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Research in veterinary science is critical for the health and well-being of animals, including humans. Food safety, emerging infectious diseases, the development of new therapies, and the possibility of bioterrorism are examples of issues addressed by veterinary science that have an impact on both human and animal health. However, there is a lack of scientists engaged in veterinary research. Too few veterinarians pursue research careers, and there is a shortage of facilities and funding for conducting research. This report identifies questions and issues that veterinary research can help to address, and discusses the scientific expertise and infrastructure needed to meet the most critical research needs. The report finds that there is an urgent need to provide adequate resources for investigators, training programs, and facilities involved in veterinary research.

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National Research Council. 2005. Critical Needs for Research in Veterinary Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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238 pages |  6 x 9 | 

  • Paperback:  978-0-309-09660-7
  • Ebook:  978-0-309-16498-6
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Front Matter i-xvi
Summary 1-12
1 The Role of Veterinary Research in Human Society 13-20
2 Progress and Opportunities in Veterinary Research 21-50
3 Setting and Implementing an Agenda for Veterinary Research 51-82
4 Resources for Veterinary Research 83-144
5 An Assessment of Current and Projected Resource Needs for Research in Veterinary Science 145-168
References 169-178
Appendix A Statement of Task 179-182
Appendix B Committee Biographies 183-188
Appendix C Workshop on National Needs for Research in Veterinary Science 189-190
Appendix D Bioterrorism Agents 191-192
Appendix E University Centers for Agricultural Biosecurity 193-194
Appendix F Student Enrollment and Faculty Size in Colleges of Veterinary Medicine in the United States 195-196
Appendix G Research Expenditures for 27 Colleges of Veterinary Medicine 197-198
Appendix H Relationship Between Research Expenditures of Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Co-Location with Relevant Research Facilities 199-202
Appendix I Institutions or Organizations that Contribute Major Resources to Wildlife and Aquatic Health, Food Safety, and Well-Being 203-204
Appendix J R29, R37, and T32 Grants Awarded to Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Departments of Veterinary Sciences, FY 1993-FY 2003 205-208
Appendix K Research Facilities of the USDA Agricultural Research Service and Its Partners 209-214
Appendix L Issues and Concerns about Recruiting Students for Research Careers in Veterinary Science from AAVMC Symposium on Veterinary Graduate Education 215-216
Appendix M Recommendations in the NRC Report National Needs and Priorities for Veterinarians in Biomedical Research that Apply Broadly to Veterinary Research 217-218
Appendix N Examples of Funding Opportunities for Veterinary Research 219-222

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