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
CVM Students Take Home AASV Accolades
The American Association of Swine Veterinarians Foundation has singled out several NC State College of Veterinary Medicine students for its list of honors this year. Megan Hood, class of 2019, was awarded a $1,500 scholarship, funded by Elanco Animal Health. Hood is one of just 15 veterinary students nationwide to earn an AASV Foundation
CVM Students Receive Poultry Health Scholarships
Three NC State College of Veterinary Medicine students have been awarded scholarships recognizing dedication to poultry health. Kaytee McCullough and Katie Venters, both of the class of 2019, and Dallas Clontz, class of 2020, are among the 10 veterinary students nationwide receiving $5,000 scholarships from Merck Animal Health and the American Association of Avian Pathologists
Computers Discover Compounds That Could Reduce Listeria’s Virulence
In a proof-of-concept study, researchers from North Carolina State University have pinpointed new compounds that may be effective in containing the virulence – or ability to produce disease – of Listeria, a well-known bacterium that can cause severe food poisoning and even death. Listeria is most commonly found in soil. Humans come into contact with Listeria via contaminated meat