Advances in histology and embryology in veterinary medicine in Turkey from the beginning through 2000 are evaluated under three topics: Education of students, scientific research and publishing, and training of scientists. Studies of histology and embryology accelerated after 1952, and these disciplines became established as separate departmental faculties. The first Ph.D. thesis in the area of histology was presented in 1944 and the first embryology dissertation was completed in 1954. Electron microscopy supplemented light microscopy in research beginning in 1969. Courses in histology and embryology were included in veterinary medical curricula for the first time in 1985. Forty-eight Ph.D. theses in veterinary histology and embryology have been conducted in Turkey and numerous academic scientists including 25 assistant professors, 29 associate professors, and 14 professors have been trained. These scholars have published 445 scientific articles and 34 books.