Swine Health and Production Medicine
NC State Veterinary Swine Health & Production Medicine faculty and staff are actively engaged with the North Carolina swine industry through research and outreach and are committed to training future veterinarians to serve the industry and private clients. We provide undergraduate, veterinary, and postgraduate instruction in swine health. Faculty members are also actively engaged in the international swine industry, including a training program for international veterinarians who desire to learn more about large scale swine production in order to improve the health of swine in their countries.
Veterinary Swine Health and Production Medicine faculty provide direct instruction to DVM students and graduate students. Faculty members also mentor students through summer research projects and experiences in research laboratories. They are 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 swine-health related research and becoming academic clinicians can further their expertise. Graduate students work closely with faculty who direct them in swine health studies and research including studies focused on reproductive physiology and immunology, molecular epidemiology, and gastrointestinal physiology. Additionally, the swine-health faculty is extensively involved the Food Animal Focus Area.
In addition to course work in swine health management as well as clinical rotations, students also have access to the CVM Teaching Animal Unit (TAU), a unique working farm where we emulate the real-life conditions of swine production. Students can round out their swine experience through swine selectives.
Faculty members focus primarily in the following areas of research:
- Reproductive physiology and immunology research is aimed at investigating the influence of cytokines and the immune system on corpus luteum function in the pig.
- Molecular epidemiology is focused on understanding important multidrug resistant (MDR) food borne pathogens at the pre-harvest and post-harvest food safety levels with the specific goal to determine the dynamics of Salmonella, Campylobacter and Clostridium in swine, retail meat and humans.
- Gastrointestinal physiology seeks to understand the pathophysiology of important enteric disease affecting swine with the ultimate goal of identifying improved prevention and therapeutic strategies to mitigate these costly diseases. Â Special emphasis is on stress physiology of the pig and its role in swine intestinal health and disease susceptibility.