Department Head

Professor Steven J. Geary


Bushmich, De Guise, Frasca, Garmendia, Geary, Kerr, Khan, Smyth

Associate Professor

Risatti, Verardih

Assistant Professors

Zhou, Szczepanek

Clinical Assistant Professors


Assistant Research Professors


Joint Appointments

Silbart (AHS)

Adjunct Professors

Andreadis, Baxt, Borca, Burrage, Cartun, Girschick, Grubman, Golde, Innis, Rodriguez, Romano, Sasseville, Tsongalis, Vajdy, West, White

Graduate instruction leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees is offered by the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science. M.S. degrees are granted in Pathobiology. Ph.D. degrees are granted in Pathobiology with areas of concentration in bacteriology, pathology and virology. Standard admission requirements are maintained for these programs. The Department also offers a combined residency/M.S. program to students with the D.V.M., V.M.D. or equivalent degree. This program is a full-time three year course of study leading to the M.S. degree with an area of concentration in veterinary anatomic pathology. Options exist for students in the residency/M.S. program to pursue the Ph.D. degree. In all these programs, the common emphasis is on basic science as related to diseases of animals and man.


For the M.S. degree, generally 15 credits of course work and a thesis are required. The Department does offer a non-thesis M.S. degree for which 24 credits of course work is required. Students enrolled in the combined residency/M.S. program must provide evidence of completion of a veterinary school curriculum and participate in a prescribed sequence of courses and training experiences that is 36 months in duration. The sequence of courses for the Ph.D. degree is not established. Students pursuing one of the three areas of concentration for the PhD degree may have different plans of study as determined by their Graduate Committees. A minimum of 44 credits of course work beyond the baccalaureate and 20 credits beyond the Master’s degree is expected for the Ph.D. degree . Graduate course work in immunology, toxicology, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, statistics and molecular biology are generally common to the areas of concentration for the PhD degree.

Special Facilities

The Department is the location of the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, which is an AAVLD-accredited veterinary diagnostic laboratory equipped with fully functioning mammalian and non-mammalian necropsy facilities, histology laboratory, and diagnostic microbiology, molecular, and serology laboratories. The Department maintains research facilities for investigation of infectious, immunologic and toxicologic diseases. The Department houses the Center of Excellence for Vaccine Research. Members of the faculty hold adjunct appointments with the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and the USDA Plum Island Animal Disease Center.

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