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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.

Anup Johny has gathered an integrated, multi-college/department team to determine the efficacy of the combination of the dairy-originated probiotic, an industry vaccine, and two essential oils, against three emerging Salmonella serovars with potential to cause foodborne outbreaks, using applied microbiology, microbiome analysis, immunology, and genomics approaches.

Sagar Goyal and his team are working to develop new diagnostic strategies for Porcine circovirus type 3. The virus, which was first discovered in the U.S. in 2016 and has sense spread to multiple countries, is associated with systemic vasculitis/myocarditis, porcine dermatitis and nephropathy syndrome and reproductive disorders. 

Brian Crooker and his team are working to discover a better understanding of genetic polymorphisms beneficial to mastitis resistance. Such a discovery would strengthen gene-assisted selection efforts designed to enhance the prevalence of beneficial genes and quicken the pace towards reducing incidence and severity of mastitis in the dairy cow.