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Pharmacology: Rx for the Fundamentals

Pharmacology: Rx for the Fundamentals

Pharmacology: Rx for the Fundamentals

Lauren R. Eichstadt Forsythe, PharmD, FSVHP
Lauren R. Eichstadt Forsythe, PharmD, FSVHP
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Launch date: 03 Sep 2015
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Last updated: 19 May 2017

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Dispensing medications, both Rx and OTC, is a common occurrence in every veterinary practice. Although prescribing medication falls only to the veterinarian, the actual preparation and labeling of drugs is often handled by members of the practice team. There is more to dispensing of medication than counting pills or writing a label. Team members need to understand the foundational principles of pharmacology and then use that knowledge to help the practice prevent pharmaceutical errors. It is vital that every team member who is involved in handling or dispensing medications be well trained. This training can help prevent adverse events which affect not only the health of patients but the health of the practice.

Pharmacology: Rx for the Fundamentals provides up-to-date information, covering topics such as drug classifications, contraindications, side effects and potential complications. Upon completion of this 6-week course, students will be able to calculate doses provided by the veterinarian and administer medication properly, as guided by the "5 Rights of Medication Administration."

Some of the assignments in the course will require practice resources and/or personal practice experience to complete.


On completion of this course the learner will be able to:
1. Outline the Veterinarian-Client-Patient-Relationship and the 5 Rights of Drug Administration, and how it applies to dispensing drugs
2. Name the different routes of administration and explain injection considerations and concerns
3. Define systems of measurement and illustrate conversion between systems
4. Compare and contrast factors that affect drug absorption
5. Describe the role of the liver and kidneys when considering drug elimination
6. Calculate basic drug dosages
7. List antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal classes and discuss clinical uses and adverse side effects
8. Identify classes of antiparasitic drugs, commonly used ingredients in parasiticides, delivery methods, and common side effects
9. Name zoonotic parasites and evaluate effective treatments for each
10. Identify anti-inflammatory drugs, including NSAIDS and steroids, describe the mechanism of action, clinical uses, pre-screening measures and side effects
11. List opioid drugs, describe the mechanism of action and adverse side effects
12. Describe principles, categories and types of fluid therapy
13. List and describe the different classes of drugs used in anesthesia and analgesia
14. Compare and contrast drugs available to treat epilepsy
15. Outline the anatomy of the nervous system, explain how drugs affect the autonomic nervous system and the central nervous system, and list common side effects
16. Discuss respiratory, cardiac, gastrointestinal, and hormone drug usage and adverse side affects
17. Describe and compare vaccine types and explain vaccine induced adverse reactions
Lauren R. Eichstadt Forsythe, PharmD, FSVHP

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Lauren R. Eichstadt Forsythe, PharmD, FSVHP
on behalf of VetMedTeam

Dr. Lauren Eichstadt Forsythe is a graduate of the University of Findlay, College of Pharmacy. After completing her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree, Dr. Eichstadt Forsythe completed a veterinary pharmacy residency at the Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital. As Purdue's first Veterinary Pharmacy Resident, she was one of only 4 pharmacy residents in the country specializing in veterinary pharmacy. During her residency she developed, coordinated, and taught Purdue College of Pharmacy's first veterinary pharmacy elective course.

Dr. Eichstadt Forsythe is now a pharmacist at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Dr. Eichstadt Forsythe is also an Associate Editor for Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook, and enjoys writing and presenting continuing education for veterinarians and pharmacists. Research interests include transdermal therapy for feline patients, behavior medications and compounding. In her spare time, she enjoys running and competing in hunter and equitation events with her Quarter Horse, Banjo.

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  • AAVSB-Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE)
  • 0.25 Hours -
    Exam Attempts: 3
    Exam Pass Rate: 70

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