Veterinary Pharmacy for Practicing Pharmacists

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Elaine Blythe, PharmD
Adjunct Professor, University of Florida College of Pharmacy
Associate Professor, St. Matthews University, School of Veterinary Medicine
Adjunct, West Texas A&M University, Department of Ag Sciences
Pharmacist, National Veterinary Response Team
Certified Online Instructor

CE Hours


Dates Available

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Upon completing this course, pharmacists will have obtained knowledge and skills that can positively impact educational, veterinary and economic outcomes by applying their drug knowledge resources to veterinary situations. This course will provide valuable instruction on the uses and indications of human and veterinary labeled medications used in the treatment of diseases affecting companion animals.

Common disease states affecting companion animals will be presented.Legal and regulatory issues that affect the practice of veterinary pharmacy will be emphasized. Exploration and utilization of text and internet-based veterinary-specific resources will be highlighted. Additionally, current topics in veterinary medicine and veterinary pharmacy will be discussed.



  • Recall and explain the unique legal and regulatory restrictions applicable to veterinary medicine, food-animal medicine and compounding for animal patients by pharmacists and veterinarians. This includes evaluating compounded medication request and applying ethical standards when providing services to veterinarians, animal owners and animal patients.
  • Explain, define, and distinguish the top 15 disease states in companion animals with particular emphasis on the ability to summarize pharmacotherapy options.
  • Apply effective communication skills with animal owners and veterinarians to: meet state-mandated counseling requirements, enhance medication compliance, solve drug administration problems, and recommend appropriate drug therapy choices for the betterment of animal health.
  • Practice veterinary pharmacy in a competent and safe manner to include the accurate dispensing of chronic and preventative medication prescriptions for animal patients.



Pharmacists in suburban or rural community settings often receive prescriptions from veterinarians for animal patients. To prepare pharmacists to meet the legal counseling requirements and to prevent or resolve drug-related problems, instruction on veterinary disease states and the human and veterinary prescription medications used to treat these conditions is warranted.

At the completion of this program, the participant will be able to:

  • Recall and explain; Guidance for Industry #230 – Compounding Animal Drugs from Bulk Substances and the Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act.
  • Identify, locate and interpret veterinary specific informatics
  • List and describe pharmacotherapy options for these disease states:
    • Feline diabetes
    • Canine diabetes
    • Hypothyroidism in canines
    • Hyperthyroidism in felines
    • Keratoconjunctivitis in canines
    • Anti-Infectives
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Primary idiopathic epilepsy in canines
    • Urinary incontinence in canines
    • Addison’s disease and Cushing’s disease in canines
    • Separation anxiety in canines and felines
    • Osteoarthritis in canines
    • Otitis externa in canines and felines
    • Chemotherapy in companion animals
    • TPN in companion animals
  • Identify the most common oral pharmacotherapies for heartworm prevention in canines and felines
  • Identify the most common therapies for treatment and prevention of fleas and ticks for canines and felines
  • Describe the human/animal bond and its positive effects upon human health
  • Describe the anesthetic and analgesic agents most commonly used in veterinary medicine
  • Discuss public health issues that impact veterinary and human pharmacy



All coursework must be completed within 16 weeks. Students must receive 70% or higher on all exams (consisting of 5-10 questions per exam), complete, submit and receive a passing grade on all 3 case assignments, and submit a course evaluation. The University of Florida College of Pharmacy will report CPE credit to CPE Monitor and CE Broker when applicable. If you would like a paper statement of credit, you may print it from your NABP e-profile. Upon course completion, we will send you a Certificate of Completion as a record of your accomplishments.



This course received no outside funding support.


Computer Requirements

Supported Browsers: Because it’s built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser. Canvas supports the most recent versions of Flash and popular web browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 10 and 11
  • Chrome 42 and 43
  • Safari 7 and 8
  • Firefox 37 and 38 (Extended Releases are not supported)
  • Flash 16 and 17 (for recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files)
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser(supporting the latest system requirements)

Required Components: Flash is required in several places in Canvas: media recording/streaming and viewing as well as uploading files to a course or an assignment. Other than these features, Flash is not required to use most areas of Canvas. The Java plug-in is required for screen sharing in Conferences.

Internet Connection: A broadband Internet connection is strongly recommended. Slower connections should still be able to access e-Learning, but will take longer to load. A wired Ethernet connection is more dependable for test-taking than a wireless connection. Special Note about Satellite service: Some users with satellite Internet service may find their online courses do not load quickly or consistently due to satellite network design issues.



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