Researchers at OVC conduct innovative, collaborative research aimed at improving the health and well-being of animals, humans and ecosystems. Work covers a broad range of disciplines ranging from basic laboratory investigation to epidemiological field studies to applied clinical research on companion and food animals as well as wildlife.

The college's research strength stems from its collective expertise, collaborative partnerships, research infrastructure, patients, clients and supportive donors that enable the OVC to sustain and grow a world-class research enterprise.

Research is performed within a framework of the following guiding principles: Excellence, Uniqueness, Collaboration, Innovation, Communication and Training.

Four departments and a teaching hospital provide a rich learning environment where academic lessons become knowledge through applied learning opportunities.

Biomedical Sciences provides unique opportunities for translating fundamental research into practical applications that enhance animal and human health, with expertise spanning disciplines including biomechanics, cancer biology, endocrinology, neuroscience, pharmacology and toxicology, and reproductive biotechnology.

Clinical Studies provides undergraduate and graduate-level training and research in areas related to clinical veterinary medicine including surgery, cardiology, neurology and internal medicine, with an emphasis on the health and well being of companion animals (dogs and cats as well as birds and exotic species), performance animals (primarily horses) and individual food-producing animals.

Pathobiology is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge in veterinary and comparative pathology, veterinary infectious diseases and immunology, with research interests ranging from the basic understanding of the mechanisms of disease caused by a wide range of agents (including emerging and zoonotic pathogens) to the different protective and pathological responses to host organisms.

Popluation Medicine understands that a healthy human population needs safe supplies of food and water and a healthy environment. Through our teaching and research, we help protect public health by ensuring food safety and promoting ecosystem health, with an emphasis on the prevention and control of zoonoses and other diseases in domestic animal populations.

The OVC Health Sciences Centre  is at the core of the college, offering outstanding medical and surgical care for small and large animals, while training future veterinarians in a challenging clinical environment. The hospital provides experiential, small-group learning that epitomizes the goals of the University of Guelph, while providing advancing the field of veterinary medicine through clinical service and research.