The faculties of the department include tenured and tenured track faculty, joint faculty, and adjunct faculty. They provide instruction in the veterinary curriculum in the area of microbiology and infectious diseases as well as teach courses for the department's graduate programs. In addition, faculty from other departments and federal laboratories participate in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine’s (VMPM) graduate programs (Table 1). An additional strength of VMPM includes a high level of sponsored research funds per tenure-track faculty member.
The Department of VMPM maintains several formal cooperative research programs with other units of the University, including Zoology and Genetics, Animal Science, and three USDA laboratories (National Animal Disease Center, National Veterinary Services Laboratories, and the National Soil Tilth Laboratory). Some graduate students conduct their research at these USDA laboratories.
The Department adheres to all university guidelines including those pertaining to academic dishonesty, disability accommodation, harassment and discrimination and others.
Clinical application of basic science.
Structure and function of the immune system in animals.
Bacteria and fungi of veterinary importance with emphasis on mechanisms of disease production and laboratory diagnostic procedures.
The nature and ecology of animal viruses; pathogenesis of viral diseases; the role of the immune response in pathogenesis and immunity to viral diseases.
Principles and practice of epidemiology. Relationships of animals to human health and well being, including zoonotic diseases, sanitation of food products of animal origin, water safety and handling of animal wastes.
Significant persons, noteworthy events, and pivotal scientific discoveries in the course of the development and advancement of veterinary medicine from ancient times to the present.
Infectious diseases (bacterial, viral, mycotic and protozan) of elephants, non-human primates, birds, ruminants, cool-blooded animals and carnivores.
Epidemiology and ecology of disease in populations. Disease causality and epidemiologic investigations. Issues in disease prevention, control, and eradication. This course is available on campus and by distance.
Etiology, epidemiology, laboratory diagnosis, regulatory control and preventive medicine aspects of the infectious diseases of swine, sheep, goats, cattle and horses.
Laboratory exercises and field trips related to veterinary public health.
Introduction to preventive medicine, public health and the principles of applied epidemiology within the working atmosphere of the Center for Disease Control.
Elective course in zoo veterinary medicine.
International Preceptorship and Study Abroad to South Africa.