Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

   Our mission is to benefit animal and human health through excellence in science and education.

Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences conducts investigations across the cutting-edge research areas of Host-Pathogen Interface Biology, Microbiome and Antibiotic Resistance, Chronic Disease Biology, and Genetics and Genomics. The Department also provides educational offerings and research opportunities in the basic biomedical sciences to undergraduate, professional, and graduate students.


The CVM Class of 2021, 2nd year Veterinary Students and Undergraduate students in VBS 2032, General Microbiology, Fall 2017 created microbial petri dish artwork this semester.

The VBS Department is proud to announce that Dr. Matthew Aliota of the University of Wisconsin-Madison has accepted an Assistant Professor position with the Vector-borne Infectious Disease AGREETT faculty search.

Dr's. Dawn Foster-Hartnett, Patricia Goodman-Mamula, James Johnson, and Timothy Johnson developed the Spring 2018 Grand Challenges course, Science and Society: Working Together to Avoid the Antibiotic Resistance Apocalypse.

Dr. Alice Larson, Professor in VBS has developed a new January Intersession course, Creativity in Research Careers-CMB 5912.

Dr. James Mickelson, VBS Professor, attended the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the US Scientific Conference in Minneapolis, MN September 23-24, 2017.


VBS Welcomes Newest Faculty Hires, Drs. Peter and Roxanne Larsen

Dr. P Larson & Dr L Larson

Dr. Peter Larsen comes to VBS from the Department of Biology at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. His expertise is in epigenetics, neurodegenerative disease, zoonotic disease, and surveillance bioinformatics.

Dr. Roxanne Larsen comes to VBS from the School of Medicine at Duke in Durham, North Carolina. She will be teaching Anatomy and Physiology and her teaching expertise also includes Neuroanatomy, Radiological Anatomy, Embryology, Microanatomy/Histology, and Biomechanics.