Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology

About our Department

The Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, the largest of the college's four departments, is guided by a vision to achieve national recognition in:

  • Biomedical research that involves One Health medicine, specifically in infectious disease, inflammatory disease, and regenerative medicine
  • Professional and graduate biomedical instruction
  • Diagnostic medicine and professional services

Our Faculty Expertise

Our department is home to faculty engaged in preclinical, diagnostic, and research disciplines including:

  • Anatomy, gross and microscopic
  • Aquatic, ferret, and wildlife
  • Bacteriology and mycology
  • Clinical and anatomic pathology
  • Genetics
  • Immunology and inflammatory disease
  • Laboratory animal medicine
  • Medical informatics
  • Molecular medicine
  • Neurobiology
  • Parasitology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Toxicology
  • Virology

How We Contribute

Collectively, our faculty carry out all three missions of the college:

  • Instruction - Members of our faculty contribute to a wide-range of instructional programs, including DVM professional curriculum, medical school instruction, and graduate and undergraduate education. The DVM instructional activity specializes in basic science and diagnostic medicine disciplines.
  • Research - Our department accounts for a majority of VA-MD Vet Med's research program, and is supported by both internal and external funding. It is also the department of 75 - 80% of the college's Ph.D. student advisors and more than half of its graduate students.
  • Service - We also provide professional expertise and supervision for the Veterinary Teaching Hospital's diagnostic laboratories for bacteriology, toxicology immunology, clinical pathology, necropsy, histopathology, parasitology, and aquatic medicine. We are actively preparing for American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) accreditation. Faculty members also contribute to the governance of the department, college, and university, and serve on national specialty professional associations.

Contact Information

Phone: 540-231-4652
Fax: 540-231-6033

VA-MD Vet Med
205 Duck Pond Drive
Virginia Tech (0442)
Blacksburg, VA 24061