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The faculty in the department have active basic and clinical research programs. Much of the research involves clinical trials, while some faculty are involved in basic research. Some of the current research includes: investigation of nutrition and it’s relationship to disease, photodynamic treatment of cancer, endocrine dysfunction and it’s relationship to skin disease, studies in corneal disease and ocular pharmacology, new methods of managing animal pain, new diagnostic and research tools in nuclear medicine, combination radiotherapies for cancer, treatment of arthritis and physical therapy, the genetics of portosystemic shunt , and the diagnostic approach to intracranial injury.

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Faculty in the department regularly publish results of their research in nationally acclaimed journals and author numerous chapters in veterinary texts. The faculty average nearly two journal publications per year, along with book chapters and contributions to proceedings of national meetings. Because of their expertise and reputation, the departmental faculty serve on the review and/or editorial boards of numerous prestigious journals.  Each year, the faculty attend an SACS retreat for the purpose of evaluating departmental performance and planning goals and strategies for the coming year.

The departmental faculty are all actively involved in continuing education at the national and international levels. Faculty present research results and clinical expertise at various national specialty meetings, The American Veterinary Medical Association , The American Animal Hospital Association , The North American Veterinary Conference , Western States Veterinary Conference, and Central States Veterinary Conference, to name some. Faculty are regularly invited to give presentations to international veterinary groups, including numerous South American and European veterinary medical associations. Continuing Education is also provided for veterinarians in Tennessee and surrounding states through a series of programs presented at the UTCVM.

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