Semester: 5 / Winter
Lectures/Classes: 30 / 30 hours
Field of study: Veterinary Medicine
Study cycle: 1st cycle
Type of course: compulsory
Prerequisites: Anatomy, cell biology, biochemistry, physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology.
Contact person: prof. dr hab. Bożena Obmińska-Mrukowicz
Short description: The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the issues of general pharmacology and the principal groups of drugs. During the course is presented the characteristic of the principal groups of drugs used in veterinary medicine: effects and mechanism of action (pharmacodynamics), disposition and fate of drugs in the body ( (pharmacokinetics), basic indications and contraindications to use particular groups of drugs in animals (foundations of pharmacotherapy), route of administration, adverse effect of drugs and pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic interactions of the agents. Students learn prescribe the all pharmaceutical forms of drugs used in animals. (veterinary prescriptions).
Full description: Pharmacology sections. Basic definitions (concepts) and issues connected with drug acting. Non-cellular and cellular mechanisms of drug action. Fate of drugs in organism. Basic definitions of pharmacokinetic parameters. Pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic drug interactions. Insensibility and hypersensitivity in drug treated animal. Causal activity drugs: antibacterial agents, antifungal, antiparasitic agents (antiprotozan drugs, antitrematodal and anticestodal agents, antinematodal drugs, ectoparasiticides), anticancer agents. Drugs acting on the autonomic nervous system (cholinergic and adrenergic pharmacology). Pharmacology of smooth muscle. Skeletal muscle relaxants. Drugs affecting animal behavior. Anticonvulsant agents. Group of agents which induce sedation. Opioid agonists and antagonists. Drugs used in premedication of companion and farm animals. Inhalation and injectable anesthetics. Immunotrophic agents. Drugs used in animal endocrinopathies. Antihistamines drugs. Antiinflammatory drugs. Chondroprotective agents. Drugs acting on the cardiovascular system. Drug acting on blood and blood elements. Pharmacotherapy of shock. Diuretics. Drugs affecting gastrointestinal function. Drugs affecting the respiratory system. Drugs affecting reproduction.
Bibliography: 1. Riviere J.E. Papich M.G.: Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 9th ed. Wiley-Blackwell, 2009 2. Giquere S., Prescott J.F., Baggot J.D., Walker R.D., Dowling P.M.: Antimicrobial Therapy in Veterinary Medicine, 4th ed. Blacwell Publishing, 2006 3. Boothe D.M., Small Animal Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Saunders Comp., 2001. 4. Maddison J.E., Page S.W., Church D.B. Small Animal Clinical Pharmacology 2nd ed., Saunders Elsevier, 2008 5. Crowell-Davis S.L., Murry T. Veterinary Psychopharmacology. Blackwell Publishing, 2006
Learning outcomes: Knowledge: - explain the basic non-cellular and cellular mechanisms of drug action - describe the properties of different drug classes: pharmacological effects, mechanisms of action, pharmacokinetic parameters, indications, contraindications, drug interactions, adverse effects - use the antibiotic treatment - prescribe the drugs (veterinary prescriptions) Skills: - properly interpret the responsibility of veterinary surgeon related to the use of the drugs in animals - find and use the informations about the medicinal products authorized in EU - prescribe and use the drugs according to the legal regulations - recommend the treatment of infectious and infectious diseases and select the drugs according to the route of administration and the species of animal Social competences: - be responsible for the decisions related to the use of medicinal products in animals - keep the ethical principles related to the use of the drugs in animals - be responsible for the consequences related to the use of the drugs and their adverse effects
Assessment methods and assessment criteria: Veterinary pharmacology I: 50% rating from classes I and + 50% rating from lectures I (test knowledge) → credit I.

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