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Thompson Rivers University

VTEC 1211: Veterinary Pharmacology


In this course, students acquire an understanding of the basics of general pharmacology and pharmacology terms. Students examine preventative medicine and the role of a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) in animal disease prevention and treatment. Topics include legal regulations, drugs and the body and drug dosages.

Learning outcomes

  1. Outline legal regulations regarding use of prescriptions and various drug classes.
  2. Define and describe the terms pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.
  3. Explain how and where drugs/drug classes work in the body.
  4. Explain when and how common veterinary drugs are used.
  5. Proficiently calculate drug dosages for medications as directed by a veterinarian.
  6. Competently fill prescriptions for animals as directed by veterinarians.

Course topics

Module 1: Laws and Regulations

Module 2: Administering Drugs

Module 3: Pharmacokinetics

Module 4: Nervous System Drugs

Module 5: Anti-inflammatory and Pain-Reducing Drugs

Module 6: Cardiovascular and Respiratory System Drugs

Module 7: Gastrointestinal Drugs

Module 8: Urinary and Endocrine System Drugs

Module 9: Drugs for Skin, Eyes, and Ears

Module 10: Antimicrobial Drugs

Module 11: Antiparasitic Drugs

Module 12: Behaviour Modifying and Antineoplastic Drugs

Required text and materials

The following material is required for this course:

  1. Romich, J., & Wagner, S. (2021) Fundamentals of Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians (3rd ed.). Cengage. 
    Type: Textbook. ISBN: 978-0357361474 

Additional requirements

The other resource that students need for this course is the following:

  • A computer with Internet access
  • A video recording device
  • Calculator

Optional materials

  1. Lake, T., & Green, N. (2023) Essential Calculations for Veterinary Nurses and Technicians Lake and Green (4th ed.) Elsevier.
    Type: Textbook. ISBN: 978-0-7020-8401-0

Additional Resources:

Students may also find the following resource useful for looking up any terms in the course:

  1. Aiello, S. E., & Moses, M. A. (Eds.). (2016). The Merck veterinary manual (11th ed.). Merck & Co. ISBN-13: 978-0911910612. (This textbook is available online at: Merck Manual, Veterinary Manual)


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 60% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.

Assignment 1: Prescription and Controlled Drug Log 5%
Assignment 2: Preparing Medications and Vaccines 5%
Assignment 3: Math Review 5%
Assignment 4: Common Veterinary Drugs 10%
Assignment 5: Client Handout and Patient Discharge 5%
Assignment 6: Case Studies 5%
Assignment 7: Practical Critical Thinking Questions 5%
Quizzes (12 × 1.25%) 15%
Discussions (5 × 1%) 5%
Final Exam (mandatory) 40%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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