Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Bringing innovation and community together to advance animal and human health
The University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine research facilities are located at two campuses; Foothills and Spy Hill. The 225,000 sq. ft. of teaching and research space across the two sites provides UCVM with a world class research environment and infrastructure.
The deliberate integration of UCVM research space with that of the Cumming School of Medicine at the Foothills campus provides a unique environment for comparative medical and One Health research. At the Foothills Campus, in addition to offices, classrooms, the library, and state of the art research laboratories, UCVM has developed a place that creates a sense of identity within the Health Sciences Complex shared with the Faculty of Medicine. The co-location of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine research labs with the Cumming School of Medicine’s Research Institutes brings animal and human health researchers together fostering collaboration and promoting interdisciplinary research.
The University of Calgary has established research platforms providing many of the essential technologies that support contemporary biomedical research across many domains of activity (genomics, proteomics, cellular and medical imaging, and bioinformatics). UCVM faculty have access to the technology platforms available in the Centre for Advanced Technologies, including the following:
The Western Canadian Microbiome Centre (WCMC) is one of the five grand challenges identified by the Infections, Inflammation, and Chronic Diseases in the Changing Environment (IICD) research strategy at the University of Calgary. The WCMC will provide investigators with the opportunity to test specific variables in an environment that combines scientific expertise, innovative facilities, and industry participation. Features of the facility include expertise in germ-free and gnotobiotic models; in-vivo and in-vitro imaging; human microbiota, as well as innovative technology in areas such as microbial biofilms; genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics analytics, and access to unique environmental systems such as the Alberta oilsands and agriculture and livestock populations.
The Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets (ACWA) Microbiology Laboratory is used to investigate antimicrobial resistance and transmission, and support enteric pathogen diagnostics and surveillance in wastewaters. This laboratory is shared by researchers from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the Cummings School of Medicine. It is also available to other members of the University of Calgary, the Alberta Provincial Laboratory for Public Health (ProvLab), Calgary Laboratory Services and the Public Health Agency of Canada for ACWA research collaborations. The facilities have the capacity for investigating the full range of pathogens (bacteria, parasites and viruses) found in wastewaters.
Research activities are also supported at Spy Hill campus which houses the Clinical Skills Building, the Veterinary Sciences Research Station, and the Wildlife Research Station. This comprises 240 acres of land, housing over 100 cattle, dozens of horses, pig, sheep, and alternative hoofstock. Although primarily dedicated to hands-on teaching for the DVM program, Spy Hill campus is also the site for veterinary clinical research.
The Clinical Skills Building also houses the UCVM Diagnostic Services Unit, whereby the faculty offers fee-for-service veterinary diagnostic anatomic pathology and histopathology services to researchers and the veterinary community. The DSU is committed to advancing the education, research, and scholarly programs within UCVM and the broader research community by providing accessible, high quality pathobiology expertise and services.