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Vet J. 2012 Jul;193(1):12-23. doi: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2012.01.002. Epub 2012 Feb 24.

Nanomedicine and veterinary science: the reality and the practicality.

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  • 1School of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland, Gatton Campus, Gatton, QL 4343, Australia.


Nanomedicine is a rapidly expanding field with a promising future that is already permeating veterinary science. This review summarises the current applications for nanoparticles in human medicine and explores their potential applicability for veterinary use. The principles underlying the use of nanoparticles in drug delivery, imaging and as vaccine adjuvants are explored along with the unique issues surrounding nanoparticle toxicity and regulatory approval. A brief overview of the properties of different nanoparticle systems including, liposomes, micelles, emulsions and inorganic nanoparticles, is provided, along with a description of their current and potential future applications in veterinary medicine.

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