The teaching mission is integrated along structural and functional lines in order to provide veterinary medical students a solid background in anatomy, histology, cell and molecular biology, physiology, pharmacology, toxicology and neuroscience to serve as a lifelong foundation for clinical practice.
In addition to the instruction of professional degree students, the Department is proud of its participation in the graduate training program of the College. The faculty in the Department participate in the teaching of 24 graduate level courses and currently serve on 34 graduate advisory committees. There are currently 13 students enrolled in our program leading to a graduate degree (MS, Ph.D.) or a dual degree (MS/DVM, PhD/DVM).
Our Department is strongly research oriented and receives intramural support from the Alabama Experiment Station. In addition to this support our faculty have a proven track record for scientific achievement. Their ability to compete successfully for extramural funds is demonstrated by over $2,000,000 that our faculty obtained in the past fiscal year. This extramural support for Department scientists comes from a variety of funding agencies, including National Institute of Health, USDA, DARPA, American Heart Institute, Diabetes Trust Fund, Department of the Army, Federal Aviation Administration and the Office of Naval Research.
The Department members are active in public service. They participate in numerous scientific presentations (locally, nationally and internationally); continuing education courses; and over 16,000 extramural consultations through the Endocrine Diagnostic Service. With the startup of the Clinical Pharmacology Laboratory this will enhance our service to veterinarians and practitioners throughout the country. Our faculty serve on multiple University and College committees, as well as State and National committees.