Department of Medicine and Epidemiology

Photo: Companion Animal

Companion Animal

Programs in companion animal medicine focus on diseases seen in a wide variety of species including dogs, cats, birds, fish and small mammals. Within the disciplinary umbrella of medicine, further specialization occurs lines and along organ systems.  Organ systems specialization has lead to programs in internal medicine including nephrology, urology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, dermatology and cardiology.  Additional programs in virology, immunology and infectious diseases span both species and organ system specialization.  Within all of these diverse disciplines, both teaching and research emphasis is placed on disease diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control.

Research endeavors within areas of specialization but are not limited to:

  • Companion animal medicine:  chronic renal failure, hemodialysis, urolithiasis, urinary microbiology, urinary incontinence, hyperadrenocorticism, diabetes mellitus, thyroid disease, intestinal mucosal barriers and cancer cahexia.
  • Dermatology:  bacterial diseases, auto-immune diseases, allergy and improvements in therapy.
  • Cardiology:  heart failure, taurine deficiencies, ultrasonography and congenital heart disease.
  • Virology, immunology and infectious diseases:  retroviral diseases, antiviral drug therapy, animal models for human AIDS, Feline immunodeficiency virus pathogenesis and vaccines.