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VET 150 - Veterinary Pharmacology

2 Credits, 2 Contact Hours
2 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Introduction to regulations of biologics and pharmaceuticals with a focus on drugs and their clinical application.

Prerequisite(s): Within the last two years: C or better in VET 112IN  and VET 115IN 
Corequisite(s): VET 114 VET 120 VET 150LB VET 205 , and VET 210  
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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Illustrate principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.
  2. Classify general types and groups of drugs, their actions and interactions.
  3. Identify the regulatory framework veterinarians work under in prescribing, dispensing, and labeling medications.
  4. Calculate dosages and demonstrate understanding of expected outcome of administered medication.

Performance Objectives:
  1. Identify the regulatory framework veterinarians work under in prescribing medications.
  2. Identify toxicologic agents in small animal practice and applications of decontamination and antidote therapy.
  3. Use weights and measures correctly.
  4. Calculate dosages.
  5. Differentiate between abnormal and normal responses to medication.
  6. Compare and contrast drug administration routes, variable patient physiology, and expected outcomes.
  7. Differentiate prescription drugs from over-the-counter drugs.
  8. Label and package dispensed drugs correctly.

  1. Principles of Pharmacology
    1. Chemistry and physical chemistry behavior in pharmacologic agents
      1. pH
      2. stability
      3. physical incompatibility
    2. Pharmacokinetics
    3. Pharmacodynamics
    4. Normal and abnormal responses to medications
    5. Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism, Excretion
  2. Drug Nomenclature
    1. Chemical
    2. Generic
    3. Trade
  3. Veterinary Pharmacologic Regulations
    1. FDA
    2. AMDUCA
    3. Label and Extra-label drug use
    4. Withdrawal times
    5. State regulations
  4. Drug Groups, Categories and Effects
    1. Fluid therapy agents
      1. Crystalloids
      2. Colloids
      3. Introduction to transfusion medicine
    2. Topical dermatologic, otic, and ophthalmologic preparations
    3. Antimicrobials
    4. Antiparasitics
    5. Anti-inflammatories
    6. Drugs affecting the gastrointestinal system
    7. Drugs affecting the urinary system
    8. Drugs affecting the cardiovascular system
    9. Drugs affecting the respiratory system
    10. Drugs affecting the endocrine system
    11. Drugs affecting the reproductive system
    12. Drugs affecting the nervous system
    13. Drugs involved in sedation, anesthesia, and analgesia
    14. Chemotherapeutic drugs
    15. Biologics
    16. Nutraceuticals
  5. Clinical Pharmacology
    1. Patient factors
    2. Best delivery route with dosage preparation options
    3. Patient tolerance
    4. Drug resistance
    5. Addressing alterations in absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination
  6. Drug Doses and Calculations
    1. Weights
    2. Measures
    3. Calculation

Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2021/22

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