Research at OVC

Researchers at OVC conduct innovative, collaborative research aimed at improving the health and well-being of animals, humans, and ecosystems under a One Health paradigm. This 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. 
Our research strength stems from our collective expertise, collaborative partnerships, research infrastructure, patients, clients, and supportive donors that enable us to sustain and grow a world-class research enterprise. 
OVC is home to several research centres and institutes, including the Centre for Cardiovascular InvestigationsCentre for Public Health and Zoonoses, and the Institute for Comparative Cancer Investigation.

Research at OVC is performed according to six guiding principles

1. Excellence: We will strive to meet and sustain the highest international standards of excellence with respect to health research that integrates the health of animals, humans and the environment. We recognize that we cannot excel in all areas of research and therefore will focus on our internationally recognized areas of strength to develop and maintain a level of distinction and competitive advantage.
2. Uniqueness: We will make the most of our uniquely trained personnel, exceptional facilities, cutting-edge technologies and access to naturally occurring and experimental animal models of disease to provide distinctive perspectives, key contributions and valuable transformative resolutions to health problems afflicting domestic animals, wildlife and humans.
3. Collaboration: We will develop networks and encourage integrative, interdisciplinary collaborations between clinical and basic researchers, both internally and externally, to maximize utilization of our expertise, time and resources to achieve our research goals, build capacity and sustain productivity and competitiveness. 

4. Innovation: We will leverage our strengths in training and infrastructure to translate new ideas, creative approaches and novel discoveries into practical value through improved understanding, new effective tools and treatments and evidence-informed policies and practices that provide impact and translational change by solving health challenges affecting animals, humans and the environment. 

5. Communication: We will disseminate and communicate our research findings to inform colleagues, students, clients, industry and government stakeholders and the general public so that our newly generated knowledge can contribute to timely improvements in animal and human health and inform decision-makers and provide direction for health policy reform and development.
6. Training: We acknowledge the value of training highly qualified personnel because our graduates will become the scientists and leaders of our future. We will provide high quality graduate level training through didactic teaching, experiential learning, research programs and student mentoring in order to impart a solid understanding of rational approaches to investigating important biomedical disease problems, communicating effective solutions and preparing our graduate students for successful careers as scientists.