ASC406 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 species. 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 examined at an advanced level and the major classes of therapeutic agent will be investigated.  Students enrolled in the subject via distance education are required to attend a compulsory 3 day residential school.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
Online*Wagga Wagga Campus
On CampusWagga 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: ASC406
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

Animal anatomy and physiology, biochemistry

Enrolment restrictions

This subject is for students enrolled in an approved postgraduate course.
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
ASC306 ASC309 ASC509 ASC306 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the principles and critique the practice of drug discovery and development;
  • be able to explain the principles of drug action and pharmacokinetics and compare and contrast different drugs with respect to their action and pharmokinetics;
  • be able to describe the major classes of drugs used in animals;
  • be able to explain drug resistance and the factors that contibute to the development of such resistance;
  • be able to describe how drugs can be used to accelerate/maximise speed and growth and generally enhance animal performance, the ethics of such application and detecting inappropriate use of such drugs;
  • be able to interpret, critique and present clinical trial data.
  • be able to design clinical trials; and


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 scientific activities of good clinical practice in the drug development process.
  • Regulatory issues- legal authorities, drug scheduling, safe use of S8s, drug residues
  • Principles of pharmacology including pharmaceutics, principles of pharmocokinetics, pharmodynamics, dose response studies, drugs and systems therapeutics
  • Clinical trials trial design and implementation. Drug assays for plasma, urine and tissues, data analysis and presentation of results
  • 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

For those students studying by distance education, additional travel and accommodation may be required to attend the 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.