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 well 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
Oscar Fletcher Retires, Ending an Era at NC State
It was during Oscar Fletcher's time as Dean that the CVM became a part of NC State’s Centennial Campus and that a landmark gift from Randall B. Terry transformed the campus, creating the enviable Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center...
Compounds Kill C. diff, Don’t Affect Other Gut Bacteria In Vitro
NC State researchers developed a drug-testing pipeline to help identify compounds that worked against the three stages of Clostridium difficile infection, and found that a compound that holds promise for treating antibiotic-resistant bacteria may also be able to control C. difficile infections by killing the harmful bacteria without affecting other bacteria in the gut. Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, is a bacterium that
June 2018 Research Roundup
A look at some of the newest published studies coming out of the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine A study co-authored by Luke Borst and Laura Edwards finds that mast cells exert anti-inflammatory properties in cases of chronic inflammatory bowel disease. The research, published in Mediators of Inflammation, offers new insight into the roles of