ASC306 Applied Animal Pharmacology (8)

This subject investigates why pharmacology is important in animal industries. It covers the principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics and the action of the major classes of therapeutic agents used in animals. Issues of the correct use of drugs, including dose calculation, drug resistance, detection times, withholding periods and export slaughter intervals are addressed. Drug registration and regulation are examined as well as the role of good clinical practice in drug development.


* 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 or pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and drug administration, including drug dose rate calculations development;
  • be able to describe the major classes of drugs used in animals and their modes of actions;
  • be able to describe how these drugs can be used to enhance animal health and welfare, and to improve animal production;
  • be able to discuss issues arising from drug resistance in animal industries;
  • be able to explain the principles of drug discovery and development, and the design of clinical trials; and
  • be able to analyse, interpret and present clinical trial data, including basic pharmacokinetic analysis.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • What pharmacology is and the use of drugs in animal industries: therapeutic and non-therapeutic uses;
  • Dose calculation, drug handling and drug scheduling;
  • Principles of drug action and drug-receptor interactions;
  • Adverse drug reactions and poisonings;
  • Drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics;
  • Pharmacokinetic analysis of IV drug administration;
  • Actions of major drug categories used in animals including: anti-inflammatories; gastrointestinal drugs; cardiovascular drugs; antibiotics; analgesics, anaesthetics; euthanasia drugs, anxiolytics, tranquilisers and sedatives; anthelmintics, anti-parasitic drugs;
  • Indigenous bush medicine and potential for animal health;
  • Drug resistance issues;
  • Drug regulation for competition animals and withholding periods, export slaughter intervals for production animals;
  • Drug discovery and development: what each phase entails, how long the overall process takes, preclinical studies, clinical trials and Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicine Authority (APVMA) registration; and
  • Overlying principles and specific activities of good clinical practice (GCP) in the drug development process.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ASC306 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Online dose calculation quiz
Drug efficacy review
Pharmacokinetics analysis report
Final exam

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

Attendance at the residential school enables students to develop competence in a number of laboratory and clinical skills. These may include some of the following activities: serial collection of blood from horses, measuring drug concentrations in serum to detect excretion rates (e.g. of salicylic acid); and safe handling, including storage, of different drug forms.

Special Resources

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

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: October 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.