The Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University fosters excellence in research, teaching, service, and outreach.

Research conducted by our faculty is funded by federal agencies, such as the National Institue of Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture; foundations and association, such as the American Quarter Horse Association and the American Lung Association; and a number of industry organizations.

The main areas of research in the department include microbiology and immunology, neurobiology, pathobiology, toxicology, and cancer biology.  Faculty members use state-of-the-art methodologies in their research and are involved in cutting-edge research, providing quality graduate education to professional students and graduate students.

The specific objectives of our department are to:

  • furnish a high quality and technologically advanced experience in both pre-clinical and clinical years for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree Program;
  • support innovative graduate degree programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in pathology;
  • generate and disseminate new knowledge in pathology; and
  • distribute novel and pathologically relevant information through scholarly publications, research proposals, and collaborative research efforts.

Faculty members also participate in teaching veterinary students in a number of areas including veterinary pathology, clinical pathology, immunology, microbiology, toxicology, comparative gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, and histology.  Known for their dedication in providing quality veterinary education, faculty have been awarded a number of teaching awards. 

Through the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health, faculty provide diagnostic services to clients all over the nation and are on the cutting-edge of developing new diagnostic tests.

The department strives to provide an excellent environment for trainees, veterinary and graduate students, and staff.  We welcome you to explore the exciting opportunities available in our department.


Jill McCutcheon, Chairperson