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.


Annually the College of Veterinary Medicine hosts Education Day to give Teachers and Students the opportunity to share posters, listen to speakers talk about new ways to engage and teach students, and present awards to distinguished faculty and instructors for their dedication to teaching.

Dr. Pam Skinner has been appointed from Associate Professor to full Professor with the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences.

The paper, "Cryo-EM structure of infectious bronchitis coronavirus spike protein reveals structural and functional evolution of coronavirus spike proteins," was published in the Public Library of Science (PLOS).

Drs. Erin Burton, Sinisa Vidovic, and Aaron Rendahl, Assistant Professors in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, have all been selected to participate in the first cohort of faculty program to be offered over the 2018-2019 academic year.

Xiaona Ge and the Rao lab recently published, "FABP4 regulates eosinophil recruitment and activation in allergic airway inflammation," in the American Journal of Physiology. 


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

Peter Larsen Baseball Card
Roxanne Larsen Baseball Card
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.