Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

University of Tehran


Veterinary Research and Teaching Hospital )VRTH)

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The Veterinary Research and Teaching Hospital (VRTH) has been officially opened in 1998. In fact this hospital was previously located in Tehran (named Vasfenard Veterinary Clinic) since the opening of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 1934.

The VRTH is located in 35 km west of Tehran in Mahdasht Road in south of Karaj.

The VRTH belonges to the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and includes the following teaching sections for training the undergraduate and postgraduate students:

1- Section of Large Animal Internal Medicine

Faculty members

Here are some cases which have been referred to this section:
Coenurosis cyst in the brain of a sheep


2- Section of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Faculty members

3- Section of Large Animal Surgery and Radiology

Faculty members


4- Section of Poultry Diseases

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5- Section of Clinical Pathology

This section includes four laboratories:

Faculty members


Bateriology Laboratory


Virology Laboratory

Heamatology Laboratory

Biochemistry Laboratory

6- Section of Histo-pathology and post-mortem



There are three Research Laboratories including:

1- Leptospira Research Laboratory

Leptospirosis is an infectious disease caused by pathogenic bacteria called leptospires, that are transmitted directly or indirectly from animals to humans. It is therefore a zoonosis. It's clinical manifestations are so variable that infection can not be detected or proved reliably only on the basis of symptoms. Therefore, diagnosis can only be established by demonstration of the etiological agent or by serological procedures. In Iran, the earliest recognised report of leptospirosis is published by Rafyi and Magami in 1968.

Leptospira research laboratory has been officially opened in 1999, by funding of Tehran University and the help of WHO/FAO Collaborating Center for Reference & Research on Leptospirosis, and Professor W. A. Ellis. Since then many research projects covering different aspects of Leptospirosis have been carried out in this Laboratory.

The main prospect of this laboratory is to investigate the current situation of leptospirosis in Iran and provide materials such as specific culture media, standard antiserum against reference strain of Leptospira, diagnostic kits and technical support for Iranian researchers to pursue their research in this field.
At the present two postgraduates students and two graduate students are conducting their thesis research projects in this Laboratory under supervision of
Dr G Abdollahpour.

Current research projects conducted in this Laboratory:

1) Identification of leptospira isolated from animals in Iran using REA technique.
2) Comparison of three techniques to detect leptospira interrogans in urine samples.
3) Sero-epidemiological study of human and bovine leptospirosis in North of Iran.
4) Sero-Bacteriolocal survey of Leptospirosis in infected dairy herd in Tehran suburbs
5) Characterization of leptospires cause acute human leptospirosis isolated from patient referred to hospitals of Gilan Medical Science University by PCR
6) Study of leptospirosis in shepherd dogs in Tehran Province of Iran. (DVM Thesis)
7) Sero-epidemiological study of leptospirosis in camel in Qum Province of Iran. (DVM Thesis)
8) Study of leptospirosis in slaughterhouse's employees in Kurdistan Province of Iran
9) Study of leptospirosis in suspected cases in Mazandaran Province of Iran (Research project).

10) Seroepidemiological study of Leptospirosis in dairy farms in Sabzevar area in Iran.(DVM Thesis).

11) Study of leptospirosis in Veterinary student in Ahvaz University (Research  project).

12) Seroprevalence of leptospirosis in sheep and farmers of Khoey city of Azerbayjan (DVM thesis project)

13) A survey on Leptospiral,Campylobacterial and Brucellal abortion frequency rates in the samples collected from the dairy herds in suburb of Tabriz by PCR and serological methods (Research project)

14) Sero-epidemiological study of feline leptospirosis in Mashhad. (Research project)

15) The role of Leptospirosis in abortion in an industrial dairy farm in Isfahan (Research Proect)

16) The influence of leptospira serotypes on occurrence of clinical features of leptospirosis in cows using MAT, culture and PCR in Tehran suburbs dairy farms

17) Serological survey of Leptospirosis in patients with kidney failure in Tehran (Research Proect)

18) Study of Leptospirosis in Kurdistan province of Iran (DVM Research Project)

19) Serological and etiological investigation (culture and PCR) of Leptospirosis among ranchers and cattles in Markazi province

20) Sero-epidemiological investigation and molecular typing of isolated pathogenic leptospires from livestock in Guilan province

21) Serological and molecular investigation of Leptospirosis in feral cats in Mashhad district using MAT and PCR

22) Seroepidemiologic study of leptospirosis in slaughter house personnel of Gilan Province using MAT technique and verification of the positive samples using Nested PCR






Ambulatory services is also available for the farmers to bring their sick animals to the VRTH


There is also a small dairy farm and 20 horses for teaching purposes inside the VRTH.

Other facilities available for the students in the VRTH are include:

Meeting Hall

Computer Centre with wireless access to the Internet



Amphitheater (with up to 220 seats)


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