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 results of Dr. Walcheck’s studies may lead to new treatments for diseases associated with widespread inflammation, such as life-threatening sepsis

Treatment of infections with antimicrobial drugs is a cornerstone of veterinary medicine, but selecting and administering antibiotics to companion animals and livestock is often not a simple matter.

As viruses infect cells of an animal host, they often stimulate a vigorous immune response. This is due to the ability of host cells to detect viral products, such as double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) through pathogen recognition receptors.

In the United States alone, nearly 800 thousand people suffer from a heart attack each year.  

We are pleased to announce a new system to support students’ degree progress-the Graduate Planning and Audit System (GPAS).


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.