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
Hackathon Empowers CVM Students to Think Boldly
FarmSpeak is a simple idea that’s simply brilliant. The phone app helps crumble communication barriers between farmers, their non-English speaking employees and the veterinarians who work with them both. And it all came together in 20 hours. Trey Cook, a second-year NC State College of Veterinary Medicine student, and a team of former strangers created
CVM Students Honored as Future Swine Vet Leaders
The American Association of Swine Veterinarians Foundation has awarded several NC State College of Veterinary Medicine students with scholarships recognizing them as extraordinary future leaders in their field. Kayla Castevens and Elizabeth Noblett, both of the Class of 2020, and the Class of 2021’s Jamie Madigan received $5,000 from the AASVF and Merck Animal Health
A Passion for Poultry Health
She begins, as she usually does, with a smile and a laugh. “I need to show you something,” Rocio Crespo, NC State College of Veterinary Medicine’s new professor of poultry health management, says from behind her desk. In one swift movement she turns her chair around, switches her computer off sleep mode and pulls up