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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.

An analysis of the economic impact of the northern grape industry uncovers continued growth and opportunities.

Pandas are one of most beloved and most endangered animals on the planet but their future is far from certain. U of M researchers, using genetic analysis methods often used for livestock, analyzed wild and captive panda populations in China.

In an effort to unsure proper care of the growing elder popularion in Minnesota, UMN social scientists developed the Vital Involvement (VI) construct. They are now working closely with local organizations to ensure proper training and understanding of the VI among service providers.