VSC324 Veterinary Pharmacology, Diagnostics and Therapeutics (8)

VSC324 is an introduction to therapeutic and diagnostic modalities used in veterinary practice to diagnose and treat disease. Foundations of diagnostic imaging techniques such as radiology and ultrasonography, which are cornerstone instruments for veterinary clinical practice, will be introduced. The principles of drug treatment and therapeutic modalities such as antibiotics, anthelmintics and analgesia will be introduced. The principles of anaethesia and surgical interventions for both diagnosis and treatment will also be introduced. Students cannot progress to Phase 2, without the completion of Phase 1.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VSC324. 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

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology, Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)



Subject Relationships

VSC327 Incompatible

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the major pharmaceutical classes and various routes of administration of drugs
  • be able to decribe the principles of pharmocokinetics, bioavailability, drug metabolism and half life.
  • be able to explain the principles of therapeutic intervention, allometric scaling, determination of drug dose rates and drug interactions
  • be able to outline principles of analgesia, anaesthesia, fluid therapy and surgery.
  • be able to describe the principles of radiography and radiology and other diagnostic imaging modalities.
  • be able to confidently integrate knowledge of physiology and pathobiology to construct health management and treatment modalities
  • be able to describe and perform common diagnostic procedures required to diagnose and manage disease in animals.
  • be able to discriminate and perform appropriate diagnostic imaging modalities for specific conditions.
  • be able to select appropriate sedation and anaesthetic agents for routine use in healthy animals


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Drug nomenclature, dose-formulations, routes of administration
  • Pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism, absorption and excretion
  • Drug partitioning in body tissues, metabolic drug interactions and key species differences
  • The role of anaesthesia and analgesia in veterinary medicine and surgery
  • Principles of surgery and wound healing
  • Introduction to diagnostic imaging
  • Radiation safety
  • Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Toxicology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Case management
  • Clinical examination and diagnostic reasoning
  • Communication
  • Companion and Large Animal Medicine
  • Vaccination and Preventative Medicine

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of VSC324 in Session 2 2020. 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 %
Mid-semester test i (short answer)
Radiography test (short answer) online
Osce/practical test (in end of session exam period
Final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.