In 1842, the first anatomy lectures in Military Veterinary School which was the first veterinary school of Turkey had been given by Prussian Godlewsky in İstanbul. After constitution of the first Civil Veterinary Association in 1888, the “Civil Veterinary School” was established in 1889. These schools mentioned above, were united in 1921 and named as “High Veterinary School”. In 10th year of our republic (1933), “High Agriculture Institute” was established in Ankara and High Veterinary School joined this formation in the same year. After establishing Ankara University in 1946, High Agriculture Institute joined it as a Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Faculty of Agriculture.

In Military Veterinary School, anatomy lessons had been given by Godlewsky, Dubroca, Lewis, Vahit Bey and Neşet Bey respectively. Neşet Bey, Ahmet Mesut and Hilmi Dilgimen were the anatomy lecturers of the Civil Veterinary School. The initiator academic staff of the Ankara University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine was Prof.Dr. Hans Richter (as head of the department), Prof.Dr. Şemsi Kural and Ord.Prof.Dr. Hilmi Dilgimen.

Today 7 academic staff (3 professors, 2 associated professor, 2 research assistants and a specialist) carry out the academic activities in our department. In addition to those, 3 administrative personnel officiate.

Anatomy building includes one theoretical class with 100 student capacity, two dissection halls for practical lectures (50 students capacity per each), histomorphology and stereology lab., plastination lab., cold rooms, anatomic specimen preparation units, cadaver preservation units, and a Veterinary Anatomy Museum which is the most comprehensive anatomy museum in Turkey. Please visit the website of our museum.

The under graduate lectures given in Turkish and in English Language by our department can be found below.

Anatomy-I, Anatomy-II, Topographical Anatomy, Practical Clinical Anatomy, Dissection and Exenteration of Domestic Mammals, Preparation Methods of Anatomic Specimens, Anatomical Terminology, Anatomy of Laboratory Animals, Anatomy of Exotic Species.

Beside these, Anatomy Department also instructs students from different disciplines with the undergraduate lectures such as Osteology of The Domestic Mammals for the Anthropology students and Anatomy for the agriculture faculty students.

In addition to our graduate programs in the field of veterinary anatomy, postgraduate courses continue in the field of “Forensic Sciences”. In the lessons given in our curriculum, visual, auditory and narrative theoretical teaching as well as practical activities on live animals and cadavers are carried out simultaneously.

Our academic staff also provides scientific support for the Handling of Laboratory Animals Certificate Programes. Besides, they also organize various plastination courses for veterinary medicine and human medicine.