Dr. Richard Uwiera is a Professor within the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, a fully licenced veterinarian, and the University of Alberta Veterinary Pathologist. At the University of Alberta, he is a Faculty member of Agricultural, Life and Nutritional Sciences with part-time secondment to the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry.  

His research is focused on enhanced intestinal health and performance in livestock and understanding the pathophysiology of intestinal disease. Within the context of the SMART Network and in collaboration with Dr. Vivian Mushahwar, he explores the application of animal models to further scientific discovery. This includes the development of small and large animal surgical models and unique anesthetic and treatment protocols to investigate spinal cord and extra-spinal cord injury.