Mission and Vision

The Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science is the center for infectious disease research on the Storrs Campus. It consists of several units, including pathology, microbiology, virology, immunology, bacteriology, wildlife diseases, and extension. The Department is responsible for teaching, research, and extension programs concerned primarily with pathology and infectious diseases of humans, agricultural animals, companion animals, laboratory animals, and wildlife.

The general mission of the Department involves the study of disease processes that affect humans and animals.  The department has active undergraduate and graduate teaching programs. It is involved with research in many areas of pathophysiology, much of which is externally funded and provides service to the University and citizens of the State through the Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory.


The Center of Excellence for Vaccine Research (CEVR) is a major research center that stems from this department. Basic and applied vaccine research is conducted by many of the labs under CEVR in this department and others. The Department participates with the Connecticut Department of Agriculture in housing and operating the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (CVMDL). This laboratory is involved in monitoring the health status of the State's animal population.  Pathobiology also houses the Northeast Research Center for Wildlife Diseases which conducts diagnostic services and research on wildlife in the northeast region. The Department is actively involved in all portions of the Land Grant mission. The Department is an affiliate member of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.


The societal issues that the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science is addressing are:

  1. Human infectious diseases and vaccine development.
  2. Public Health, Food Safety and Zoonotic Disease. This includes animal diseases transmissible to humans such as Rabies, Lyme disease, and Salmonella.
  3. Animal Diseases. This includes diseases of farm animals, pets, poultry, and wildlife. 

The Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science is active in all three areas. We are committed to the three mission areas of UConn: teaching, research, and public service. Our public service is offered through diagnostic laboratory and extension services.