Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Pharmaceutical Use in Cattle-A Course from West Texas A & M College --Taught by Elaine Blythe, PharmD

Persons actively involved in the administration, distribution or sale of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceuticals used in food animals can benefit from comprehensive education on the therapeutic options for beef and dairy cattle. Students can use their drug knowledge base and skill set to collaborate with an attending veterinarian to maximize therapeutic outcomes, prevent drug-related problems and protect the wholesomeness of the food supply chain.
Upon completing this course, students will have obtained knowledge and skills that can positively impact educational, veterinary and economic outcomes by applying drug knowledge resources to food animal operations. This course will provide instruction on basic pharmacology, indications, precautions, and adverse effects of veterinary labeled pharmaceuticals for the treatment of diseases affecting beef and dairy cattle. A comprehensive review of the classes of pharmaceuticals used in the therapeutic treatment of disease states will be presented. Legal and regulatory issues that affect responsible pharmaceutical use and food safety topics will be emphasized. Medication use practices supporting quality assurance initiatives will be highlighted. Exploration and utilization of print and internet-based veterinary resources will be presented. Additionally, current topics in production animal medicine will be discussed.
1. Terms and Definitions
2. Legal and Regulatory Issues
i. AMDUCA – Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act
ii. CPG 615.200 Proper Drug Use and Residue Avoidance by Non-Veterinarians
iii. CPG 615.300 Responsibility for Illegal Drug Residues in Meat, Milk and Eggs
iv. CPG 608.400 Compounding of Drug for Use in Animals
v. Judicious Use of Antibiotics in Beef and Dairy Cattle Principles
vi. Edible Protein Quality Assurance Programs
vii. Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO)
viii. Veterinary Feed Directives (VFD) and Medicated Feed Additives
ix. Veterinary Drug Distribution and Pharmacy Labeling
3. Disease State Information
4. Veterinary Drug Information Resources
5. Basic Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetics
6. Classes of Pharmaceuticals
i. Antibiotics (systemic and intramammary)
ii. Anti-inflammatory; steroids and non-steroidal
iii. Diuretics
iv. Gastrointestinal
v. Reproductive Management Medications
vi. Endectocides and Antinematodal Medications
vii. Injectable Vitamins and Minerals
viii. Fluids
ix. Antidotes
x. Miscellaneous Medications
7. Pharmaceutical Calculations and Conversion Factors
8. Proper Use of Injectable/Parenteral Drugs
9. Human Health Hazards of Veterinary Drugs
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