The Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences is comprised of Veterinary Anatomy and Cell Biology and Veterinary Physiology, Pharmacology, and Toxicology, formerly two distinct departments. The department is responsible for instruction in a major portion of the professional curriculum in Year I: namely anatomy (cell/molecular, developmental, microscopic, and gross) and physiology. Other first year courses include biochemistry and neuroscience. Pharmacology and toxicology are presented as separate courses in Years II and III. The department is actively engaged in biomedical research with an underlying theme of molecular medicine.
The Department of Pathobiological Sciences provides teaching and training in the emphasis areas of bacteriology, epidemiology, immunology, parasitology, pathology, and virology. Departmental faculty are involved in all levels of the professional curriculum, providing lecture and laboratory experiences in bacteriology, mycology, immunology, epidemiology, pathology, parasitology, community health, and virology, as well as instruction in the practical application of necropsy techniques, all using cases received from the Veterinary Teaching Hospital & Clinics and the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.
The Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences has responsibility for the instructional program in the diagnosis, treatment, and control of animal diseases. Departmental faculty contributes a major share of the instruction in Years II, III, and IV and participates in problem-based learning in Years I, II, and III. Classroom lectures and discussions of the diagnosis and medical or surgical treatment of diseases are augmented by laboratory training in diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. Those members of the faculty with concurrent appointments to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital & Clinics provide in-depth clinical training to students registered in Phase II courses.