Applied Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians


  • Boyce Wanamaker, DVM, MS, Program Director, Veterinary Technology Program, Columbia State Community College, Columbia, TN
  • Kathy Massey, LVMT, Instructor, Veterinary Technology Department, Columbia State Community College, Columbia, TN

Designed specifically for veterinary technicians, this essential resource offers detailed guidance on key topics such as managing medication inventory, dispensing veterinarian prescribed drugs, calculating drug dosages, administering medications to animals, and educating clients about drug side effects and precautions. Up-to-date drug information is presented in a consistent, easy-to-use format that includes pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, clinical uses, dosage forms, and adverse side effects. Illustrated, step-by-step procedures demonstrate proper administration techniques for common drug forms.
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Book information

  • Published: May 2008
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-1-4557-3599-0


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Applied pharmacology for veterinary technicians, 4th ed.
Wanamaker, Boyce P. and Kathy Lockett Massey.
W.B. Saunders Co., c2009
978-1-4160-5633-1 SF915 $54.95 (pa)
This textbook details pharmacologic agents and their uses, for veterinary technicians and students. Wanamaker and Massey (veterinary technology, Columbia State Community College) include information on pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, side effects, clinical uses, and dosage forms for each drug. This edition contains proprietary and generic names, online resources such as dosage calculators and videos, and more coverage of the anatomy and physiology of the skin and drugs to treat skin disorders. It also has information on performing calculations for constant rate infusion problems, neoplasia and antineoplastic drugs, herbal medicine, and regulations for controlled substances.

NEW REVIEW -- WANAMAKER / Applied Pharmacology for the Veterinary Technician, 4th Edition. Elsevier, 2008, $54.95. Imprint: Saunders.

Wanamaker, Boyce P., DVM, MS; Lockett Massey, Kathy, LVMT

ISBN: 978-1-4160-5633-1, NLM: SF 915, 481 pages, soft cover.


Levent Dirikolu, DVM, MVSc, PhD(University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)

This book provides very useful and easy to understand pharmacological information for veterinary technicians. The previous edition was published in 2004.

It is intended to help veterinary technicians and students become familiar with the pharmacological agents, their uses, side effects, and dosage forms.

The author targets veterinary technicians in both large and small animal practice, but it appears that most of the chapters are geared toward veterinary technicians in small animal practice.

The book covers all the classes of drugs used in veterinary medicine, their dosage forms, side effects that can be associated with the usage of each class in different animal species (primarily small animals), drug sources, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and the drug development and approval process. The subjects that are well covered in the book include practical dosage calculations in pharmacology, dosage forms, and drugs used in gastrointestinal system disorders. Among the strong features of this book are a variety of available innovative student resource features, including drug administration videos, drug calculators, drug label image collection, animations for drug distributions across cell membrane and drug-receptor interactions, etc. There are some major shortcomings as well. There is very little information about the usage and side effects that can be associated with commonly used drugs in veterinary medicine. The book could provide more information on specific side effects, not just side effects in general. For certain classes of drugs that are not approved to be used in veterinary medicine, the package insert is recommended as a source of more information about the side effects that can be associated with usage in veterinary patients. If the drug is not approved for animals, there won't be any information about the veterinary application of the particular drug in package insert (example diazepam). Definitions of certain terminologies used in the book are not that clear. For example, the degree to which a drug is absorbed and reaches the general circulation is called bioavailability. This can be more easily defined as: "the fraction of the dose that reaches the systemic circulation unchanged is called bioavailability."

Certainly, this fourth edition is justified. New drugs are introduced into the market almost on a daily basis and, therefore, updated information regarding these new drugs and their usage in practice is essential for veterinary technicians. This edition also provides additional student resources.


Weighted Numerical Score: 94 - 4 Stars!

Table of Contents

1. General Pharmacology

2. Routes and Techniques of Drug Administration

3. Practical Calculations in Pharmacology

4. Drugs Used in Nervous System Disorders

5. Drugs Used in Respiratory System Disorders

6. Drugs Used in Renal and Urinary Tract Disorders

7. Drugs Used in Cardiovascular System Disorders

8. Drugs Used in Gastrointestinal System Disorders

9. Drugs Used in Hormonal, Endocrine, and Reproductive Disorders

10. Drugs Used in Ophthalmic and Otic Disorders

11. Drugs Used in Skin Disorders

12. Antiinfective Drugs

13. Antiparasitic Drugs

14. Drugs Used to Relieve Pain and Inflammation

15. Therapeutic Nutritional, Fluid, and Electrolyte Replacements

16. Blood-Modifying, Antineoplastic, and Immunosuppressant Drugs

17. Miscellaneous Therapeutic Agents

18. Veterinary Technician’s Role

Appendix A: Common Abbreviations Used in Veterinary Medicine

Appendix B: Weights and Measures

Appendix C: Resource Information

Appendix D: Controlled Substances Information Summary


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