Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

The College of Agricultural Sciences’ home for animal and human health.

The Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences focuses on animal and human well-being and understanding, preventing, and treating disease. We serve as the administrative hub for all departmental activities, including teaching, research, and extension and outreach. Students earn undergraduate and graduate degrees and work with world-class faculty on pioneering research.



Faculty and graduate students provide world-class, student-focused instruction in veterinary and biomedical sciences and management. Instruction is hands on, industry focused, and grounded in research. View undergraduate and graduate program opportunities.


Penn State is a Tier 1 Research University. Students from first-year students to doctoral candidates participate in meaningful research in our labs. Collaborative multidisciplinary signature areas include animal diagnostics, immunology and infectious disease, molecular toxicology and carcinogenesis, and veterinary extension.

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Extension and Outreach

Outreach connects the resources of the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences with community members, industry, and institutions in Pennsylvania and beyond by offering the latest research-based, usable information.

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Animal Diagnostic Lab

The Animal Diagnostic Laboratory provides in-depth, rapid diagnostic information to support disease control, health management, and performance in livestock, poultry, wildlife, fish, and companion animals and to ensure the safety of foods of animal origin.

Animal Diagnostic Laboratory