ASC306 Applied Animal Pharmacology and Therapeutics (8)


This subject will introduce students to the multi-million dollar veterinary pharmaceutical industry, the adventure of drug discovery, the application of these drugs and the treatment and care of injured animals, particularly wildlife and horses. The work of bodies that approve, regulate and monitor the use of therapeutic agents in animals will also be examined. The principles of drug action will be explained and the major classes of therapeutic agent will be investigated. Alternative or complementary therapies will also be examined and discussed.  For those student studying by distance education, this subject has a 3 day compulsory residential school.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
Distance*Wagga Wagga Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ASC306
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology, BCM210 Foundations and Techniques in Biochemistry

Enrolment restrictions

Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
ASC406 ASC406 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the principles and practice of drug discovery and development;
  • be able to explain the principles of drug action and pharmacokinetics;
  • be able to describe the major classes of drugs used in animals;
  • be able to describe how these drugs can be used to accelerate/maximise speed and growth and generally enhance animal performance;
  • be able to design clinical trials;
  • be able to interpret and present clinical trial data;
  • be able to develop a rehabilitation program for injured animals including horses and wildlife species; and
  • be able to expound, argue or state a rational view on complementary therapies.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • The pharmaceutical industry - overview of the animal therapeutics industry in Australia
  • Drug discovery and development. Drug development - what each phase entails, how long the overall process takes and difficulties involved: preclinical studies, clinical trials, postmarketing surveillance and pharmacoepidemiology. Evaluation of drug response in a clinical setting. Comparing new drugs with those already registered for use. Overlying principles and specific activies of good clinical practice (GCP) in the drug development process.
  • Regulatory issues - legal authorities, drug scheduling, safe use of S8s, drug residues.
  • Clinical trials - trial design and implementation. Drug assays for plasma, urine and tissues. Data analysis and presentation of results.
  • Principles of pharmacology including pharmaceutics, principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmodynamics, dose-response studies, drugs and systems therapeutics.
  • Wound management, care and rehabilitation of the injured horse.
  • Management, care and rehabilitation of sick and injured wildlife.
  • Alternative therapies: evidence-based evaluation of alternative therapies used in animals.
  • Dose calculations and drug handling.

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 3 day residential school. Attendance at the residential school enables students to develop competence in a number of laboratory and clinical skills, as well as encouraging face to face discussion amongst their peers and staff, and thereby ensuring that they have access to both scientific enquiry and knowledge, and the opportunity to develop through the social aspects of learning, that face to face interaction can provide. The program will include tutorials and practical classes.

Specialised Resources

Travel and accommodation may be needed to attend a compulsory 2 day residential school.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.