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General Information


The Pharmacology laboratory provides analytical support for xenobiotic analysis in biological matrices for the College of Veterinary Medicine and other research collaborators. The laboratory provides expertise and has available equipment to measure drugs, drug metabolites, toxicants and some endogenous compounds in a wide range of biological matrices. The laboratory has the expertise and commitment to perform validation tests for all assays and perform quality assurance determinations for all studies. The laboratory also performs a teaching function as it serves as a teaching laboratory for graduate students in the college.


Costs vary depending on the complexity of the assay. Please contact the lab prior to submitting samples. Depending on specific needs for certain assays, some costs may be higher than others. For drug development, costs will be determined on an individual basis depending on the length of time to develop an assay, purchase of column, difficulty of assay, and validation studies performed.


Studies on the detection, actions, uses and effects of drugs and especially drugs in companion and exotic animals and the development of improved analytical procedures for the detection of drugs.


The laboratory is well equipped and has the following equipment: 6 HPLC systems which are capable of mass spectrometry, fluorescence or ultraviolet detection; and an ion chromatograph. The laboratory has already validated many of the assays that will be used for drug analysis.

Sample Submission Information

Download our Sample Submission Form or visit our Submitting Samples page ​for more information.​

Contact Information

  • Lab Director: Sherry Cox
  • Tel: 865-974-5646
  • Email:


  • 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM (EST)
  • Monday – Friday

Shipping Address

  • Pharmacology Laboratory
  • University of Tennessee
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Department of Comparative Medicine
  • 2407 River Drive Room A305
  • Knoxville, TN 37996