Research and development have a fundamental role to play for universities in terms of representing the main pillars of basic research and are a particularly important facet of Vetmeduni. The combination of basic research and applied and clinical research in veterinary medicine constitutes a decisive factor for success in global competition as well as in the university’s international ranking and visibility.
For the purpose of fulfilling its potential in fundamental research (basic science) in an efficient and targeted manner for the benefit of society, Vetmeduni has geared ist applied research achievements towards highly relevant challenges and issues including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and grand societal challenges such as demographic change, growth of the world’s population, food security and food safety, health and its maintenance, sustainability, climate change, urbanisation, global risk society as well as biology as an inspiration for technology and society.
Any isolated consideration of the root causes of new or recurring diseases would be a waste of valuable resources. Their exploration and the quest for appropriate solutions to problems can only be approached and implemented in an interdisciplinary and collaborative manner, while joining forces and exploiting all and any possible synergies – „Human or livestock or wildlife health can‘t be discussed in isolation anymore. There is just one health“.
One Health combines the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally, to attain optimal health for people, animals and our environment.
Alignment to profile lines
Research at Vetmeduni is conducted along the following lines of its profil:
- Physiological processes
- Infection and prevention with a focus on farm animals
- Animal models and veterinary biotechnology
- Food safety and risk analysis
- Animal behaviour and human-animal interaction
Within these profile lines, a number of concrete and internationally visible research priorities have been established at Vetmeduni Vienna based on appropriate third-party funding from national and international research support organisations and on cooperation with other research entities as well as business and public partners.
- Endocrinology and reproduction
- Nutrition physiology
- Infectious diseases (fish, poultry, swine)
- Emerging Diseases
- Innovative diagnostics
- Food microbiology and risk analysis of animal-based food products
- Population genomics
- Translational medicine and comparative medicine (genome, epigenome and molecular signalling pathways in cancer, infection and inflammation)
- Behavioural biology and behavioural ecology
- Animal welfare
- Wildlife ecology and wildlife medicine
- Veterinary ethics and animal welfare