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Course Syllabus

PHPR 49000
Course Coordinator Course Information
Name: Elizabeth Young, Pharm.D, FSVHP Credit Hours: 1 semester hour
Email: Semester: Spring 2018
Office: Lynn Hall G361 Dates: March 9, 2017 – April 27, 2017
Office Phone: 765-494-7622 Lecture Days/Times: Every Friday, 11:30am-1:20pm
Office Hours: by appointment (email to Location: WALC 3127

First or second professional year of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program must be complete.

Course Description
This elective is an introductory course to veterinary pharmacotherapy. It will build on knowledge of
human pharmacotherapy that students are expected to have from their professional years. This elective
will cover basic anatomy and physiology of animal patients, including dogs, cats, horses, cows and other
food animal species. It will also focus on laws and regulations that are applicable to veterinary
pharmacy and how they can affect the retail pharmacist in practice. In order to achieve this elective’s
goals, PowerPoint lectures, quizzes, case reports, prescription reviews, and projects will be used.

Course Goals
1. To compare and contrast common veterinary and human disease states.
2. To develop an understanding of the differences in anatomy and physiology in animal patients and
why we cannot assume they are just “small humans.”
3. To provide students with resources and references in veterinary pharmacy that will be useful in
4. To compare and contrast veterinary and human prescriptions.
5. To understand laws and regulations that are important to filling veterinary prescriptions and
compounding for veterinary patients.

Learning Objectives
1. Understand different veterinary credentials and specialties.
2. Demonstrate the ability to use veterinary drug information resources in order to answer drug
information questions and check prescription accuracy.
3. Describe the basic anatomy and physiology of animal patients and how they affect drug
pharmacokinetics in different species, with emphasis on cats, dogs, horses and food animals.
4. Identify environmental and chemical toxins for different animal species.
5. Identify flea and tick products used in cats and dogs and be able to distinguish between regulatory
bodies for these products.

6. Gain an understanding of the most common disease states seen in veterinary medicine.
7. Demonstrate the ability to review a veterinary prescription and assess its completeness and legality.

Textbooks and Materials

1. Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook, 8th Edition: Online Edition
 Online and mobile app access are available for free to students.
 Download here:!/
2. Lecture notes from Blackboard
 Will be posted the day before each lecture.

Veterinary-Specific Textbooks:
Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 9th Edition IBSN-13: 978-0813820613
(Riviere and Papich)
Small Animal Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, IBSN-13: 978-0721605555
2nd Edition (Boothe)
Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 7th Edition; IBSN-13: 978-1416065937
Volumes 1 and 2 (Ettinger)
Saunder’s Handbook of Veterinary Drugs (Small and IBSN-13: 978-0323244855
Large Animal), 5th Edition (Papich)

General Pharmacy Textbooks:

Trissel’s Stability of Compounded Formulations, 5th IBSN-13: 978-1582121673
Edition (Trissel)

Pharmacy Library Database
Veterinary Library Database
an (link from Pharmacy Library Database)
PubMed (link from
Pharmacy Library Database)
U.S. Pharmacopoeia –
National Formulary (USP-NF)
FDA Animal & Veterinary
FDA Green Book (Animal
Drugs @ FDA)
Merck Veterinary Manual
American Veterinary Medical
Association (AVMA)

Assignments and Projects
Written Case Reports
Students will have two veterinary cases to evaluate. One case will be worked up in groups and one case
will be worked up individually. These cases will be written following the SOAP note format. More
information will be provided in class.

Prescription Review and Counseling Points

During each class, students will be presented with a prescription to evaluate and check for accuracy.
Students will also be asked to give key counseling points they would relay to a caregiver. Each student
will work independently and their responses will be recorded on an index card, which will be provided
by the instructor. These index cards will be used to assess participation and attendance.

Each week there will be a quiz given at the start of class that covers material from the previous lecture
and material from assigned reading. Students will have 10 minutes to complete these quizzes. Types of
questions can include multiple choice, short answer, fill-in-the-blank, matching, and calculation
questions. Students may be given case questions that require them to use resources during the quiz.

The final exam will be the only exam for this course. Types of questions can include multiple choice,
short answer, fill-in-the-blank, matching, and calculation questions.

Purdue Honor Pledge
As a boilermaker pursuing academic excellence, I pledge to be honest and true in all that I do.
Accountable together – we are Purdue.

Academic Integrity
Cheating in any form will not be tolerated. This can include, but is not limited to, plagiarism or copying
answers on quizzes and other assignments. Students will receive an automatic “0” on any assignment
where they are caught cheating and the case will be given to the Dean of Students Office.
“Academic integrity is one of the highest values that Purdue University holds. Individuals are
encourages to alert university officials to potential breeches of this value by either emailing or by calling 765-494-8778. While information may be submitted anonymously,
the more information that is submitted provides the greatest opportunity for the university to investigate
the concern.”
-Office of the Provost

Since there is a large amount of information to cover in our 8 weeks, it is expected that all students
attend every lecture and complete all assigned readings. Questions on quizzes and exams can and will
come from both lecture material and assigned readings. Requests for an excused absence must be
submitted, in writing, to the instructor at least one week prior to said absence.

When emailing the course instructor, please include the course name in the subject heading. Close the
email with your full name. The course instructor will make every effort to respond to all student emails
within 24 hours.

Late Assignments
It is expected that all assignments are turned in to the instructor prior to the identified due date. Any
assignment turned in after the due date will receive a 5% deduction in grade. Assignments turned in
more than 72 hours after the due date will receive a “0.”

Classroom Etiquette
Cell phones are not permitted in class unless they are being used as a references (i.e. Plumb’s Mobile
App). Students are expected to dress according to the College of Pharmacy dress code for all lectures.

Evaluation of Attendance & Participation

It is expected that all students attend each class. Attendance and participation will be evaluated using
index cards during each class. See “Prescription Review and Counseling Points” above.

Grading for this course is outlined below. All grades will be entered into Blackboard.

% of Total Grade
Attendance/Participation 20%
Weekly Quizzes (6 total) 40%
Final Exam 40%
Total 100%

The grading scale for this class is as follows:

Grade Grading Scale

A 90% - 100%
B 80% - 89%
C 70% - 79%
D 65% - 69%
F < 65%

If at any time a student would like to challenge a grade, they must submit the challenge to the instructor,
in writing, within 72 hours of the grade being posted to Blackboard. Challenges that are submitted after
72 hours will not be regarded by the instructor.

This syllabus is subject to change at the instructor’s discretion. If any changes are
made, the instructor will submit these changes to students in writing via