The Department is one of three academic units in the School of Veterinary Medicine, a component of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health. The head of the Department is appointed by the Dean, and is responsible to the Dean through the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Each faculty and staff member has a specific responsibility to the Department. The following organizational chart depicts the responsibilities of the department of Clinical Science Faculty and Staff who are in leadership position.
Robert D. Horn, Head DCS
Richard Bridges, Director , Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Howard King , Small Animal Science. Michael Bailey, Radiology, Jeammie Bellamy , Large Animal Science.
Star Miller, Pharmacy Mittie Person, Central Supply Janet Phyllips, Business Office Majorie Motley, Medical Record. Animal Care Personnel
Departmental faculty and staff meetings are held every two weeks. All faculty and staff members have input into the day to day operation of the Department. In an effort to assure an equitable clinical teaching load and time off for faculty development, a rotation schedule is in place to assure that both primary and back-up clinicians are on duty at all times.
The resources of the Department are currently organized into academic and outreach service components.
  • The academic component of the DCS is responsible for the didactic teaching of the professional students, including both classroom and clinical instruction, training of interns, training of students enrolled in The Education Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) Program, and the support of continuing education and extension programs. The outreach component of the DCS is a integral part of the veterinary teaching hospital and conducts those activities related to healthcare and preventive medicine. Small animal services are divided into outpatient, medicine, surgery, and radiology services. Radiology serves both the small and large animal services. Large animal services are divided into in-house and ambulatory services. In-house rotations involve both medical and surgical care of equine and food animal species admitted to the large animal clinic. Ambulatory rotations support the herd health management programs, community farmers, west Alabama, and other under-served areas that require veterinary medical services.2.SHARED RESPONSIBILITIESCore courses offered by the Department or in conjunction with other departments are listed in Table 41. All core courses are team-taught. Guest lecturers teach subjects that cannot be adequately covered by School's existing faculty. Each course has a course coordinator who is responsible for developing the course outline, coordinating all lecture material, arranging for guest lecturers, and compiling and reporting grades. Faculty team members are assigned specific course material by the course coordinator. This allows for use of faculty expertise in specific areas as well as for the pursuit of research and professional development activities by faculty. 
Table 41: Core Courses In The Department Of Clinical Sciences
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Weekly Contact Hours
Core Courses Exclusive To The DCS:
SMED 0371 Radiology? 2 2
LMED 0550 Large Animal Medicine 4 4
LMED 0552 Obstetrics 4 6
LMED 0554 Large Animal Surgery? 1 4
LMED 0570 General Surgery 5 10
SMED 0572 Small Animal Medicine 4 4
SMED 0574 Small Animal Diseases 4 4
SMED 0576 Small Animal Surgery? 1 4
LMED 0651 Large Animal Diseases 4 4
LMED 0653 Genital Diseases 2 2
LMED 0691 Professional Orientation R 1
Core Courses Taught In Conjunction With Other Departments:   
SMED 0391  Introduction to Veterinary Medicine  1
SMED 0392  Introduction to Clinics - I 
LMED 0493  Introduction to Clinics - II 
LMED 0494 Introduction to Clinics &emdash; III 
SMED 0595  Medicine &emdash; Clinics  4 10
SMED 0596  Medicine &emdash; Clinics  4 10 
LMED 0695 Medicine &emdash; Clinics 4 19
LMED 0696 Medicine &emdash; Clinics 6 21