The SMEC Pharmacology module provides veterinary students with basic and applied information on swine treatment options, strategies to maximize efficacy, and skills to pursue judicious use of antimicrobials, reproductive interventions, and the entire spectrum of drug therapies. The course emphasizes case based application and decisions and is approximately 30% web-based and 70% on-site including farms of a variety of structures and functions. During the course, students prepare a thorough evaluation of the pharmacologic interventions that may occur on farms and then implement this evaluation in active production facilities to maximize efficacy, compliance and animal welfare as part of a comprehensive judicious use objective.
The on-line portion of the course is generally self-paced but based on case load, target dates for completion of each module will be established during the rotation. Each module has content that usually includes a recorded lecture and/or required reading. Additionally, each module will have a quiz or assignment. Completing the quiz or submitting the assignment opens access to the next module.
Participants will be competent in how to select or adjust dose regimen based on PK parameters, interpretation of antimicrobial sensitivity test results, complete dose calculations, using clinical trial data to calculate “number needed to treat” (NNT) and setting expectations for treatment outcomes, generating a partial budget for treatment, using FDA and Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databases.
Participants will have a general knowledge of relevant swine specific physiology, regulatory influences on drug selection in food animals, antibiotic free (ABF) production systems, basic clinical pharmacokinetic (PK) parameters including half-life, Cmax, Tmax and area under the curve (AUC), basic drug classes, determination of antimicrobial susceptibility breakpoints, feed drug regulations, AMDUCA guidelines, judicious use concepts, compounding regulations, influence of route of administration on pharmacokinetic parameters of drugs, and how concurrent disease impacts pharmacokinetic parameters.
Participants will be able to analyze and evaluate water medication administration, MIC data, selection of pharmaceutical interventions for reproductive, pain mitigation, antimicrobial treatment, restraint, sedation, anthelminthic activity and a variety of other potential treatment objectives.
Participants will learn the principles of client safety, food safety, and the influence of animal behavior on drug consumption and efficacy.
Veterinary Students - $2,020
Veterinary Students must be in second half of 3rd year or beyond in veterinary school to enroll
Veterinarians - $4,950
On-Site Module Availability:
May 25, 2020 – June 07, 2020
January 18, 2021 – January 31, 2021
This course is subject to a minimum number of participants. A 30 day notice will be given if the minimum enrollment is not fulfilled.
All international participants must complete an application and schedule a video-conference with the SMEC staff prior to enrollment.