How does the body function — down to the level of individual cells, tissues and organs — and how is it affected by chemical agents, both natural and synthetic?
That, at its core, is the question that members of the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology seek to answer every day utilizing the latest scientific techniques and technology. The department’s teaching mission is integrated with its research component to provide veterinary students with a solid background in anatomy, histology, cell and molecular biology, physiology, pharmacology, toxicology and neuroscience to serve as a lifelong foundation for clinical practice.
Along with its reputation for outstanding teaching, the department is highly research-oriented. With more than $4 million in annual grants and additional support from the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, its research areas of emphasis are strongly based in the One Health concept. They include diabetes and obesity, molecular biology, neuroscience, endocrinology, reproduction, clinical pharmacology and gene therapy. Academic programs leading to both biomedical science graduate degrees and dual degrees in coordination with the professional doctorate of veterinary medicine program are offered alongside APP faculty mentors.