The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine was in the first place founded as a department affiliated to the Faculty of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry in 1973 thanks to the efforts of late Dr. Aziz Rafi’ie. At that time, Dr. Mansour Edalat acted as head of the department. Afterwards, in 1975, it met the requirements to function as an independent faculty. Meanwhile, it granted admission to 20 students.
Currently, this long-established faculty enjoys the cooperation of 57 faculty members (11 professors, 15 associate professors, and 31 assistant professors), 10 lab technicians, and 40 employees and accepts Iranian as well as international students in Professional Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, PhD, and Master of Veterinary Medicine (MVM) programs.
Fields of Study in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
The following academic fields and programs are offered and run at this faculty:
Professional doctorate in veterinary medicine
Fields of study at MVM level: Veterinary Parasitology, Histology, Bacteriology, Immunology, and Food Sanitation.
Fields of study at PhD level: Veterinary Physiology, Anatomical Sciences, Obstetrics and Animal Reproduction, Microbiology, Food Sanitation, Veterinary Surgery, Internal Medicine of Large Animals, Comparative Histology, Parasitology, Immunology, Veterinary Anatomical Sciences, Veterinary Pathology, Poultry Health and Diseases, Anatomy and Veterinary Embryology, and Bacteriology
The departments of the faculty constitute 1. Basic Sciences, 2. Pathobiology, 3. Microbiology, 4. Food Hygiene and Quality Control, 5. Internal Diseases and Clinical Pathology, 6. Obstetrics and Poultry, and 7. Surgery and Diagnostic Imaging.
Specialized Veterinary Hospital and Clinic
This educational, research, clinical, and service-based complex was founded in 1995 in a large premise extending over 11000 square meters and is located in the 3rd KM of Urmia-Salmas Road. It is considered one of the unique specialized centers in the diagnosis and treatment of the livestock and poultry diseases in the North West of Iran. Most of the activities of the departments of Surgery and Diagnostic Imaging, Internal Diseases and Clinical Pathology, and Obstetrics and Poultry are conducted at this well-equipped complex. This first class research premise contains separate sections for large and small animals’ internal medicine, surgery and radiology of large and small animals, obstetrics and reproduction diseases, poultry, and clinical pathology. Performing elaborate and complicated surgeries on the abdominal cavity and soft tissues as well as orthopedic surgeries on a wide range of livestock, radiography, sonography, and endoscopy are some of the daily and routine activities in this complex.
Central Laboratory of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
In addition to the specialized laboratories of each department, this faculty also has a central laboratory equipped with a plethora of cutting edge laboratory equipment and plays a pivotal role in providing research services to the undergraduate and graduate students of the faculty, university, and other research centers in the province.