.  

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We Conduct Transformative Research

At NC State University and in the College of Veterinary Medicine we have embraced transformative research. As defined by the National Science Foundation, this kind of research “involves ideas, discoveries, or tools that radically change our understanding of an important existing scientific or engineering concept or educational practice or leads to the creation of a new paradigm or field of science, engineering, or education. Such research challenges current understanding or provides pathways to new frontiers.”