At the Institute of Veterinary Physiology research and teaching are devoted to recognizing and describing the life processes in veterinary relevant species.
As a branch of biology, physiology (Old Greek: physis, 'nature' and logos 'doctrine') is the study of the physical and biochemical processes in the cells, tissues, and organs. In physiology classes, students of veterinary medicine learn about the interaction of life processes and metabolic processes in the entire organism. For the future veterinarian, it is also important to gain an understanding of the differences in life processes of different domestic animals. For example, the dog, cattle, pig, and chicken differ considerably in the sub-processes of respiration, digestion, and reproduction.
In modern veterinary medicine, it is increasingly important to accurately assign the function and malfunction of life processes to individual molecules, for example, transport or receptor proteins. This knowledge is crucial for developing new treatments that affect the function of these molecules by certain food additives or medicines for the prevention and curing of diseases or the reduction of pain. At the Institute of Veterinary Physiology the molecular bases of these processes are investigated, especially in terms of digestion, metabolism, and magnesium balance.