There is increasing emphasis on organizing research at OVC  into programs, centers and institutes to exploit existing expertise, the acquisition of infrastructure and to remain competitive through collaboration. 

As part of strategic research planning, several key programs of research strength were identified that are internationally recognized as innovative and unique, producing research of excellent quality and stature. These research strength areas are derived from programs that are consistently productive and have made major contributions to animal health and welfare. 

We acknowledge that research at OVC is diverse, involving important fields of investigation that may not be included in our areas of strength, yet represent core areas that are essential to our mandate.
We recognize that research is a dynamic process; therefore, we support evolving or emerging programs that address new health research issues of greatest need for which we have expertise and a developing critical mass.