Understanding and Reducing Disease in Animal Populations
The Department of Population Health and Pathobiology trains doctors of veterinary medicine who will specialize in understanding and reducing disease in animal populations, particularly food animals. Disease in these populations poses serious risks to food safety, has economic implications, and, in cases where the disease is communicable to humans, is a significant public health hazard.
Our faculty are recognized experts in the fields of epidemiology and public health, microbiology and immunology, parasitology, pathology, poultry, ruminant, and swine health management, as will as pharmacology and risk assessment. Our goals are to advance veterinary medical science through innovative basic and applied research, and by mentoring and inspiring students, providing world-class clinical and diagnostic services, and offering the public the latest knowledge through innovative extension and engagement activities.
The department is also responsible for the Teaching Animal Unit, a unique real-farm environment in which Veterinary Medicine students learn husbandry, production management, and routine procedures used in livestock production.
Population Health and Pathobiology in the News
Cowabunga’s Incredible Journeys
Harrison Dudley knew he wanted to practice large animal medicine, but he also knew he lacked something very important: hands-on experience. “I did not grow up around cattle production, so as a student I felt like I had a lot of catching up to do,” he said. So during his first year at the NC
Looks that Thrill: CVM Excels in Research Image Contest
One is a stark look into the determined eyes of a farmer in Ethiopia working to eradicate disease that’s threatening livestock. The other, a hypnotic video showing the tiny beating heart of an embryonic zebrafish that could one day lead to new treatments for heart disease...