The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Ankara University was, until 1970, the only faculty of Veterinary Medicine to offer education and research since then it has also contributed to the establishment and development to other Veterinary Medicine faculties in Turkey. After the foundation of Ankara University this faculty also joined the University in 1948 like the other individual faculties.
First independent biochemistry section was established in 1952 in High Agriculture Institute Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ankara. This section gained academically and technically in 1980s and became Biochemistry Department.
The Department of Biochemistry is localized in Ankara University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine campus. As of March 2013, the department has 6 professors, 4 research associates, 8 M.Sci and 4 PhD candidates continue their academic studies at the department.
The main research subjects of department are the molecular mechanism of cancer, antioxidants and cancer, antioxidative metabolism, vitamin and trace element analysis, rumen metabolism and cell culture studies are performed prosperously.
The department of biochemistry continues to serve in highest capacity in the field of fundamental veterinary medicine and basic biochemistry by providing education and training on undergraduate and graduate levels and undertaking scientific research in accordance with the recent developments in biochemistry.
Sections listed below are found in biochemistry department;
- Molecular biology laboratory
- Electrophoresis laboratory
- Tissue and cell culture laboratory
- PCR laboratory
- HPLC laboratory
- RIA-ELISA laboratory
- Clinical biochemistry laboratory
The main missions of Department of Biochemistry are;
- To give higher education based on experience, skill and research knowledge
- To get the postgraduate students to gain the ability for making independent researches within ethic regulations and the steps required to reach new synthesis.
- To follow scientific developments and research and to make a progress about them
- To promote international collaborations
- To render public consciousness in case of veterinary public health
- To perform advisory services (e.g. seminars, meetings) in animal health as well as human health
The strategies to achieve the objectives mentioned above are as followed;
- Giving a deeper knowledge of biochemistry about companion, exotic, experimental, aquatic veterinary medicine
- Teaching the biochemical procedures and metabolism of animals
- Describing pathophysiological process which can take place in organs and system functions in domestic animals.
The main visions of Department of Biochemistry are,
- knowing all the biochemical procedures and metabolism of animals
- knowing and applying the ethical concepts and principals
- respecting animal rights and the regulations about all good laboratory practices