In Turkey, since the second half of the 19th century individual persons habilitated as professors in fields of histology and embryology, and they were engaged either with the Civil Veterinary School or In Military 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.

The first head of and the initiator academic staff the Department of Histology and Embryology of the Ankara University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine was Prof.Dr. Şemsi Kural and Zihni Erençin.From 1952 to present the mission of the Department of Histology and Embryology is to advance the recent and longstanding education in medicine and life sciences with high quality instrumentation for research investigators in biomedical applications. That prepares our students for their medical profession ensured with modern and innovative approach.


Today 8 academic staff (7 professors, 1 associated professor, 5 research assistants) carry out the academic activities in our department. In addition to those, 2 administrative personnel officiate. Our department includes one theoretical class with 120 student capacity, a microscopy hall for practical lectures with 56 capacity, light microscopy and stereology lab, TEM specimen preparation lab, and a cell culture lab.

The under graduate lectures given by our department can be found below.

Histology I (basic histology), Histology II (Organ and systems histology), Embryology, Development of Organs and Systems in Avian and Mammalian Species, Light Electron Microscopy and Tissue Preparation Technic. Beside these, our department also has post-graduate program.

Our department researchers have been working about immun system, digestive system, skin, muscle histochemistry, genital system and stem cells.

 Our graduates are well equipped with knowledge and capability to do research to catch up with the new developments in histology and embryology sciences.