Veterinary Pharmacotherapy Series

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two students holding a cat and dogSeries Overview

Many households in the U.S. own at least one companion animal, such as a dog or cat. When pets get sick or are diagnosed with a chronic disease, the stress and financial strain put on owners can seem overwhelming. With so many medication options, pet owners are turning to retail and community pharmacists more and more to cut down on trips to the vet. It's important for these pharmacists to understand the differences between human and veterinary pharmacotherapies to provide the best advice and care possible. This series of courses is designed to enable pharmacists to talk to pet owners and ensure medications for companion animals are effective. Veterinary pharmacotherapy is an area of growing interest and a great additional service for a pharmacy.

This series is broken into four courses, focusing on various topics of common companion animal health concerns. The four courses can be taken all together or individually, though the first course, "Foundations and Endocrinology," must be taken before any of the other three courses. All four courses are fully online and completely self-paced.

Target Audience

This series is intended for retail and community pharmacists who encounter pet owners seeking advice or information about medications for companion animals.

 

Veterinary Pharmacotherapy 1: Foundations and Endocrinology

The first course in this series will cover the basics of veterinary pharmacotherapy as well as endocrinology, a field that includes several of the most common sources of chronic medication. This course will detail the laws and regulations that govern veterinarians and veterinary pharmacists; discuss endocrine diseases, including diabetes, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, hypoadrenocorticism (Addison's disease), and hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing's disease); and prepare participants to start thinking like a veterinary pharmacist.

*This course must be completed before any other Veterinary Pharmacotherapy course can be taken.

Veterinary Pharmacotherapy 2: Prevention, Pain, GI

Preventative therapy and pain management are common reasons for chronic medication in both humans and companion animals. This course covers the prevention of common maladies like worms (heartworm, hookworm, roundworm, and whipworm), fleas, ticks, obesity, and dental hygiene issues. Participants will also learn about pain pathways and general medications used in the treatment of acute and chronic pain. Finally, this course will inform participants about gastrointestinal disorders like pancreatitis and inflammatory bowel disease and describe medications used for GI problems like nausea, constipation, and diarrhea.

Veterinary Pharmacotherapy 3: Infectious Disease, Ophthalmology, Dermatology

Companion animals experience a wide variety of health conditions, just like humans do. This course gives an overview of three common types of problems in pets by focusing on some of the more prevalent issues in each area. In this course, participants will learn about many of the most common infectious diseases, including pneumonia and kennel cough (respiratory diseases), Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia (FeLV), Lyme disease, Feline Herpesvirus, as well as complications from bite wounds and diseases that animals can pass to humans. This course will also discuss common eye conditions, such as glaucoma, cataracts, uveitis, and corneal ulcers. Finally, this course will cover some of the most prevalent skin conditions in pets, including atopic dermatitis, inflammation of the ear, mange, and demedex.

Veterinary Pharmacotherapy 4: Neuro/Behavioral and Advanced Topics

In this course, participants will learn about pharmacotherapy for some of the more complex health conditions faced by companion animals. These topics include neuro/behavioral disorders, cardiology, and nephrology. A wide range of topics, from seizure disorders to separation anxiety, heartworm disease to atrioventricular valve dysplasia, urinary tract diseases to kidney stones and renal failure, will be covered in this course. These topics will be addressed through the lenses of medication therapies, behavior modifications, and diet adjustments.

 

Veterinary Pharmacotherapy Series: Courses 1-4

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Learning Objectives

Foundations and Endocrinology

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to do each of the following in relation to the listed conditions:

  1. Describe the laws and regulations regarding pharmacy as it pertains to veterinary products, veterinary pharmacy and compounding medications.
  2. Identify the following conditions in cats and dogs:
  3. Apply appropriate therapeutic use of medications in the following disease states:
  4. Compare and contrast therapies for similar disease states occurring in humans and how their therapies are similar and/or different

    1. Endocrine disorders
      1. Canine hypothyroidism
      2. Feline hyperthyroidism
      3. Diabetes
      4. Cushing’s syndrome
      5. Addison’s disease
Prevention, Pain, GI

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to do each of the following in relation to the listed conditions:

  1. Identify the following conditions in cats and dogs:
  2. Apply appropriate therapeutic use of medications in the following disease states:
  3. Compare and contrast therapies for similar disease states occurring in humans and how their therapies are similar and/or different

    1. Pain Management
      1. General pain
      2. Osteoarthritis
    2. Preventative Therapy
      1. Heartworm, other worms
      2. Flea/tick
      3. Management of poisonings
    3. Gastrointestinal System
      1. Acute gastroenteritis
      2. Anti-nausea / acid-reducers
      3. Pancreatitis
Infectious Disease, Ophthalmology, Dermatology

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to do the following in relation to the listed conditions:

  1. Identify the following conditions in cats and dogs:
  2. Apply appropriate therapeutic use of medications in the following disease states:
  3. Compare and contrast therapies for similar disease states occurring in humans and how their therapies are similar and/or different

    1. Infectious Disease
      1. Pneumonia
      2. Bite wounds
      3. Feline herpesvirus
      4. FeLV and FIV
      5. Worms
      6. Zoonotic diseases
    2. Ophthalmologic conditions
      1. Corneal ulcers
      2. Uveitis 
      3. Glaucoma
      4. Cataracts
    3. Dermatology
      1. Atopic dermatitis
      2. Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia
      3. Otitis media & externa
      4. Sarcoptic manage
Neuro/Behavioral and Advanced Topics

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to do the following in relation to the listed conditions:

  1. Identify the following conditions in cats and dogs:
  2. Apply appropriate therapeutic use of medications in the following disease states:
  3. Compare and contrast therapies for similar disease states occurring in humans and how their therapies are similar and/or different

    1. Cardiology
      1. Mitral valve disease
      2. Aortic Stenosis
      3. Cardiomyopathy
      4. Heartworm disease
    2. Neurologic conditions
      1. Idiopathic epilepsy
      2. Vestibular disease
      3. Intervertebral disc disease 
      4. Separation anxiety
    3. Urology
      1. iFLUTD
      2. Nephrolithiasis & obstruction
      3. Chronic renal failure
      4. Urinary incontinence

Faculty

Ann Philbrick, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP

Ann Philbrick is an associate professor at the College of Pharmacy at the University Of Minnesota and a clinical pharmacist at the University Of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center. She is on the faculty of St. Joseph’s Family Medicine Residency Program and maintains her pharmacy practice at Bethesda Family Medicine Clinic. She graduated in 2006 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency with an emphasis in Ambulatory Care and a PGY-2 Specialized Residency in Ambulatory Care at the University Of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She became Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy in 2008 and Ambulatory Care in 2015.

From 2010 to 2014, Dr. Philbrick worked as a clinical pharmacist at the Small Animal Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center. Since 2014 she has maintained a casual position in this pharmacy. In 2013, she launched a Veterinary Pharmacotherapy Elective for pharmacy students at the University of Minnesota. To date, over 150 student pharmacists have taken this course.

Schedule

Foundations and Endocrinology
  • Module 1: Introduction to Veterinary Pharmacotherapy
  • Module 2: Endocrine 1: Diabetes, Addison's Disease, Cushing's Disease
  • Module 3: Endocine 2: Hypothyroidism & Hyperthyroidism
Prevention, Pain, GI
  • Module 1: Preventative Therapy
  • Module 2: Pain Management
  • Module 3: Gastrointestinal Disorders
Infectious Disease, Ophthalmology, Dermatology
  • Module 1: Infectious Disease
  • Module 2: Ophthalmology
  • Module 3: Dermatology
Neuro/Behavioral and Advanced Topics
  • Module 1: Neurology & Behavior
  • Module 2: Cardiology
  • Module 3: Urology

Accreditation

Joint Accreditation logoIn support of improving patient care, University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

 
Foundations and Endocrinology

Veterinary Pharmacotherapy 1 Universal Activity Number is 0031-0000-16-018-H04-P. Initial Release Date: July 2016. Expiration Date: July 2019. This knowledge-based online activity has been approved for 3.25 contact hours.

Prevention, Pain, GI

Veterinary Pharmacotherapy 2 Universal Activity Number is 0031-0000-16-019-H04-P. Initial Release Date: July 2016. Expiration Date: July 2019. This knowledge-based online activity has been approved for 4.25 contact hours.

Infectious Disease, Ophthalmology, Dermatology

Veterinary Pharmacotherapy 3 Universal Activity Number is 0031-0000-16-020-H04-P. Initial Release Date: July 2016. Expiration Date: July 2019. This knowledge-based online activity has been approved for 5 contact hours.

Neuro/Behavioral and Advanced Topics

Veterinary Pharmacotherapy 4 Universal Activity Number is 0031-0000-16-021-H04-P. Initial Release Date: July 2016. Expiration Date: July 2019. This knowledge-based online activity has been approved for 4.5 contact hours.

CE completion requirements

  • While anyone can take these courses, only pharmacists will receive CE credit.
  • Following successful completion of the activity requirements (70% or greater on final assessment), a course evaluation, and a verification of completion form, participants will be able to access their CPE data directly from the Monitor. Once information is received by NABP, the tracking system will make CPE data for each participant available to the state boards of pharmacy where the participant is licensed or registered. Please allow 4 weeks after course completion for data to be complete.

Registration and Fees

All Veterinary Pharmacotherapy courses have a registration fee of $100. Sign up for all four courses to receive a 20% discount!

Veterinary Pharmacotherapy 1 - 4 (one time registration): $320 Click Here

Foundations and Endocrinology (Phar X621): Click Here
Prevention, Pain, and GI Disorders (Phar X622): Click Here
Infectious Disease, Ophthalmology, and Dermatology (Phar X623): Click Here
Neuro/Behavioral and Advanced Topics (Phar X624): Click Here