ASC306 Applied Animal Pharmacology (8)

This subject will introduce students to the multi-million dollar veterinary pharmaceutical industry, the adventure of drug discovery, and the application of these drugs in various animal industries. 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. 


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

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

Grading System



One session


School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

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

Subject Relationships

ASC406 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


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 enhance animal health and welfare, and to improve animal production
  • be able to design clinical trials including drug dose calculations; and
  • be able to analyse, interpret and present clinical trial data.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The pharmaceutical industry - overview of the animal therapeutics industry in Australia.
  • Drug discovery and development - what each phase entails, how long the overall process takes and difficulties involved, preclinical studies, clinical trials, post marketing surveillance and pharmacoepidemiology. Evaluation of drug response in a clinical setting. Comparing new drugs with those already registered for use. Overlying principles and specific activities 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.
  • Dose calculations and drug handling.

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

Travel to and accommodation is required for distance education students attending the compulsory residential school at a CSU campus.

Attendance at the residential school enables students to develop competence in a number of laboratory and clinical skills.

Special Resources

Travel to and accommodation is required for distance education students attending the compulsory residential school at a CSU campus.


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.