Research at the Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine  


The University of Edinburgh
The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, together with the Faculty of Medicine, Division of Biological Sciences and Department of Chemistry, forms a leading European centre of academic excellence.  Edinburgh is one of the largest and most successful research universities in the UK, with key interests in biology, veterinary medicine and medicine.  In total, more than 1,000 postgraduate, postdoctoral and faculty researchers are employed directly on biomedical research projects at Edinburgh, generating research income in excess of 45 million p.a.   

The Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine
The CTVM is one of 4 departments of the Royal (Dick) School for Veterinary Studies.  Facilities available cover all the major scientific disciplines associated with veterinary medicine in the tropics.  Our laboratories are fully equipped for the techniques associated with immunological and molecular biological studies in protozoology, entomology, helminthology, virology, bacteriology, immunology, nutrition and research on draught animals.  

Facilities are available for Category 3 containment of dangerous pathogens and genetically manipulated organisms.  Specialist facilities include equipment and accommodation for exercise, physiological and climatological studies on equids and large ruminants, including draught animals, an isolation unit for studying vector borne diseases of ruminants in the tropics, small engineering and electronic workshops and provision for the production of audio-visual aids, including video.  On-line and CD-ROM library facilities are used to provide an information service for veterinarians and agriculturalists working in tropical countries.

The CTVM Abroad
The Centre has the remit to provide animal health, wealth and the production in developing countries through research and training, to foster sustainable development, alleviate poverty and improve quality of life. We maintain a portfolio of research projects aimed at improving control and diagnosis of infectious diseases of domestic stock and wild animals. Immunological and molecular biological studies are aimed at vaccine development. We are involved in research and training programmes in over 16 countries, mostly in Africa, but also in South America, India and the Far East. Senior staff are seconded to Bolivia, Kenya and Vietnam on projects to improve delivery of veterinary services.

Follow the links below to investigate the activities of our different research groups or see individual staff entries for their specific research interests:



Midge trapping


Vector biology

Veterinary Epidemiology Group

Draught animal power research

  Centre for Infectious Diseases (CID)

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