PowerPak C.E.® Pharmacist Certificate Program in
Veterinary Pharmacy

Purchase unlimited access to all 10 CE courses (total of 22 credit hours) listed below for 2 years for the one-time fee of $59.00

About the Veterinary Pharmacy Certificate Program

Approximately 65% of U.S. households—nearly 80 million homes—have animals as pets. It's no surprise, then, that community pharmacists are filling more and more prescriptions for pets, and many pharmacies actively solicit prescriptions for animals.

Pharmacists are the only health care professionals that are legally permitted and also expected by society to provide competent pharmaceutical care and counseling for patients of all species, not just humans.

This can be challenging, given that most pharmacy school curricula still focus almost exclusively on principles of human pharmacotherapy. Pharmacists who wish to fulfill their societal mission must take the initiative to learn principles of veterinary pharmacotherapy. A credible education program—authored by an experienced veterinary pharmacist and peer-reviewed by experts in veterinary pharmacology and practice—is critical to success.

This 22-credit certificate program provides a comprehensive immersion in the most important and relevant aspects of veterinary pharmacy. Pharmacists who complete all 10 cutting-edge modules will gain a working knowledge of key topics such as:

  • Anatomical and physiological considerations in non-human patients.
  • Drug disposition and toxicology in non-human patients.
  • Legal and regulatory considerations in veterinary pharmacy practice.
  • Drug information resources for veterinary pharmacy.
  • Indications, mechanisms of action, dosing, adverse effects, and safety profiles for the top 25 veterinary drugs.
  • Pharmacotherapy and patient counseling for common conditions in dogs, cats, and horses.
  • Compounding prescriptions for animal patients.

All of the modules were written by a board-certified veterinary pharmacist with more than three decades of experience in a veterinary teaching hospital.




Course Outline

This program contains 10 cutting-edge modules:


MODULE 1. Anatomical and Physiological Considerations for Drug Therapy in Non-Human Species

This module introduces pharmacists to important comparative anatomical and physiological features of non-human patients that have implications for drug therapy and monitoring. This information is necessary for pharmacists to (1) provide competent pharmaceutical care and counseling for animal patients and (2) offer rational consultation to veterinarians seeking to use new human drugs in animal patients.

2.0 CPE Credit Hours

MODULE 2. Principles of Toxicology in Non-Human Species

This module educates pharmacists about drugs, excipients, preservatives, flavors, dyes, and foods that are known or suspected to cause toxicities in dogs and cats, with an emphasis on the mechanisms by which these items cause harm in each species.

2.0 CPE Credit Hours

MODULE 3. Regulatory and Ethical Issues in Veterinary Pharmacy

This module provides pharmacists with important information about veterinary drug law and aspects of ethical professional behavior when dispensing drugs for use in non-human species.

2.0 CPE Credit Hours

MODULE 4. Veterinary Drug Information Resources

This module introduces pharmacists to the most commonly used information resources for veterinary medicine and reviews critical analysis of published veterinary information.

1.5 CPE Credit Hours

MODULE 5. Top 25 Veterinary-Only Prescription Drugs Part 1: Antimicrobial Agents and Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

This module provides detailed information about the most commonly prescribed veterinary-only antimicrobial agents and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

3.0 CPE Credit Hours

MODULE 6. Top 25 Veterinary-Only Prescription Drugs Part 2: Hormonal Drugs and Selected Individual Agents

This module provides detailed information about veterinary-only hormonal agents and selected individual agents that are prescribed commonly for animals.

3.0 CPE Credit Hours

MODULE 7. Providing Pharmaceutical Care and Products for Dogs

This module covers the most common canine disease states, principles of therapy and monitoring, and important counseling points, with the goal of enabling pharmacists to provide optimal care and products for dogs.

2.0 CPE Credit Hours

MODULE 8. Providing Pharmaceutical Care and Products for Cats

This module covers the most common feline disease states, principles of therapy and monitoring, and important counseling points, with the goal of enabling pharmacists to provide optimal care and products for cats.

2.0 CPE Credit Hours

MODULE 9. Providing Pharmaceutical Care and Products for Horses

This module covers the most common equine disease states, principles of therapy and monitoring, and important counseling points, with the goal of enabling pharmacists to provide optimal care and products for horses.

2.0 CPE Credit Hours

MODULE 10. A Review of Nonsterile Compounding Essentials for Veterinary Patients

This module equips pharmacists with the knowledge and skills needed to facilitate preparation of high quality and legally compliant simple, moderate, and complex nonsterile compounded preparations for veterinary patients.

2.5 CPE Credit Hours



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