Research is not flashy.
You won’t find 100,000 people wanting to cram into a lab to cheer on someone culturing cells. And projects with titles like “Development of an in vitro system for maintaining adult Haemonchus contortus” or “Understanding the innate immune role of TRIM proteins in bovine macrophages” don’t exactly scream “read me” to most people.
No, research isn’t flashy; it’s just incredibly important. It’s where we identify solutions and develop new methods that change the world.
That’s why we built a new facility to enhance our research capabilities for our staff, students and the world.
Our new Research and Pathology Building is a 19,000 square-foot facility dedicated to multidisciplinary research collaborations and providing an academic platform for students and faculty to address pressing One Health issues. It has 13,000 square feet of research space, a pathology wing, and expanded educational capabilities for our staff and students.
Yet, all of that just describes the building. What it really is, is a commitment.
We’re seeing more and more students interested in research; excited to improve the world. By building this new facility, we’re committing ourselves to helping them achieve their goals and expanding the future of veterinary medicine.
Take a look at those project titles in the beginning. Our staff and students are working on those projects, and they’re making an impact.
There’s a significant gap in knowledge regarding TRIM proteins and how they impact immunity of large livestock. By researching this, we can not only potentially better treat livestock of infections and possibly create vaccines, but we can do it for humans, too.
The other can help millions of people in limited-resource locations, as it focuses on sheep and goats, which are important sources of protein for those populations. To research the H. contortus parasite is to enable better treatments of sheep and goats and possibly create a better food supply for those that need them. There’s even long-term potential for the identification of products that could be used as drug or vaccine targets.
That’s the essence of One Health; the interconnectivity of animal, human and environmental health. Healthier animals means healthier ecosystems and healthier humans.
We are passionate about the One Health initiative and what it means for the world, and we’re equally passionate about our students. That’s why we made this commitment.
It’s not flashy, but it may just one day change the world.
Find out more about the Research and Pathology Building here.