Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology
Home to faculty engaged in preclinical, diagnostic, and research activities
About the 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 the following areas:
- Biomedical research that involves One Health medicine, specifically in infectious disease, inflammatory disease, neuroscience, and regenerative medicine
- Professional and graduate biomedical instruction
- Diagnostic medicine and professional services
The Department Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology is home to faculty engaged in preclinical, diagnostic, and research disciplines:
How we contribute
Collectively, Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology faculty carry out all three missions of the college:
Instruction: Faculty members contribute to a wide range of instructional programs, including the DVM professional curriculum, M.D. professional curriculum, and graduate and undergraduate education. The DVM instructional activity includes basic science, research, professional development, and diagnostic medicine disciplines.
Research: Supported by both internal and external funding, the department accounts for a majority of VA-MD Vet Med's research program, as well as some 80% of the college's Ph.D. student advisors and more than half of its graduate students.
Service: The department's faculty provide professional expertise and supervision for ViTALS: Virginia Tech Animal Laboratory Services, which is accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians and a member of the USDA APHIS National Animal Health Laboratory Network. ViTALS's services include bacteriology, mycology, toxicology, immunology, clinical pathology, necropsy, histopathology, and parasitology. Faculty members also contribute to the governance of the department, college, and university, and serve in national specialty professional associations.
VA-MD Vet Med's Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Combined Residency/Ph.D. Program prepares graduates for careers in either veterinary clinical pathology or anatomic pathology. The program is one of the few combined training environments nationally dedicated to preparing graduates for careers in either veterinary clinical pathology or anatomic pathology and as research scientists.
Residency program objectives
- Provide sufficient pathology training for the resident to achieve competency as a diagnostic pathologist
- Enable the resident to qualify for board certification by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists
- Provide the resident with sufficient current research training for success as an independent investigator
The Ph.D. portion of the training program is intended to provide training in a research area so that the graduate may perform effective, independent research. In addition, the program will provide for experience and training in teaching. Completion of program requirements will prepare graduates for positions in academic institutions, industry, or governmental agencies.
Full program descriptions
Faculty members' areas of research interest can be found on each faculty's biographical page accessible via the departmental rosters:
Bio ItemAnne Hassebroek, DVM, MPH , bio
Resident and PhD candidate, Anatomic Pathology
Bio ItemVanessa J. Oakes, DVM, MPH , bio
Clinical Instructor, Anatomic Pathology
Bio ItemChristina Pacholec, DVM , bio
Resident, Clinical Pathology
Bio ItemValentina Stevenson Salinas, DVM, PhD , bio
Resident, Anatomic Pathology
Bio ItemBriana Trusiano, DVM , bio
Resident, Clinical Pathology