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Veterinary Medicine and the Community Pharmacist

Community pharmacists’ role in veterinary care has been growing and thus they should be prepared to provide the same quality of care to their veterinary patients as they do for their human patients. Veterinarians may provide prescriptions to be filled in a community pharmacy at the pet owner’s request or for medications that are not available at the veterinary clinic. While community pharmacists may be accustomed to filling veterinary prescriptions, they may not have the training necessary to check the accuracy of the prescribed medications or dosages or to counsel the pet’s owner about drug administration, side effects, or other issues specific to pet medications and delivery. Community pharmacists must also be familiar with the most common disease states and approved medications for animals as well as specific laws regarding veterinary prescribing and dispensing.

The format for this continuing education session will be case-based. Each topic will begin with a patient case and therapeutic question which will be answered through examination of the most recent literature. Pharmacists will utilize information from this continuing education program to provide up- to-date, evidence-based OTC recommendations for their patients.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Demonstrate working knowledge of regulations governing dispensing of medications to clients for animal patients.
  • Select and interpret appropriate veterinary drug information resources, given a veterinary drug information question.
  • Explain basic concepts of pharmacology and pharmacokinetics in different species.
  • Counsel clients and veterinarians regarding use of prescription and nonprescription medications for companion animals.
  • Distinguish veterinary pharmacy as a specialized area within pharmacy practice and its impact on public health.


Ann M. Lynch, BSP, PharmD, RPh, AE-C
Ann M. Lynch, BSP, PharmD, RPh, AE-C is Professor of Pharmacy Practice at MCPHS University, School of Pharmacy, Worcester/Manchester. She received her bachelor of science in pharmacy from Northeastern University in 1991 and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from MCPHS-Boston in 2005. She is currently the director of the MCPHS/Walgreens Community Pharmacy Residency Program in Worcester and is a nationally certified Asthma Educator. Her current community and ambulatory care practice sites include Walgreens and Community, a Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy where she precepts advanced community and ambulatory care pharmacy students.

Dr. Lynch’s clinical and scholarly interests area in the areas of the management of asthma/COPD, diabetes, women’s health, rheumatology, complementary and alternative medicine, drug interactions and veterinary pharmacy. She has published several peer-reviewed abstracts, manuscripts, monographs and textbook chapters on various topics including asthma/COPD, veterinary pharmacy, osteoarthritis, seizures, scleroderma, premenstrual syndrome, insomnia and osteoporosis.


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Release Date: May 15, 2019
Expiration Date: May 15, 2021
Contact Hours: 1.5
Universal Activity Number: 0026-0000-19-002-H01-P | Application-based
ACPE Topic Designator: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

Registration Fee: Free to MCPHS Alumni and full-time employees; $12.00 for all other professionals.