About VMP

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The Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology (VMP) has twenty-seven appointed faculty members. An additional fourteen faculty have adjunct appointments. The department is committed to quality in all of its instructional, service, and research programs.

Faculty provide core instruction in the veterinary curriculum, specifically in bacteriology, immunology, parasitology, pathology, public health, and virology. Additional elective courses are provided by the department within the veterinary curriculum. An emphasis is placed on the problem-oriented instructional approach in veterinary curricular courses. Faculty provide diagnostic services through the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. While engaged in service activities, faculty also provide instruction to fourth-year veterinary students as part of the Diagnostics Block.

Veterinary Microbiology and PathologyThe department maintains a strong and rigorous graduate education program with emphasis on research training to the Ph.D. degree. The graduate program integrates course work relevant to obtaining a solid preparatory framework. One-on- one faculty mentoring constitutes the primary training method. Individuals successfully completing the program are well qualified to perform hypothesis-directed, state-of-the- art research. In the graduate education area, training toward board certification is provided in both veterinary anatomic pathology and veterinary microbiology. Most departmental post-DVM graduate students trained in diagnostic pathology prepare for certification by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and pass the examination. Departmental faculty serve as program directors on three federally funded graduate student training grants and on two short-term training grants. The short-term training grants have positions designated for minority students consistent with the department's strong commitment to diversity.

The major research focus of VMP is infectious diseases (host-parasite interactions) including virology, parasitology, bacteriology, vaccine production and immunology. The VMP faculty has a long history of successfully seeking and acquiring extramural support. For the past decade, extramural support has surpassed the department's base of support from the State of Washington.

The faculty also form a strong interdisciplinary group of investigators engaged in research to control diseases of international importance. This research program is supported by international funding agencies. Since 1938 the college, through VMP, has had collaborative research projects with research scientists of the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Animal Disease Research Unit, housed within the department.

A technology transfer laboratory within the department complements the instrumentation base available to faculty, staff, and students.

WSU, CVM, VMP, and the Graduate School are committed to providing equal opportunity in its services, programs, and employment for individuals with disabilities. Academically qualified students with disabilities are provided with access to the individualized assistance that is consistent with the student’s needs and the essential requirements of the program or course of study in which the student is enrolled. Reasonable accommodations are available for students with a documented disability.