Department of Veterinary Microbiology & Pathology
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
Internal Documents for VMP
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
The 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-D.V.M. 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
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.
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