Our research is studying diseases that are important for companion animals. One of our projects is about equine Mesenchymal stem cells. Horses are very prone to wounds that occur on their lower legs because of their flight reaction. This is something that is clinically very challenging to treat, so we are looking into the use of stem cells to help heal these wounds in horses. Another project that we are working on is related to eye infections and cats caused by a Herpes virus that can in the end result in blindness. We developed a unique model recreating an eye in the laboratory to mimic the blinking of the eyes that allows us to work in a model system that is as close as possible to the living animal. We tested a drug called Raltegravir in this cornea model system and it reduced replication of the feline herpes virus by 80%. Even more excitingly, we’ve completed a small test and cats with Dr. Ledbetter, veterinary ophthalmologist at the College of Veterinary Medicine. He clinically examined the infected cats without knowing which ones had been treated with a drug, and the cats that had been treated had actually fewer problems in their eyes than the ones that had not. We are aiming for a research to push the field forward, not only the field of veterinary research as a whole, but also the field of veterinary medicine.