Veterinary Population Medicine Department


Department Chair

Thomas Molitor

Thomas Molitor, PhD
Distinguished Teaching Professor


The Veterinary Population Medicine Department specializes in large animal health and production, biomedical science, and public health.


The Veterinary Population Medicine Department provides clinical instruction in medicine, surgery, production medicine, and reproduction of domestic large-animal species and is home to faculty in epidemiology, veterinary public health, and pathology. The department provides residency training in large animal medicine, surgery, pathology, and other specialty areas and works with students in the veterinary medicine and comparative and molecular biosciences graduate programs.


Faculty members conduct animal and public-health-focused research to better diagnose, treat, and prevent animal disease, as well as diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans.


Faculty members provide clinical services for animals in the University of Minnesota Equine Center and Large Animal Hospital, as well as diagnostic services to animal owners through the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. They consult with producers and veterinarians in the community, provide continuing education and extension programs for veterinarians and animal owners, and play an active role in the Center for Animal Health and Food SafetyDairy Education CenterEquine Center, and Swine Disease Eradication Center.