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EOD Veterinary Pharmacy

Pharmaceutical Use in Cattle


ANSC 4311E - undergraduatecalf
ANSC 5311E - Master's level
or ANSC 6311E - PhD level

Credit Hours: 3 
Cost: $699 for ANSC 4311E
          $850 for ANSC 5311E and 6311E
This course may also be audited for $699

Fall 2018
August 27 - December 14
Last day to register: August 30
Last day to drop with an X: October 31

"This course was, by far, the most informative course I have taken in
my collegiate career to date."
    - Amanda, ANSC 5311 student


Non-WT students should complete a simple application form and send transcripts to EoD. Drop and refund policies follow the University's drop/withdraw and refund schedule for 16-week courses.

WTAMU students can register through Buff Advisor. The course will be added to your university bill for financial aid and/or payment plan eligibility. This course is eligible for financial aid.

Persons actively involved in the administration, distribution or sale of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceuticals used in food animals can benefit from comprehensive education on the therapeutic options for beef and dairy cattle. Students can use their drug knowledge base and skill set to collaborate with an attending veterinarian to maximize therapeutic outcomes, prevent drug-related problems and protect the wholesomeness of the food supply chain.

Upon completing this course, students will have obtained knowledge and skills that can positively impact educational, veterinary and economic outcomes by applying drug knowledge resources to food animal operations. This course will provide instruction on basic pharmacology, indications, precautions, and adverse effects of veterinary labeled pharmaceuticals for the treatment of diseases affecting beef and dairy cattle. A comprehensive review of the classes of pharmaceuticals used in the therapeutic treatment of disease states will be presented. Legal and regulatory issues that affect responsible pharmaceutical use and food safety topics will be emphasized. Medication use practices supporting quality assurance initiatives will be highlighted. Exploration and utilization of print and internet-based veterinary resources will be presented. Additionally, current topics in production animal medicine will be discussed.


  1. Terms and Definitions
  2. Legal and Regulatory Issues
    1. AMDUCA – Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act
    2. CPG 615.200 Proper Drug Use and Residue Avoidance by Non-Veterinarians
    3. CPG 615.300 Responsibility for Illegal Drug Residues in Meat, Milk and Eggs
    4. Judicious Use of Antibiotics in Beef and Dairy Cattle Principles
    5. Edible Protein Quality Assurance Programs
    6. Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO)
    7. Veterinary Feed Directives (VFD)
    8. Veterinary Drug Distribution and Pharmacy Labeling
  3. Disease State Information
  4. Veterinary Drug Information Resources
  5. Basic Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetics
  6. Classes of Pharmaceuticals
    1. Antibiotics (systemic and intramammary)
    2. Anti-inflammatory; steroids and non-steroidal
    3. Diuretics
    4. Gastrointestinal
    5. Reproductive Management Medications
    6. Endectocides and Antinematodal Medications
    7. Injectable Vitamins and Minerals
    8. Fluids
    9. Antidotes
    10. Miscellaneous Medications
  7. Pharmaceutical Calculations and Conversion Factors
  8. Proper Use of Injectable/Parenteral Drugs
  9. Human Health Hazards of Veterinary Drugs

Those wishing to receive credit for this course need to first check with the graduate coordinators of their respective departments.  Credit will not transfer for Maryland or Kansas students.  Please contact the WTAMU Education on Demand before submitting your enrollment application to confirm WT is authorized to grant credit in your state. 

For information on the course learning objectives, syllabus or course structure, contact Dr. Blythe

 Elaine BlytheINSTRUCTOR
Elaine Blythe, PharmD
Adjunct, West Texas A&M University College of Agriculture
Adjunct, University of Florida College of Pharmacy
Associate Professor, St. Matthew’s University, School of Veterinary Medicine. Grand Cayman BWI.
Certified Online Instructor
Contact Information: eblythe@wtamu.edu | 806.651.2037