Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Department of Comparative Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology

The faculty of the Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology teach required and elective courses in both pharmacology and toxicology in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. These courses are of a highly clinical nature. Also, they provide a range of graduate courses including those on the fate of xenobiotics in animal systems, environmental toxicology, systems toxicology, regulatory pharmacology and toxicology, analytical pharmacology and toxicology, developmental and reproductive toxicology, and neurotoxicology.


Division faculty offer a Residency Program in Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology. In addition, the Division in conjunction with the College's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the nearby allied agency, the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center, is the home of the Residency Program in Clinical and Diagnostic Veterinary Toxicology.


Research by Division faculty focuses on a range of drugs and environmental contaminants, and encompasses species from human beings and laboratory rodents to other wildlife species. Residues and population pharmacokinetics/toxicokinetics, endocrine disruptors, and ecological toxicology are areas of emphasis in the interdisciplinary programs of the faculty.


Studies by Division faculty are supported by the US EPA, the Department of Defense, NIH, USDA, C-FAR and a variety of local and private sources. Currently funded projects include studies on the effects of bisphenol A and phthalates on behavior and the development and function of the reproductive and nervous systems, , the effects of polychlorinated biphenyls on development and on processes of aging, the effects of endocrine disruptors and other stressors onstem cells, the male and female reproductive systems and the thyroid gland, immune and biochemical mechanisms leading to, and associated with, drug allergy and drug-induced autoimmunity, and pharmacokinetics of drugs used to treat horses.


For further information about the Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology contact:

Dr. Jodi Flaws, Division Chair