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Social and Animal Welfare

Land-grant colleges, such as the University of Minnesota, have a research mission to promote animal, human, and environmental health. By providing research funding to multiple colleges throughout the University, MAES funds research in both animal and social sciences. Significantly, the University's unique urban location allows for research studies that would be impossible for many other land-grant institutions.

For information on the latest social and animal welfare research please visit the features and impacts page.

Veterinary Medicine and Animal Welfare

Often Vet Med and Animal Science researchers work in hand-in-hand to protect consumers, producers, and agriculture animals. From researching emerging farm animal diseases to developing treatments for family pets, University scientists are on the cutting edge of veterinary and animal welfare issues.

Housing and Family Life

The U of M’s unique metropolitan location makes it an ideal place to study urban and affordable housing. Social science researchers are taking a close look at families and how everything from finances to divorce affects today's family unit.

Education and Healthy Living

From food safety and childhood obesity to economic education and the STEM Education Center, University researchers are committed to educating people throughout the world on how to live healthier, happier lives.

Swine housing facility at MorrisYuzhi Li and her team are exploring how to utilize Social Network Analysis to predict development of tail biting, and identify potential tail biters and victimized pigs. They hypothesize that tail biting behavior is a consequence of unbalanced or disturbed social structure, which can occur and spread through undesired social interactions.

Piglets.Fabio Vannucci and his research team are working to understand the shedding patterns of Senecavirus A (SVA) in the semen of experimentally-infected boars linked with the transmission by artificial insemination to sows and the subsequent impact on the production of piglets.  

Srinand Sreevatsan and his research team are working to develop a versatile, safe, and orally or intranasally administered vaccine platform against infectious diseases of animals based on purified target antigens adsorbed to alginate nanoparticles.