Linking people, knowledge and first-class facilities in the pursuit of scientific discovery, the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine is well positioned to help solve existing and emerging animal and human health issues.
The anesthesiology section offers research opportunities in injectable anesthesia, shelter animal anesthesia, hemodynamic and pharmacokinetic evaluations and analgesics, the cardiorespiratory effects of inhalant anesthesia, and pain management in large, small and exotic animal species. For more information on anesthesiology research, please contact Dr. Jeff Ko.
The animal behavior section offers research opportunities in detecting, measuring, treating and preventing psychological stress in companion animals. For more information on animal behavior research, please contact Dr. Niwako Ogata.
The farm animal production medicine section offers research opportunities in beef and dairy medicine. This section provides expertise in metabolic disorders of dairy cows, dairy nutrition and theriogenology. This section's goal is to provide state-of-the-art advice for some of the most progressive beef producers in Indiana, while challenging Purdue University College of Veterinary students to provide these services upon graduation. For more information on services offered, please contact Dr. Bethany Funnell, Dr. Jennifer Koziol and Dr. Rafael Neves.
Comparative cardiovascular medicine research has included cardiovascular physiology studies in dogs, calves, cows, pigs, horses, and gray wolves. The VCS research laboratory is equipped to perform state-of-the-art in vivo cardiovascular studies, including myocardial energetics and systolic and diastolic performance (left ventricular pressure-volume relationship), high fidelity vascular pressure studies, aortic flow-velocity relationship (input impedance), cardiac output (thermodilution) using Swan-Ganz catheters, echocardiography and ultrasonographic determination of flow velocity within blood vessels, and conventional and signal-averaged electrocardiography. In vitro vascular ring and papillary muscle studies can also be performed.
Comparative oncology research includes work in invasive urinary bladder cancer (transitional cell carcinoma), lymphoma, and brain cancer. Purdue Comparative Oncology Program (PCOP) scientists are actively involved in the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research,including the Bladder Cancer Focus Group, and the Oncological Sciences Center at Purdue.
The PCOP team also participates in the Comparative Oncology Trials Consortium (COTC). The COTC is part of the Comparative Oncology Program at the National Institutes of Health. The COTC consists of veterinary oncologists all across the country that work together to perform clinical trials in dogs and cats with cancer. For more information on comparative oncology research, please contact Dr. Deborah Knapp or Dr. Michael Childress.
For more information on dairy production medicine research, please contact Dr. Jonathan Townsend.
For more information on endocrinology research, please contact Dr. Catharine Scott-Moncrieff.
Equine Orthopedic Surgery
Equine Soft Tissue and Reproductive Surgery
Equine Sports Medicine
The Donald J. McCrosky Equine Sports Medicine Center is dedicated to the education and support of horsemen and veterinarians through the study of the equine athlete. Graduate research and education uses both basic and applied science to study diseases and causes of decreased performance in equine athletes. For more information on equine sports medicine research, please contact Dr. Laurent Couëtil.
The emphasis at this time of the food animal group within the large animal surgery section includes urogenital surgery in all farm animal species. There are also opportunities to investigate intestinal surgery and motility. Recently, the section has been involved in collaborative work investigating farm animal conditions as models for human diseases. For more information on food animal surgery research, please contact Dr. Nickie Baird.
The neurology and neurosurgery group's research focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with brain disease, spinal cord disease, and disease of peripheral nerves and muscles. The goal of these efforts is to develop treatments that will benefit veterinary patients, and also provide potential translation to human patients.
Dr. Timothy Bentley has established ainvolving clinical trials for dogs with brain tumors, improved MRI diagnosis, and collaboration with brain tumor researchers from across the Purdue Campus and at the IU School of Medicine. He is currently enrolling cases in the CANINE ImunoNeuroThrapeutics trial out of the Univeristy of Alabama.
Dr. Stephanie Thomovsky is interested in research on seizure disorders and rehabilitation in the neurology patient. She is also the director of the physical rehabilitation services at Purdue and regularly performs physical therapy rehabilitation on animals with orthopedic and neurology abnormalities.
Dr. Lewis's main research interests include neurotrauma and neuroimaging with a focus on acute and chronic spinal cord injury in dogs. Her research involves developing novel clinical and imaging techniques to improve diagnosis and recovery from severe spinal cord injury. We are currently enrolling trials in dogs with spinal cord injury.
For more information on ophthalmology research, please contact Dr. Wendy Townsend.
The mission of the musculoskeletal research group is to improve the quality of care of animal and human orthopedic patients, by a combination of basic and translational research. The focus of the group is on equine fracture prevention and repair, arthritis, biocompatibility evaluation of traditional and biological orthopedic devices, muscle/tendon disease and repair, methods for preventing or treating orthopedic infections, peri-operative pain management, canine gait analysis and pediatric orthopedic conditions. Active research collaborations with researchers from within and outside Purdue University exist in these areas. Learn more>>
For more information on radiation oncology research, please contact Dr. Isabelle Vanhaezebrouck.
Small Animal Medicine
Small Animal Soft Tissue and Surgery
The Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery service offers intermittent research opportunities in local drug delivery, wound healing, oncologic surgery, tissue engineering, and clinical studies. Learn more>>
For more information on small animal soft tissue and surgery research, please contact Dr. Marije Risselada.
Swine Production Medicine
For more information on swine production medicine research, please contact Dr. Darryl Ragland.