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Pharmacists are the only healthcare professionals legally allowed and expected by society to provide care for all species. Over 75% of community pharmacists encounter animal prescriptions in their routine practice, but fewer than 25% of pharmacy schools offer didactic curriculum on this topic, so many pharmacists and techs are deficient in this knowledge. Additionally, the growing number of pets in U.S. households during COVID has created a shortfall of veterinarians to provide timely and comprehensive care, presenting an opportunity for community pharmacists to expand services to the animal population with only 6 additional hours of training.
Essentials of Veterinary Pharmacy will provide community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians with the fundamentals needed to accurately and safely fill prescriptions for companion animals (dogs, cats, horses) that they may encounter in daily practice. Learners who complete this certificate program will have a better understanding of common misunderstandings that may occur with veterinarian prescriptions, how federal laws govern the use of medications in animals, and the basic physical characteristics of companion animals and how their unique pharmacokinetic traits may impact medication use and misuse.
Learners will also be better able to prevent toxicologic emergencies by anticipating risks for accidental ingestion of substances dangerous to pets, avoid communication-related errors and those related to abbreviations that may lead to over or underdosage of prescribed active ingredients, and employ appropriate drug information resources to provide confident counseling tips to veterinary clients and other members of the veterinary team.
Some important notes to remember regarding the Essentials of Veterinary Pharmacy Certificate program: