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VETT 1700 - Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians

Credit Hours: 2.00

Prerequisites: Admission into the Veterinary Technician Program; VETT 1020 , VETT 1030 , VETT 1040 , VETT 1060 , VETT 1070 , VETT 1080 , HHSC 1010 , and ITCS 1010  all with grade C or better

This course provides veterinary technician students with instruction in the study of drugs and medical substances of veterinary importance. Topics discussed and emphasized include basics of general pharmacology, routes and techniques of drug administration, governmental drug agencies, systems of measurement and conversion, mathematics affecting dosage, and formulation of drugs. Also covered are the characteristics, classification, usage, storage, and recordkeeping requirements of drugs used in veterinary medicine.

Billable Contact Hours: 2

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Outcome A: Upon completion of this course, students will describe the basics of general pharmacology.


  1. Define terms relating to pharmacology.
  2. List common sources of drugs used in veterinary medicine.
  3. Outline the basic principles of pharmacotherapeutics.
  4. Describe the difference between over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs.
  5. Identify the events that occur to the patient following drug administration.
  6. List and describe routes of administration.
  7. List routes of excretion.
  8. Explain the mechanisms by which drugs produce their effects in the body.
  9. Recognize clinically important drug interactions.
  10. Recognize the various names a particular drug may be given.
  11. List the items that should be on a drug label.

Outcome B: Upon completion of this course, students will describe the routes and techniques of drug administration.


  1. Identify the different forms of drugs that are available.
  2. Describe the correct way to document drug administration.
  3. Explain how to prepare a prescription medication.
  4. Describe the federal government agency requirements for inventory and dispensing of controlled substances.

Outcome C: Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate the use of calculations in pharmacology.


  1. Describe the system of measurement.
  2. Describe how to perform conversions.
  3. Perform drug calculations.
  4. Demonstrate how to prepare percent concentrations.

Outcome D: Upon completion of this course, students will recognize and list various drugs used in nervous, respiratory, urinary, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, integumentary, endocrine, reproductive, and sensory organ system disorders.


  1. Describe how various drugs affect the autonomic nervous system.
  2. Identify the different classes of ANS drugs.
  3. List the major classification of barbiturates.
  4. Describe the indications and precautions for the use of barbiturates.
  5. Describe dissociative anesthesia.
  6. List the indications for the use of narcotics and their potential side effects.
  7. Identify neuroleptanalgesics.
  8. Identify drugs used to control seizures.
  9. List commonly used inhalant anesthetics.
  10. Describe the characteristics of euthanasia agents.
  11. Describe the differences between the actions of expectorants, antitussive, and mucolytics.
  12. Describe the function of bronchodilators.
  13. Discuss the use of antihistamines and decongestants.
  14. Identify potential uses for respiratory stimulants.
  15. Identify renal dysfunction and its effect on the metabolizing and excretion of drugs.
  16. Explore the classes of drugs and the indications for each.
  17. List the four mechanisms of the cardiovascular system.
  18. Identify the indications, physiologic effects, and toxic side effects of cardiac glycosides.
  19. List the four categories of antiarrhythmics, and give an example of each category and list their potential side effects.
  20. Describe the actions and potential side effects of vasodilators, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and diuretics.
  21. List which drugs induce vomiting and which drugs inhibit vomiting.
  22. Demonstrate the pathophysiology of diarrhea and the medications that control it.
  23. Discuss the use of antiulcer medications, laxatives, GI stimulants, antibiotics, and anti-inflammatory agents used in veterinary medicine.
  24. Describe the difference between endogenous and exogenous hormones.
  25. Discuss the uses of gonadotrophins, gonadal hormones, progestins, and prostoglandins.
  26. Describe the hormonal treatment of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
  27. List the classes of insulin and their general characteristics.
  28. Discuss the clinical indications for the common opthalmic and otic agents and their routes of administration.
  29. Identify various classes of opthalmic and otic agents and their possible adverse side effects.
  30. Discuss the use of antiseborrheics, topical antipruetics, fatty acid supplements, astringents, antiseptics, and skin irritants.
  31. Describe the basics of wound healing and topical wound dressings.

Outcome E: Upon completion of this course, students will recognize and list miscellaneous drugs and therapeutic agents.


  1. Describe the ingredients found in antihelmintics and insecticides.
  2. List the classes of parasiticides and their contraindications.
  3. Describe the importance of client education in the use of these drugs.
  4. List indications, uses, and side effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
  5. Describe the mechanism of action of antihistamines.
  6. List the indications for muscle relaxants.
  7. List the two major categories of corticosteroids, their indications for use and any side effects.
  8. Describe the mechanism of action of local anesthetic agents, and the indications for their use.
  9. Define terms related to fluid, electrolyte, and various therapeutic nutritional preparations.
  10. List the distribution of water in the body.
  11. Describe the basic principles of fluid therapy, and provide examples of the categories of fluids used in veterinary medicine.
  12. Discuss fluid additives, oral electrolytes, vitamin, and mineral products.
  13. Discuss various cancer treatment options, drugs used in those treatments, and adverse side effects of various treatments.
  14. Describe the uses and adverse side effects of antidotes and reversal agents.
  15. Recognize the names of common lubricants.
  16. Discuss vaccine types and their advantages and disadvantages.
  17. Recognize drugs used in immunotherapy. Common Degree Outcomes

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. History of pharmacology, units of measurement, and medical math
  2. Absorption and excretion of drugs
  3. Prescriptions and laws
  4. Drug groups and categories, organized by body system
  5. Fluid therapy
  6. Drug administration and excretion routes

Primary Faculty
Renda-Francis, Lori
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Shaw, Andrea
Mirijanian, Narine

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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