College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Department of Veterinary Medicine

Animal-Human Infectious Disease Research

Scientific images of black and white cells (left), fluoresced tick (middle), and cells (right)
Photo Credit: 
Zhang lab, Pal lab, Shi lab

The University of Maryland Department of Veterinary Medicine is a part of Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and is a facility dedicated to scientific research and education.


The research interest of our current faculty cover a broad range of topics in infectious diseases and zoonoses, including cell and molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, virology, and poultry health management and disease prevention.


Our mission is to protect and improve the health of animals and the people of Maryland, the United States, and the entire global community by utilizing active collaboration with nearby research centers that include federal institutions (NIH, USDA, FDA), several nationally-ranked universities, and biomedical centers, as well as private industries involved in ground-breaking research on highly-pathogenic animal and human diseases.


We are committed to providing excellent educational programs, conducting innovative research, and serving as a catalyst for the dissemination of new knowledge in fields related to infectious diseases with global impact.


Those with an interest in the conflux of animal and human health research are encouraged to apply to the UMD VMSC program!

More information on application requirements can be found on our Graduate page.

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