Animals are a cornerstone of society and important for human health. The Institute of Veterinary Research strives to be a leading and international recognized  research organization that conducts state-of-the-art research on health, disease and well-being of animals and related public health. IVR research should provide the scientific foundation for innovation and debate that benefits veterinary education, veterinary practice, related public health, and the economy.


The overall aim of the Institute of Veterinary Research (IVR) is to discover the biological principles of animal health and disease and their impact on public health. This knowledge should provide a solid basis for novel strategies that benefit veterinary practice, human health, and the economy. This ambition requires multidisciplinary expertise over the entire spectrum from molecule to population. Strong relationships with public stakeholders contribute to translation and application of scientific progress in the community.

Key objectives

IVR research is structured in six different research programs. The specific objectives of the individual programs are detailed in Annex B. Common objectives of the IVR programs are:

  • to advance veterinary sciences and related public health through discovery of the biological principles of animal health, animal disease and related biomedicine with the aim to develop novel prevention and intervention strategies (the 'One Health' concept)
  • to serve society by creating a challenging environment with cutting-edge multi-disciplinary expertise and research facilities that is attractive for a variety of stakeholders
  • to offer a broad spectrum of training for MSc and PhD students in collaboration with the Utrecht University Graduate School of Life Sciences

The IVR covers all research performed at the faculty of Veterinary Medicine, including the interfacultary Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences. External evaluations in 2006 and 2012 ranked the IVR among the top five veterinary institutions in the world ( see the report of 2012). For the most recent bibliometric analysis see: Bibliometric Study of UU Veterinary research- April 2012.

IVR research is organized in six interdepartmental, multidisciplinary research programs. The IVR management structure is depicted below.