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Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine

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 ►Diagnostic Laboratory


 ►Field Services

 Food Animal and
      Camelid Hospital

As Chair of VDPAM, I am pleased to welcome you to our website and introduce you to our people and programs. VDPAM was created in 1997 to strategically grow the resources and emphasis in production animal medicine at the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine. Faculty from multiple disciplines were brought together into one department and focused their professional practice, teaching, research, outreach, and extension programs on advancing knowledge on best practices in production animal health and welfare.
VDPAM consists of approximately 55 faculty and 120 staff. We teach approximately 65 courses to veterinary students. VDPAM offers a certificate program and a graduate degree program in Veterinary Preventive Medicine and residency programs in large animal internal medicine, large animal surgery, clinical pharmacology, theriogenology, dairy and large animal specialty areas for the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. The Swine Medicine Education Center was established in 2011 and has quickly become an international resource for education of swine focused veterinary students and practitioners.
Our faculty and staff are extensively connected to and serve food animal agriculture through the ISU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory which utilizes world class technology to provide timely and comprehensive diagnostic services by coordination of 60,000-70,000 cases per year submitted from practicing veterinarians. VDPAM faculty and staff operate the Food Animal and Camelid Hospital, the ISU Veterinary Field Service, the ISU Embryo Transfer Service and the Food Animal Theriogenology Service units which provide the latest medical and surgical services and reproductive technologies to the region.
VDPAM prides itself in being connected to stakeholders through the professional services we provide. This rich clinical case base provides outstanding learning opportunities for our students and is often the source of questions that drive the focus of VDPAM research programs. Our research efforts contribute to improving global food security and growing animal agriculture in Iowa and the U.S. The research programs being conducted in VDPAM cover a wide range of topics including food animal infectious diseases, food safety, zoonotic diseases, toxicology, welfare and behavior, risk assessment, clinical pharmacology, quantitative epidemiology, research synthesis, evidence based medicine and other areas. An excellent way to understand the breadth, depth and impact of the research being conducted in VDPAM is to visit the VDPAM Google Scholar page.
Effective extension programs are core to the mission of a land grant university. Four VDPAM faculty have official appointments in Veterinary Extension. These individuals have responsibilities for beef, dairy, swine and poultry extension. VDPAM faculty also provide extension and outreach programs in small ruminant production medicine and our faculty are active in the Iowa Pork Industry Center, the Iowa Beef Center, and the Egg Industry Center, and the Center for Food Security and Public Health.
Browse through our pages and you'll learn more about our academic programs, our faculty, research and services. Read further about our MissionVision, Strategic Opertaional Plans, and our Governance Document. Please contact us for further information or to share any comments relevant to our programs.
Patrick G. Halbur DVM, MS, PhD
Professor and Chair of VDPAM and Executive Director of the ISU VDL
pghalbur@iastate.edu, 515-294-6970

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED)

  • see PED information here

Topics of Interest


University Holidays - VDL will be closed on:

  • November 26th and 27th (Thursday and Friday) - lab closed; (HATS closed Thursday; open Friday for afternoon run only, accepting samples until 3pm).

After-hours emergency service is available on weeknights, weekends, and during University holidays by calling our on-call student at 515-290-1969 who can assist and also provide access to diagnostic pathologists and toxicologists.


Swine Medicine Education Center

Humane Euthanasia


Grad Certificate in VDPAM