ANML607 – Veterinary Pharmacology

Module code
Module title
Veterinary Pharmacology
To provide students with the necessary knowledge of pharmacology and the supply of medications and treatments in a veterinary environment in accordance with relevant professional, ethical and legislative frameworks.
  • SX1801
NZQA Level
Level 6
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
1: Apply concepts of pharmacology to veterinary nursing practice.
2: Detail and distinguish between the effects of common toxins on common companion animals.
3: Analyse classes of drugs and their impact on animal body systems.
- Veterinary pharmacology concepts for veterinary nurses (classes of drugs, application of drugs, body systems; medications for specific conditions; medication indications and contraindications)
- Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
- Toxicology
- Common companion animal (e.g. cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds) poisons and associated treatment
- Professional attributes: compliance with animal welfare standards and workplace health and safety requirements; professional and ethical behaviour; effective communication skills; accurate record keeping
Learning and Teaching Resource
Learning will be facilitated using a range of teaching and learning methods, which may include: tutor facilitated and directed presentations and/or lectures, practical or workshop sessions and activities, guest speakers from industry, demonstrations, online learning activities, scenarios and case studies.
Assessment Criteria
Assessment in this module is mixed mode. The portfolio is comprised of multiple assessment tasks. To pass this module all tasks must be submitted and an overall minimum pass mark of 50% is required.? Students must also meet all the requirements of the competency based tasks to be eligible for a final grade for this module. The final grade will be based on the marks from the achievement based tasks.?
Required Textbooks
An extended reading list will be supplied by the tutor at commencement of the module. This will be updated annually.

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