Department of Veterinary Population Medicine

Two veterinarians examining a calf while another holds it

The Veterinary Population Medicine department (VPM) specializes in large animal health and production, biomedical science, and public health.

Researchers in a discussion in a storage room


Faculty members conduct animal and public-health-focused research to better diagnose, treat, and prevent animal disease, as well as diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans.

Instructor guiding two students with tissue collection


The Veterinary Population Medicine Department provides clinical instruction in medicine, surgery, production medicine, and reproduction of domestic large-animal species and is home to faculty in epidemiology, veterinary public health, and pathology. The department provides residency training in large animal medicine, surgery, pathology, and other specialty areas and works with students in the veterinary medicine and comparative and molecular biosciences graduate programs.

Instructor and four students conducting a horse exam


Faculty members provide clinical services for animals in the Leatherdale Equine Center and Large Animal Hospital, as well as diagnostic services to animal owners through the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. They consult with producers and veterinarians in the community, provide continuing education and extension programs for veterinarians and animal owners, and play an active role in the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, John Fetrow Dairy Education Center, Equine Center, and Swine Disease Eradication Center.

Montse Torremorell

Department chair

Montserrat Torremorell, DVM, PhD
Department Chair, Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM)

Dr. Torremorell is an animal health expert with emphasis in infectious swine diseases and strategies to improve the health of swine systems. Her research involves the understanding of influenza virus transmission and the factors that contribute to virus spread and establishment of endemic infections in populations.