Learning outcomes of the course unit
Provide the student with knowledge on the main molecules and active ingredients of veterinary interest
As per First Degree Course
Course contents summary
The Course provides students with the essential concepts of general Pharmacology including Pharmacodynamics and Pharmacokinetics with particular emphasis on the action of drugs, receptors, the agonist-antagonist concept, therapeutic indications, absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion. The student is expected to understand the interactions between drugs both at a pharmacodynamic and at a pharmacokinetic level and the undesired effects of drugs. Additionally, the student is expected to be familiar with the drugs that act on the central, automonous and somatic nervous system, adrenergic and cholinergic pharmacology, injectable, local and inhalation anaesthetics, anticoagulants, inotropes, vasodilators, calcium channel blockers, anti-arrhythmia agents, ACE-inhibitors, diuretics, thyroid hormones and anti-thyroid drugs, natural and natural and synthetic glucocorticoids, Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), drugs active on the gastrointestinal functions and on the respiratory apparatus. The student is expected to gain knowledge of the legislation relative to the production of the veterinary drug.
ADAMS H.R. - 'Farmacologia e Terapeutica Veterinaria', 2a Edizione italiana a cura del Prof. Carlo Beretta, Edizioni Medico Scientifiche Internazionali - Roma, 1999.
The recommended text is a Pharmacology and Veterinary Therapy text. Students only need to study the parts regarding pharmacology and not the therapeutic patterns. The sections regarding nutritional pharmacology. Therapeutic gases and drug residues are not part of the Pharmacology programme. The students are, however, reminded that the text must be integrated with classroom lectures.