Applied Veterinary Research

Building bridges between the clinics, science, and society

We want to improve the quality of veterinary medicine by carrying out clinical research that is relevant to society, scientifically sound and will lead to improved veterinary care. We gather scientific and (para)clinical evidence to develop new treatments and better therapies for animals. 

Reducing antibiotics
In the Applied Veterinary Research programme, we tackle important emerging topics in the field such as reducing the use of antibiotics in pigs, poultry and other animals, or advocating vaccination of goats and sheep against Q fever. We aim to maintain the broad spectrum of veterinary specialisations at a high level by supporting research training of residents and providing research time to the permanent staff.

We want to improve the quality of veterinary care by viable clinical research
Research groups

Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals How can we improve the quality of veterinary care and welfare? What causes breed related disorders and how can we prevent them? How can disease mechanisms of man’s best friend provide insights into human disease? Read more

Equine Sciences What is the best treatment for lame horses with intra-articular problems? How can skin problems of horses be diagnosed reliably? What is training and overtraining? Why are fat horses less healthy? What is best practice in the use of antimicrobials? Read more

Farm Animal Health
What impact does cattle herd health have on the economic results of the dairy farmer? How can we control gut parasites in poultry without antibiotics? What is the welfare impact of joint disorders in pigs? Read more

Why do cells, tissues and organs of animals disfunction, causing disease and sometimes even death? We collect and distribute knowledge about diseased animals, their cells, tissues and organs. Read more

UU Animal Cancer Center

Clinical Research Centres
To reach for excellence in important clinical areas, we established a number of clinical research centres where multidisciplinary research takes place. Read more



19 October 2017
Marijke Achterberg studies social play in young rats. She aims to uncover the ‘play circuit’ in the brain underlying social play behaviour.
Erik Teske
8 June 2017
Prof. Erik Teske, DVM will be awarded with an honorary doctor’s degree at SLU at the award ceremony on 7 October this year.
24 November 2016
Last Thursday, the latest edition of the annual Veterinary Science Day was held in Antropia conference centre in Driebergen.
8 November 2016
Veterinarian Karin Albers received a research subsidy of $ 300,000 together with her colleagues.
22 September 2016
The Dutch Minister of Health will invest more than 6 million euros in research into new antibiotics during the next four years.