Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology A

Subject VETS20012 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 21 hours of lectures and 12 hours of laboratory work.
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment 53 hours (minimum).
Prerequisites: Nil
Corequisites: Nil
Recommended Background Knowledge: Nil
Non Allowed Subjects: Nil
Core Participation Requirements:

Prospective students are advised to familiarise themselves with the Faculty's Academic Requirements Statement

and information about Students Experiencing Disability


Dr Elizabeth Tudor


Subject Overview:

Topics include: Drugs affecting the autonomic nervous system; drugs affecting the cardiovascular system; pharmacokinetics; systems pharmacology and pharmacodynamics.


At the end of the sequence Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology A and Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology B students completing these subjects should understand:

  • the language of pharmacology and toxicology;
  • the concept of drug receptors and molecular responses;
  • the principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics;
  • the mechanisms of action of classes of drugs affecting different organ systems, in particular drugs affecting the autonomic, cardiovascular, renal, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and central nervous systems, as well as anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory and endocrine drugs, anti neoplastic antimicrobial agents, anti parasitic agents;
  • the toxicology of plant, animal, agricultural, industrial and household chemicals.

A 2-hour written examination at the end of semester (80%) and ongoing assessment during the practical course comprising four 15-minute written tests (20%) and indicated in the teaching timetable available at the commencement of the semester.

Prescribed Texts: Nil
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

At the end of the sequence Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology A and Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology B students completing these subjects should have:

  • the ability to integrate scientific information from different discipline areas;

  • the ability to participate in collaborative learning; and

  • developed skills in report writing.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Veterinary Science(PV)

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