Research labs and programs

VCS faculty are actively involved in research across the many specialties represented in our Department, as well as in collaboration with other University colleges and centers, universities, foundations, and business and industry.  Explore a sampling of active research programs and pertinent resources through the information below.

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Canine Genetics Lab

Visit the Canine Genetics Lab website to learn more about the work being done to understand the cellular, molecular and genetic basis of inherited autoimmune, neuromuscular, neurological, and metabolic disorders of companion animal species.




Clinical Investigation Center

Led by VCS faculty, the Clinical Investigation Center facilitates veterinary clinical trials and translational research studies that may lead to new drugs, devices, procedures, and treatments for the benefit of animals and humans alike.

Comparative MRI Research Lab

The Comparative MRI Research Lab is focused on the development and application of advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologies to benefit both human and animal health. We work with investigators in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, and greater Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota to advance understanding and clinical management of a variety of diseases. We additionally support the small animal medical imaging service at the Veterinary Medical Center by helping bring the best available MRI technologies to advance patient care.

If you are a UMN researcher interested in utilizing the College of Veterinary Medicine's Siemens Prisma 3T MRI scanner, please find resources on th CVM MRI Research User Resources site.


Minnesota Urolith Center

The Minnesota Urolith Center is committed to the development of noninvasive methods that will consistently and safely cure and prevent diseases of the urinary system.

Visit the Minnesota Urolith Center's website to learn more about their work to enhance the quality and quantity of life of all creatures.

Modiano Cancer Lab

The Modiano Lab's research is dedicated to understanding what causes cancer and what drives its behaviors, turning that knowledge into better treatments and, ultimately, fewer cases of cancer in animals and humans. 

Learn more about the work of the Modiano Lab by visiting their website. 



Surgical Research Laboratory

Advancing Orthopedic Health in Animals and Humans.

What We Are:
The Surgical Research Laboratory (SRL) is located in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota as a component of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and serves as a resource for the conduct of basic and applied comparative orthopedic research.

What We Do:
Our clinicians are board-certified veterinary surgeons whose research is at the global leading edge of orthopedic research in animal models of human disease as well as veterinary clinical trials.

Our Mission:
Our mission is to perform fundamental, translational and clinical research that benefits the orthopedic health of both animals and people, and to provide an educational conduit for the benefit of undergraduate and graduate students as well as residents training in veterinary medicine.