History : Department of Veterinary Physiology Biochemistry and Pharmacology
The department was established in 1976. It was carved out of the former department of Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology.
The department runs courses in Physiology and Biochemistry for D.V.M I (200 Level) and II (300 Level) students; Pharmacology and Toxicology for D.V.M II and III (400 Level) and Clinical Pharmacology for D.V.M V (600 Level) students. Together with the department of Veterinary Anatomy, this department also teaches basic Physiology and Anatomy courses to the Second Year Agricultural students. Postgraduate degree programmes in Physiology and Pharmacology leading to award of M.Sc., M.Phil, and Ph.D degrees started in 1982.
The first head of the department is Professor M. O Olowookorun, the pioneer academic staff of the department who recently retired in 2006. In the course of thirty-one years of existence of the department, nine academic staff and one chief Technologist resigned or retired from the service of the University making Professor R.O.A Arowolo the longest standing member of the department.
Research programmes in the department cover various aspects of haematology, gastroenterology, adaptation physiology, toxicology, oncology, biochemistry of nutrition and xenobiotics; chemotherapy, smooth muscle pharmacology, neuro-pharmacology and ethno-pharmacology.