Veterinary & Comparative Immunology

Veterinary immunology involves the study of all aspects of the immune system in animals. It is a branch underneath life science and associated with zoological science and veterinary sciences. Similar to humans, animals also faces several diseases caused when organisms try to invade their body, or when their immune system does not function properly. Most of wild, domestic, and farm animals are always exposed to a whole range of dangerous bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which threaten their life and make their lives in danger. Animal infections also affect human’s life, like food and agriculture. Spreading of animal infections is also easy through transmission across the species barrier to infect human’s life and vice-versa, and the process is referred to as zoonosis.

Comparative immunology is derived from zoology and immunology which examines the immune systems during evolution. We currently understand that invertebrates have molecules that share similarity with a number of those in vertebrates. Acquired immunity first appeared in the vertebrates, but before then innate immune systems had been successfully defending invertebrates and plants against microbial infections for hundreds of millions of years. 

  • Hematopoiesis and Development
  • Immunoprophylaxis
  • Differentiation and Selection

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