Department of Pathology was opened under the name Pathological Anatomy Institute affiliated to the Veterinary Faculty of Higher Agriculture Institute which was first established in 1933, in Ankara. Respectively, the Institute Directors were Ord. Professor Dr. Vet. Med. Anton KOEGEL, Professor Dr. Rudolf STETTER, Ord. Professor Dr. Vet. Med. Rudolf BAUMANN and, at the end of 1937, Dr. Şevki AKÇAY. In 1952, The Pathological Anatomy Institute was divided into two separate divisions as “Department of Pathological Anatomy” and “Department of General and Experiential Pathology”. The chief of Pathological Anatomy Department was Ord.Prof. Dr. Prof. Şevki AKÇAY, chief of General and Experiential Pathology Department was Prof. Dr. Enver SENGİR. The departments were merged under the name of “Department of Pathology” as a result of the regulation made in accordance with the Law No. 2547 on Council of Higher Education. Prof.Dr. Dr. H. Kerim URMAN has been chosen as chief of the department and carried it until his retirement. Respectively, Dr. Cemalettin KÖKÜUSLU (1988-1997), Prof.Dr. Dr. Şenay BERKİN (1997-2002) and Prof.Dr. Dr. I. Ayhan ÖZKUL (2002-2005) were chiefs of the department. Since 2005, Prof. Dr. Rıfkı HAZIROĞLU was appointed and is the current chief of department.

Today 10 academic staff (3 professors, 6 research assistants and a specialist) carry out the academic activities in our department. Also, 2 administrative personnel officiate.

Necropsy is performed to determine the cause of death of animals sent by clinics of animal hospital and brought directly from owners. Death causes are revealed by pathomorphological (macroscopic and histopathological) examinations. In addition, cytological samples and biopsy materials are examined in the same way and diagnosed after macroscopical evaluation.

In this sense, the Department of Pathology is an intersection point where knowledge acquired in clinical and other veterinary sciences intersect. The department provides important information for animal owners, clinical scientists and country animal husbandry by providing support for diagnosis and treatment in veterinary medicine and preventive diagnosis and prevention of zoonotic diseases in human medicine in the name of preventive medicine.

In the Department of Pathology, routine pathology laboratories are used to diagnose domestic mammalian, poultry, exotic and laboratory animal diseases by using histochemical methods. Also, immunohistochemical and electron microscopical techniques (using the Faculty’s Central Laboratory) are used when necessary. “Cryostat Unit” and “Cytopathology Laboratory”, which has been used in routine diagnosis for biopsy materials since 2006, and “Molecular Pathology Laboratory”, which has been used for in situ hybridization methods since 2010 are still present and used in the department.

Veterinary undergraduate program includes Pathology I (General Pathology) Pathology II and Pathology III (Special Pathology), Necropsy and Demonstration lessons. In addition, Wild Animal Pathology, Fish Pathology, Pathological Diagnosis Techniques course is also offered as an elective course. At the same time, related courses are also given in English in the English Veterinary Bachelor Program. In the courses given in our department, visual, audio and analytic theoretical education as well as practical activities are carried out simultaneously.

In addition, pathological changes (infectious and non-infectious diseases, tumoral changes, anomalies, etc.) found in domestic, wild and exotic animals are exhibited in the veterinary pathology museum for practicing in undergraduate and graduate education programs.