The Institute of Veterinary Anatomy trains students of veterinary medicine in the subjects of anatomy, histology, and embryology. In anatomy class the students are taught the shape, location, and structure of organs and tissues of the bodies of domestic mammals, birds, and reptiles. In histology class the tissues and cells of the organism are examined with a microscope. Embryology studies the development of the body beginning with the fertilized egg. In addition to traditional lessons and applied clinical labs, there is also a virtual laboratory available for dissecting and microscopy. At the Institute teaching and research are closely linked, and there is continuous supervision for graduate students and doctoral candidates.
The research focus of the Institute is the blood vessel system. How blood vessels develop and how their growth can be regulated is analyzed. The experiments are performed on cell cultures. Such in vitro models are an alternative to animal experiments.
The Institute houses an extensive collection of anatomical specimens and the Gurlt Collection, which is focused on malformations.