VNUR20330 Veterinary Applied Pharmacology
Academic Year 2021/2022
This module focuses on the application of pharmacology in veterinary therapy, with particular emphasis on drugs used in veterinary practice in dogs, cats, cattle, sheep and horses. The module also outlines the regulations that determine how animal therapies may be legally stored, prescribed, sold, and administered to animals in the Republic of Ireland.
Although the module is geared towards Stage 2 veterinary nursing students, this module offers elective places, and may also be of interest to BAgSci or BSc students (2nd year and above) with a strong grounding in Biology.
By the end of this module the student should be able to:
Apply a basic understanding of the concepts of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics to clinical situations
Demonstrate an understanding of Irish and European legislation affecting the use of animal remedies,
Apply the principles of safe practice in working with pharmacological hazards,
Identify the correct application of specific therapeutics for the treatment of infection and inflammation, and for treatment of conditions of the different body systems while recognising the importance of antimicrobial stewardship
Recognise how medication errors may arise in veterinary practice; calculate dosages
Read and cite appropriate sources to explain how to correctly advise animal owners on treatments in veterinary species.
Indicative Module Content:
This module commences with an overview of drug interactions on cells and in the body. This module also deals with aspects of drug dispensing including the legislation relating to animal remedies in EU and Irish legislation. The module then deals in overview with the therapeutic drugs used in veterinary medicine. Agents used in anaesthesia are covered in a different module in the veterinary nursing programme.
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