The Veterinary Science and Microbiology Department was established to serve Arizona's needs for education, research, and problem-solving in animal health and both human and animal disease. Currently, efforts are expanding to address questions of food safety and border health issues. The VSM department is the center for discovery, application and dissemination of knowledge in veterinary science and microbiology for the college and university, and is involved in development and delivery of veterinary diagnostic services. The education, research, service and extension activities of the department are responsive to state, national, and global needs and opportunities for contributions to improvement of human and animal health, protection and preservation of the environment, and economic growth in agriculture and industry.
The VSM faculty serves over 600 undergraduate majors and teaches a number of general education courses for students of other majors at the University of Arizona. Of the 600 plus undergraduate majors in the department over 100 were honors students this past academic year. Nearly 100 of last year’s VSM majors graduated with academic distinction (Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Cum Laude) and had an average graduating GPA of 3.309. Undergraduate students majoring in Veterinary Science or Microbiology can expect to leave the program with the ability to perform basic laboratory techniques, be efficient in problem solving and quantitative thinking, have effective writing skills (including the ability to write technical and scientific papers), and the ability to retrieve information and evaluate scientific data from multiple sources and citations. The Microbiology and Pathobiology Graduate Program offers the opportunity to earn Master’s or PhD degrees studying microbiology and microbial pathogens with an emphasis on infectious diseases and host responses. The MicroPath program takes an integrated perspective on natural science disciplines, as reflected in the diversity of faculty research emphasis.