Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology (VETS3013)


Pharmacology is the study of the safe use of drugs in the therapy and prevention of animal diseases. Toxicology refers to pharmacologically active toxins which adversely affect animals. These subjects build on knowledge learnt in Chemistry, Cell Biology and Veterinary Physiology and provide the basis to understand how pharmacological agents work at their site of action and how they behave in the body. In order to link the diseases of animals and their therapy the course runs parallel with Units of Study in Veterinary Pathology, Veterinary Microbiology and Veterinary Parasitology. The application of knowledge learnt in Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology is a major component of clinical veterinary science.
The Unit covers the principles of drug action and then deals with a range of drug classes pertinent to veterinary science and the peculiarities of drugs in the core species.

Further unit of study information


lectures: 36 hrs; tutorials: 16 hrs


intra-semester assessment: Quizz, oral and written task (30%)
end of semester: 1 x 1 hr examination (70%)


VETS3013 Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology Unit Study Guide

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules



Assumed knowledge

Veterinary Science Years 1 - 2

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.