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Population Health and Pathobiology

Department of Population Health and Pathobiology

We educate new generations of experts in the field of food animal health and epidemiology and develop solutions that reduce the health and economic risks of animal-transmitted diseases.

Microbiology and Immunology

Infectious diseases in animals are dangerous to the animal, can wreak havoc on herds, and pose serious threats to food producers. Veterinary microbiologists specialize in the study of microbial (bacterial, fungal, viral) diseases of domesticated vertebrate animals (livestock, companion animals, fur-bearing animals, game, poultry, fish) that supply food, other useful products or companionship. Specialty areas in this field include bacteriology, mycology, virology, parasitology, or immunology.

NC State Veterinary Medicine Microbiology and Immunology faculty and staff are dedicated to advancing the field and to teaching, research, and outreach programs that are responsive to the present and future needs of students, food producers, animal owners, the veterinary profession, and scientific communities. We provide veterinary and postgraduate instruction.

Our faculty are involved in research in numerous areas of …

We serve the public through active extension and engagement programs that include …

The Microbiology and Immunology faculty provides instruction in the professional veterinary and graduate curricula and is extensively involved the Comparative Biomedical Sciences graduate program, which can also lead to a combined DVM/PhD program.  Through this program veterinary students interested in research and becoming academic clinicians can further their expertise. Faculty also mentor and instruct students involved in various focus areas.


Megan Jacob, MS, PhD

Population Health and Pathobiology

Susan Tonkonogy, PhD

Population Health and Pathobiology