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. For those student studying by distance education, this subject has a 3 day compulsory residential school.

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Session 2
Online*Wagga Wagga Campus
On CampusWagga Wagga Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
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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; and
  • be able to interpret and present clinical trial data.


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 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 compulsory 3 day residential school. Attendance at the residential school enables students to develop competence in a number of laboratory and clinical skills.

Specialised Resources

For those students studying this subject by distance education, travel and accommodation may be needed to attend a compulsory 3 day residential school.


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 21 February 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.