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
Training the Next Generation of Large Animal Veterinarians in Effective Drug Use
Research on drug contamination and effective antibiotic practices for large animals is consistently conducted on campus. Out back, the CVM’s distinctive Teaching Animal Unit and herd of cows is a daily reminder that this type of veterinary medicine work isn’t just important...
Tackling Osteosarcoma in People and Pet Dogs
In humans, osteosarcoma most often strikes teens and sometimes kids even younger. In dogs, osteosarcoma is most common in large and giant breeds, such as Great Danes, Rottweilers and Saint Bernards. There hasn’t been any notable progress in the treatment and survival of human or dog patients with osteosarcoma in the last 30 years...