UCD Research archives

2022

January 2022

Test tube foals: A reality, but still a lot to learn

March 2022

Irish network for biting midges and mosquitoes 

April 2022

Does bone density in small animals decrease with age? A radiographic and CT study

May 2022

Managing self during a PhD: Exploring the development of Intrapersonal skills

June 2022

Oral cannabinoids and osteoarthritis pain management in dogs

July 2022

Role of vet in equine genetic disease testing

August 2022

’One Health’ Comparative Oncology Research

September 2022

Transition cow management and cattle fertility

2021

January 2021

Research into the behaviour, health, welfare and ecology of deer in Ireland

February 2021

Supporting the national bovine TB eradication programme
Professor Eamonn Gormley from the School of Veterinary Medicine at UCD describes how the activities of the Tuberculosis Diagnostics and Immunology Research Laboratory support the national bovine tuberculosis eradication programme

March 2021

Researchers play important role in combatting the pandemic
Researchers from the School of Veterinary Medicine have been playing their part in trying to combat the Covid-19 pandemic

April 2021

Biology at the nanoscale: probing the molecular phenomena at the nano-bio interface
Dr Sourav Bhattacharjee from the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine outlines his research activities which encompass nanomedicine, biophotonics and quantitative structure-activity relationship

May 2021

Basic alpaca husbandry and medicine
Victoria Rhodes, UCD Veterinary Hospital, University College Dublin; Fay Pooley, Scarsdale Vets, Derby, United Kingdom; and Marijke Beltman, UCD Veterinary Hospital, University College Dublin, outline some basic husbandry and medicine of alpacas

June 2021 (1)

Engaging the equine community in research advances through the use of podcasts
In order to benefit the general community of horse owners, trainers, breeders and enthusiasts, it is essential that the  need to educate them in the latest advances in equine science and welfare is achieved. One method that has proved successful in bringing scientific discovery to this community are podcasts called “Conversations in Equine Science”.  

June 2021 (2)

Design of an Irish Veterinary Animal Behaviour YouTube channel
Researchers at University College Dublin are planning a number of focus groups to investigate how best to support Irish veterinary professionals in providing quality animal behaviour/training advice.

July 2021

Role of urinary biomarkers in investigating AKI in dogs
Researchers at University College Dublin are investigating urinary biomarkers as early markers to detect acute kidney injury (AKI) in dogs in order to prevent more severe and chronic damages commonly associated with AKI

August 2021

Effect of Digitisation of Veterinary Radiography Processing Systems on Image Quality and Radiation Safety
The diagnostic imaging unit in the UCD Veterinary Hospital has a longstanding clinical research history assessing radiographic image quality and radiation safety risks. Longitudinal studies on the effect of changing technologies are ongoing, often with the co-operation of veterinary practitioners from all around the Island of Ireland. Changes in the legislation under the Basic Standards Directive (EU Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom of 5 December, 2013) are now reflected by the revised Code of practice on the Application of the Ionising Radiation Regulation (IRR19) in Veterinary Medicine published in 2020.

September 2021

Finding threats in the wild that may affect us in the future
More and more antibiotics/antimicrobials that were once highly effective at protecting animals and humans against disease, are now becoming less and less effective as bacteria evolve ways to resist them

October 2021

Monitoring Surface Water in Public Amenity Areas: A One Health Approach
Water is an important natural asset and surface waters sustain important ecological systems while providing a habitat for many different biological communities. If not managed properly, it may serve as a reservoir and source of pollutants (physical, chemical, and biological) that are hazardous to health. This fact highlights the important link to the One Health concept that human health, animal health, and environmental health are all innately interrelated.

November 2021

Veterinary student summer research projects update
Dr Alison Reynolds provides an overview of undergraduate summer research projects

December 2021

Portal hypertension associated with end-stage liver disease and microRNA analysis
University College Dublin Veterinary Hospital is investigating the potential use of microRNAs as biomarkers to aid decision making in cases of canine liver disease with portal hypertension

2020

January 2020

An overview of ongoing small-animal research
Dr Ronan Mullins, assistant professor of small animal surgery, University College Dublin, gives an overview of some of the interesting ongoing research that is taking place in the college’s Small Animal Surgery Department

February 2020

Productivity, animal health and the environment
This month, Finbar Mulligan, associate professor at the School of Veterinary Medicine, shares an update on the dairy nutrition research that is taking place at UCD Lyons Far

March 2020

Characterisation and cytomorphometic diagnostic test for canine lymphoma
Peter James O’Brien, head of clinical pathology, and his global team of five summer students report on completion of a rapid test for canine lymphoma

May 2020

Common feline behaviour problems
A collaborative research project on veterinary professionals’ understanding of common feline behaviour problems and use of ‘cat-friendly’ practices found that there is a need for formal training in these areas

June 2020

How ‘omics’ are contributing to sustainable animal production
Torres Sweeney, full professor of animal genomics at the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine gives an overview of how ‘omics’ technologies are contributing to sustainable animal production

July 2020

Mechanisms of inflammation in primary immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia
Researchers at University College Dublin are investigating mechanisms involved in primary immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia in dogs through microRNA evaluation

August 2020

Bringing genomics into bovine tuberculosis control in Ireland
Dr Joseph Crispell and Professor Stephen Gordon from University College Dublin, talk about a recently funded project that aims to use bacterial genomics to help control bovine tuberculosis across Ireland

September 2020

A practical approach to simple procedures in pet pigs
As pet pigs become more popular in Ireland, vets are likely to encounter them on their routine callouts. In this article, researchers outline a practical approach to some simple procedures that can be done on farm, as well as sedation protocols, that will make these encounters safer and less stressful for vet, animal and owner

October 2020

Reflective practice in veterinary medical and nursing education – what does the literature tell us?
Researchers at University College Dublin are investigating evidence-based educational practices to improve learner outcomes in the area of reflective practice

November 2020

A 'one-health' approach to the study of hepatitis E virus
Researchers at University College Dublin are currently investigating the presence of hepatitis E virus in human sewage and Irish waterways. Here, Dr Nicola Fletcher presents an overview of a 'one-health' approach to the study of hepatitis E virus

December 2020

An overview of ongoing small-animal research
Dr Marie-Pauline Maurin, assistant professor of small-animal surgery, University College Dublin, gives an overview of some of the interesting ongoing research that is taking place in the college’s Small Animal Surgery Department

2019

February 2019

Racetrack opportunity and success – the ‘Speed Gene’ test
A collaborative research study between UCD and global equine science company,
Plusvital, led to an investigation into the economic outcome when thoroughbred horses
are run over optimal or sub-optimal distances as defined by the ‘Speed Gene’ test. This
article provides an overview of the investigation

March 2019

An exploration of markers of iron defi ciency in dogs
UCD researchers are examining the biomarkers of iron status of dogs with confirmed and
suspected iron deficiency with a view to improving diagnoses and care of impacted animals

April 2019

Dairy nutrition research: low milk fat percentage
Orla Neville’s current research hopes to shed further light on the significant issue of milk fat
depression and low milk fat percentage on Irish dairy farms

May 2019

Investigation of the relationship between helminths, the host immune system and intestinal dysbiosis in horses
Researchers at University College Dublin are currently investigating ways to provide better diagnostics and treatment of horses at risk from acute larval cyathostominosis

June 2019

Oral delivery of unstable bioactive components sourced from food: formulation and assessment
Oral delivery is the preferred route for bioactive components sourced from food.
Researchers at University College Dublin are working on formulating bioactive components, which are currently unstable and poorly absorbed to unlock their desired physiological effects

July 2019

Tick-borne diseases in Ireland
Researchers at University College Dublin are evaluating the prevalence of selected tickborne diseases in Ireland

August 2019

Canine demodicosis and the role of demodex mites in rosacea
Researchers at University College Dublin are investigating the pathogenesis of canine demodicosis and the role of demodex mites in rosacea – a one health approach

November 2019

UCD summer research update
Alison Reynolds, assistant professor in veterinary biosciences, University College Dublin, provides an update on some of the research projects that students undertook this summer