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Office of Research

"The Office of Research conducts applied research in support of current and evolving FDA regulatory issues. We work with our customers to provide research solutions that ensure the safety of animal derived food and animal health products. We seek to develop an internationally recognized research program."

CVM is fortunate to have a state-of-the-art research complex containing offices, laboratories, animal buildings, and pastures. This facility includes mass spectrometry, microbiology, whole-genome sequencing, and stem cell  laboratories; analytical instrument rooms; a radiolabeled materials laboratory; and many specialized laboratories designed for multidisciplinary studies. The animal research buildings accommodate beef cattle, dairy cattle, calves, swine, sheep, poultry, and a variety of aquatic species.

Investigators at the Office of Research possess expertise in a wide variety of scientific disciplines, including veterinary medicine, animal science, biology, stem cell physiology, molecular biology, chemistry, genomics, proteomics, microbiology, immunology, physiology, epidemiology, pathology, aquaculture, and pharmacology.

The Office of Research's responsibilities include the following:

  • Develop and validate quantitative and qualitative analytical procedures for analyzing drugs, additives, and contaminants in animal tissues and feed.
  • Investigate the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of drugs, feed additives, and contaminants in food animals (including minor species).
  • Develop models for determining the safety and efficacy of veterinary drugs and food additives in domestic animals.
  • Investigate the effects of drugs, food additives, and contaminants on immunological and physiological functions of domestic animals.
  • Evaluate screening tests for drug residues in animal-derived foods.
  • Investigate interactions between genetic factors and metabolism/disposition of drugs in food-producing animals.
  • Evaluate rapid screening tests for detecting foodborne pathogens in animal feed and the environment.
  • Develop methods for in vitro antimicrobial sensitivity testing and phenotypic and genotypic characteristics of bacteria.
  • Investigate mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance.
  • Investigate the effects of antimicrobial use in animals on
    • Efficacy against pathogens.
    • Changes in the microbial ecology of the host and environment.
    • Development of antimicrobial resistance in pathogenic and commensal microorganisms.
  • Determine the characteristics of drug resistant pathogens in the environment.
  • Evaluate the general microbiological quality of feed/feedstuffs before and after processing.
  • Investigate potential biomarkers for animal diseases and for therapeutic response to pharmaceuticals.
  • Develop methods for the identification of genetically engineered animals and animal products.
  • Investigate the physiology and growth of stem cells to ultimately use in veterinary therapeutics and stem cell therapies.

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