The discipline of Clinical Veterinary Medicine is a national key discipline including three subjects: Veterinary Internal Medicine and Diagnostics, Veterinary Surgery and Obstetrics, Chinese Veterinary Medicine, and an animal hospital. Among them, Veterinary Internal Medicine, Veterinary Surgery and other master's subjects are the earliest clinical subjects in China. The subject of Clinical Veterinary Medicine is now both a Key Subject of Jiangsu Province and a National Key Subject. In the Wushulian Chinese University Ranking and China's Graduate Education Ranking, it was ranked the first in its class for several times.
For a long time, the Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine has focused on the frontier issues in clinical veterinary medicine and the practical demand for development of animal husbandry and veterinary medicine in China, consistently advanced orientations of discipline construction, expanded the research content, and formed six distinctive postgraduate research directions, which are Animal Clinical Nutrition with Immunology and Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases, Animal Toxonosis and Animal Product Safety, Veterinary Surgery Pathology and Experimental Surgery, Animal Reproduction and Obstetric Diseases, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and Integrated Chinese and Western Veterinary Medicines, and Small Animal Diseases. The researchers of the department have obtained innovative research results at international levels in the aspects of the relationship between selenium and animal immunity and disease resistance, the pathogenesis and prevention of broiler ascites syndrome, new multi-functional biological feed additives, and new green mycotoxin detoxification agents, contributing greatly to the prevention and control of animal nutritional and metabolic diseases, food safety and human health in China. They have set two agricultural industry standards and eight local standards in Jiangsu Province, and have won a series of provincial and/or national awards on technological invention or science and technology progress.
In the department, there are 31 faculty and staff members, including 10 professors, and 11 associate professors or senior veterinarians. Eight of the professors are doctoral supervisors, and six are master's supervisors. Of all the instructors, 14 have doctoral degrees, two enjoy special government allowance from the State Council, one had been awarded as an outstanding young or middle-aged expert of the Ministry of Agriculture, one has been selected as one of the second-level talents of the Jiangsu Province “333 Project”, and two have been honored as outstanding young backbone teachers of the Jiangsu Province “Qinglan Project”.
The department has always attached great importance to talent training, with the discipline of Veterinary Medicine as a brand specialty of institutions of higher education in Jiangsu Province and a characteristic specialty of the Ministry of Education. The department’s major work is in training undergraduate students majoring in clinical learning and clinical practice, enrolling about 150 undergraduates every year. At present, the professors are instructing about 120 academic master students, about 30 academic doctoral students (including six international students), and about 60 professional masters and doctoral students. With heavy workload of teaching, the faculty member take great efforts in improving management, employing their academic advantages, strengthening clinical practice, raising teaching quality, and training qualified veterinary talents for the country and society.
The department owns three university-level research laboratories, including “the Laboratory of Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases of Livestock and Poultry”, “the Small Animal Disease Research laboratory” and “the Integrated Chinese and Western Veterinary Medicine Research Laboratory”, and have formed several distinctive research directions, such as “Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases of Livestock and Poultry”, “Livestock Toxonosis”, “Livestock and Poultry Skeletal Biology”, “Small Animal Disease”, “Reproductive Biology and Reproductive Disease Control” and “Integrated Chinese and Western Veterinary Medicine”. In recent years, the department has undertaken research programs of the National “973” and “863” Projects, the “Science and Technology Supporting Program”, the “National Natural Science Foundation” program, and other state-level, ministerial, provincial or municipal scientific research projects and international cooperation projects, with an average annual funding of about five million RMB. Each year, more than 50 high-quality scientific research papers are published in key journals, including over 20 papers published in SCI journals. The faculty members meet the standard of domestic leading level or even international advanced level in research on animal nutritional and metabolic diseases and toxonosis, integrated Chinese and Western veterinary medicine, bone and joint diseases of livestock and poultry and obstetric diseases, have won 12 provincial-level science and technology awards, and have been authorized with 30 national invention patents and two national certificates of new veterinary drugs.
Over the years, the faculty and staff of the department have solved practical problems in livestock production in time through veterinary hospital and external services which covers the entire province of Jiangsu, and neighboring areas in north Henan, Shandong, Anhui, Hebei, east Shanghai, Zhejiang, south Jiangxi, Guangxi and other provinces in the country with an average annual diagnosis and treatment of livestock and poultry of over 10,000 cases, and effectively vaccinating or treating five million domestic animals, which is an important contribution to the development of animal husbandry and human health in China
The department actively carries out international academic exchanges and cooperation. In recent years, 30 faculty members have been abroad for further education on doctoral degrees, for independent and/or cooperative research programs, have had frequently exchanged visits to and from relevant universities and research institutions in the United States, Japan, Canada, Denmark, Australia, and the United Kingdom, and have hosted regularly international veterinary acupuncture and Chinese medicine training courses which have trained a large number of international talents on Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.