About Us

A vital and sustainable research community like EBRC has a substantial momentum for future development.

Our Vision

Our vision for the next five years is to build the European Centre of Excellence in Animal Bioscience and to create alongside it a pre-eminent capability for interdisciplinary research on farming systems and rural structures.

Achievement of this vision will involve continued investment in buildings and people and initiatives that bring these inputs together to meet the needs of a changing world and the UK research community.

How does the EBRC work?

Around 600 scientists from The Roslin Institute, the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and the Moredun Research Institute work through the EBRC to streamline research on animal diseases and its implications for human health.

EBRC research has a large focus on animal and human health and this includes identifying new and emerging diseases that can pass from livestock and wild animals to humans and understanding the ways in which these diseases work.

The EBRC is a powerful alliance of basic research, applied research and clinical veterinary expertise. EBRC scientists with common and complimentary interests in research work closely together to develop effective disease controls and treatments, improved food safety, improved animal welfare and sustainable management of farm animals.

The EBRC offers mechanisms and forums for sharing resources and expertise as well as providing an outstanding environment for teaching and training scientists at all stages of their careers.


The EBRC has an executive composed of the four heads of the EBRC organisations:

  • Professor David Hume (Director of The Roslin Institute)
  • Professor Julie Fitzpatrick (Scientific Director of the Moredun Research Institute)
  • Professor David Argyle (Head of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies)
  • Janet Swadling (acting CEO of Scotland’s Rural College)

The EBRC executive group meets quarterly to overview the strategic relationship.

Who funds the EBRC partners?

The EBRC is supported by a programme partnership agreement with Pfizer Animal Health (now Zoetis), initially £1.5M over 5 years.

Many collaborative projects are funded or part-funded across the EBRC from this pool and from joint applications to other sources. Our main funders are: