What kind of diseases? How do animals get sick?
The comparative pathology laboratory was established in 1922. Dr. Koichi Ichikawa, the first professor who directed the laboratory, named the laboratory the Comparative Pathology based on the idea that veterinary pathology is a science that also contributes to the development of basic medicine. Research activities in this laboratory are classified into two categories. One is the pathological diagnosis of naturally occurring diseases. By diagnosing the diseases of companion animals, livestock, poultry, and zoo animals, we would then provide clinical feedback. Work in this category also contribute to disease prevention and treatment. The other is the experimental studies of animal diseases, in which we set our focus on the elucidation of the pathogenesis of various diseases. Our current research themes include infectious diseases caused by herpesvirus, flavivirus and prion, and naturally occurring animal tumors.