Department of Pathology


The establishment of Cholistan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (CUVAS) Bahawalpur, is a milestone in the efforts of the Government to ensure quality education in the province. The Government of Punjab has tremendous desire in providing quality education to people of Southern Punjab with the establishment of this university. The Department of Pathology at Cholistan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences is a major sub-discipline in the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences since 2018. This Department not only gives an in-depth knowledge to Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students at undergraduate level but also plays an important role in offering the undergraduate  B.S. (Hons.) degree of Medical Laboratory Technology. The newly emerging field of Medical Laboratory Technology will equip the human hospitals with skilled professionals specifically trained for diagnostic laboratories jobs throughout the country. We will start M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Pathology in near future.

As, Pathology is the study of the process of disease, and so plays a role in every aspect of health and medicine, therefore our expertise is wide and our roles are diverse. We can be found at the microscope consulting with clinicians about diagnostic changes and we see in tissues or cells of an ailing dog. In the field we dissect a dead animal, in order to find the cause of death and help the farmer protect the rest of the herd. We can be found in the laboratory, performing experiments to further understand the disease and develop preventions or cures. In classrooms we introduce veterinary students to the concepts of diseases, and facilitate their foundational understanding of mechanisms of disease.

Our Department works with species of all varieties - fin, feather, and fur. We study a huge variety of diseases – infectious, environmental, toxic, and neoplastic etc.


The primary objective of the department is to impart teaching and training of undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled in DVM, M. Phil. and Ph.D. degree programs. In parallel, we provide clinical and extension services to the farmers. Last, but not the least, the department has a rich potential of conducting trainings and workshops for veterinarians, para-vets., farmers and different stakeholders of the industry.


There is a growing demand for postgraduates of Pathology in a range of professional areas including poultry farms, research and development of advanced laboratory products and other modern technologies. Following are the main motives to initiate the degree program in Pathology;

  • Most of Govt. research institutes has made mandatory to hire Pathologist/scientists at the different research institutes or in academia in most of the universities.
  • The research in the domain of disease diagnosis is also increasing because of heightened demand of correct findings in veterinary medicine.
  • There is a huge demand of pathologists to conduct postmortem by livestock farmers.  
  • Bahawalpur is a city with large number of camels to carry out research work in the region. Moreover, there would be a positive impact of China-Pakistan Economic corridor (CPEC) on the development of progressive farming in southern Punjab in near future. This can be big source of milk and meat production, which is not possible without pathology. Our postgraduates program in this region will provide more job opportunities for students.



Our vision is to provide leadership and excellence in disease diagnosis through innovative research and pioneering clinical activity. The outstanding facilities based in the department are second to none providing a range of world class diagnostic services, ensuring best practices and enabling us to provide better and faster results to the clients. The diagnostic services in the department are supported by the teachers, scientists, researchers and postgraduate students who have a vast experience of routine and more complicated clinical cases. We provide routine diagnostic techniques as well as specialized services in areas of hematology, serum biochemistry, cytology, histopathology, immunohistochemistry, endocrinology and postmortem examination. Our primary focus is animal welfare as well as providing the students' hands on training and the clients a comprehensive diagnostic laboratory services.


The mission of the Department of Pathology is to discover and disseminate updated knowledge of diseases through research and diagnostic services that will benefit the health of animals and the public, while engaging and educating students for productive careers in service and scholarship. Moreover, to produce graduate who, are able to diagnose, treat prevent and control animal disease to reduce economic losses to society.


The scope of Pathology is tremendous. Without an accurate diagnosis, the selection of a course of treatment for a sick animal may be limited. For companion animals, Pathology may mean analysis of blood or urine samples or even tissue biopsies of tumors. In the sphere of veterinary public health, it is vital that notifiable and other communicable diseases are diagnosed quickly and accurately. In research, the understanding of disease processes is important in the development of new treatments. In recent years, the study of the genome has opened a wide range of possibilities in investigating the causes of disease. And the areas of work include, but not limited to, animal diagnostics, teaching and research, pharmaceutical industry, wildlife and environmental conservation, government service, and army and defense. Private companies that produce drugs and insecticides employ huge number of pathologists annually.

Veterinary Pathology provides the reports of basic and applied research involving livestock and poultry. Our focus is to conduct the diagnostic investigations of diseases of animals especially of zoonotic nature. It provides a forum for the understanding of the pathological processes and evaluation of new and existing diagnostic applications of scientific advances and clinical pathologic correlations; fostering the acquisition and maintenance of up-to-date information to ensure high standards of practice; and, encouraging the publication of new information.