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.


Dr. Erin Burton was awarded the VBS Outstanding Teacher Award at Education Day on Friday, May 19th, 2017.

Erin Burton published the paper, "Characterization of the urinary microbiome in healthy dogs," in PLOS ONE. This study uses culture independent techniques to characterize the healthy canine urinary microbiota.

Last Wednesday, May 10, the VBS faculty and CVM Dean Trevor Ames honored Dr. Tom Fletcher with cake and gifts in recognition of his retirement in June. In over five decades at the University, Dr. Fletcher made significant contributions in scholarly activity, teaching and service.

At least 10,0000 people gathered on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 outside the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul to participate in the March for Science including students, staff, and faculty in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences.

Josh Proehl, Junior at New London-Spicer High School will compete against 1,800 students from 75 countries May 14-19, 2017 at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, California.


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.