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Veterinary Pharmacology for the Veterinary Technician
Course: VET220

First Term: 2021 Spring
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S - Standard Load

Description: Actions and uses of pharmacological agents used in veterinary medicine; drug classifications, modes of action, indications and contraindications, routes of administration, and mechanisms of elimination. Dispensing and pharmacy management, and laws regulating controlled substances. Solving medical math problems and calculating drug doses.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Apply the basic principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics as they apply to the veterinary technician. (I)
2. Compute accurate pharmacotherapeutic agent doses. (II)
3. Explain the components of a written medication label. (II)
4. Identify and classify the pharmacotherapeutic agents used in veterinary medicine. (III)
5. Identify medications as controlled substances and explain the legal regulation governing their use. (IV)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Veterinary Pharmacology and the Veterinary Technician
   A. Pharmacology
      1. Safe drug use
      2. Pharmacy procedure
   B. Pharmacokinetics
      1. Routes of administration
      2. Absorption
      3. Distribution
      4. Biotransformation
      5. Excretion
   C. Pharmacodynamics
      1. Drug efficacy
      2. Complementary actions
      3. Synergistic actions
      4. Agonist actions
      5. Antagonistic actions
II. Pharmacologic Calculations
   A. Systems of measurement
   B. Dosage calculations
   C. Solutions
   D. Labels
III. Pharmacotherapeutics
   A. Anti-infective drugs
   B. Anti-parasitic drugs
   C. Anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs
   D. Anesthetic agents
   E. Nervous system drugs
   F. Respiratory system drugs
   G. Renal/urinary tract drugs
   H. Cardiovascular drugs
   I. Gastrointestinal system drugs
   J. Hormonal, endocrine, and reproductive system drugs
   K. Otic drugs
   L. Fluid therapy
IV. Controlled Substances
   A. Identification
   B. Laws and regulations
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: November 24, 2020

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